Tour de France to see thousands line streets of London

By Rob Virtue on July 5, 2014 8:29 AM |


Grab your binoculars and peer out from your office window or just get pitch up early for a roadside spot.

The Tour de France is coming to east London and with it a host of top international cycling talent.

The centrepiece of the two wheel calendar begins in Leeds on Saturday before arriving in the capital on Monday, during stage three.

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Starting at Cambridge it will head into London and over to the Olympic Park by early afternoon before racing through the Royal Docks, alongside Canary Wharf and heading into central London. It will finish at The Mall at around 4pm.

It's the first time the Tour has visited the capital since 2007 and Mayor Boris Johnson said it would prove to be an unmissable event.

He said: "The Tour in London will be the most fantastic spectacle of sport, which will surely delight and entertain. Forget Rio, the real carnival this year is to be had in these magnificent fan parks with our wonderful volunteers.

British Olympian Chris Froome will be leading the homegrown hopes having replaced Bradley Wiggins as Team Sky's leading cyclist.

The Tour will cause road closures across east London. In Tower Hamlets the A1261 Aspen Way will shut and the A1203 Limehouse Link/The Highway past Poplar, Shadwell and Wappng.

Newham sees Stratford High Street, West Ham Lane and Prince Regent Lane closed. The roads will be affected from 10am until 6pm.

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Transport for London is asking people to plan their journeys

Chief operating officer for surface transport, Garrett Emmerson, said: "We've been working long and hard to plan for the return of the Tour to the capital and now we are asking Londoners to start their planning too."