MONDAY, JULY 7TH – STAGE 3 – 155km
Tour de France Says:
A short 155 km stage to the British capital, which gave the Tour de France an unforgettable welcome in 2007. A prestigious stage which will take the peloton alongside the Olympic Park and London’s most famous landmarks before finishing opposite Buckingham Palace. Of course, with everything pointing towards a mass sprint, the spotlight will back on Cavendish. Will he be at the top of his game? I think so. But one thing is for sure: the crowds will turn out in force, as large and fiery as seven years ago.
Intermediate sprint Cambridge / Londres 155KM
- Km 108.0 – EPPING FOREST
- Last km Cambridge / Londres 155KM
Prince William and his wife Kate also have the title of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The city also shines thanks to the prestige of its university. Its former students also reached excellence in terms of sports. They were indeed the first, in 1856, to put down on paper the rules of the game of football. Oar in hand, the strong gentlemen of Cambridge dominate the most prestigious rowing race of the year, The Boat Race, against Oxford each spring, since 1829. One can therefore expect a glorious page of cycling history to be written on route to London.
Stage town for the 1st time
County Town and Administrative Centre of Cambridgeshire
Population : 126,000 inhabitants
Economy : Silicon Fen (tech companies ? an analogy with Silicon Valley in the US) is one of the main technology hubs in Europe. World renowned university made up of 31 colleges, founded in 1209
Culture : King’s College Chapel, Trinity College, Great St Mary’s Church, Round Church, Fitzwilliam museum, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Sedgwick museum (earth sciences), Whipple Museum of the history of science. Festivals : Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge Comedy Festival, Cambridge Literary Festival, Summer in the City, Strawberry Fair
Sport : Cambridge United (football), Cambridge RUFC (rugby). Events: The Boat Race (boat race on the Thames between Cambridge and Oxford Universities since 1856), Varsity Match (annual rugby match between Cambridge and Oxford Universities since 1872)
Specialities : Fitzbillies Chelsea buns, Trinity cream Sustainable Development: 350 km of cycle lanes in the town and its surrounding area, cycle hire scheme, 25 km of The Busway (dedicated bus lane)
On several occasions, the British capital found itself at the heart of the sports world, hosting for example the Olympic Games (1908, 1948 and 2012). For the cycling fans, the way London welcomed the pack of the Tour during the 2007 Grand Dpart will remain in the minds of many. From the team presentation at Trafalgar Square to Fabian Cancellara’s time-trial victory in front of Buckingham Palace and the solemn start of stage 1 on Tower Bridge, the riders were boosted by a crowd that hadn’t yet witnessed the exploits of Cavendish, Wiggins or Froome? Promising for 2014!
Stage town for the 2nd time
Capital City of the United Kingdom
Population : 3 million inhabitants (Londoners), 8.3 million in Greater London
Economy : Leading fi nancial centre in the world (the City is the largest European business centre), largest University in Europe (125,000 students), tourism (27 million visitors a year), UK’s third largest port
Culture : Museums (National Gallery, British Museum, Tate Modern), monuments (Buckingham Palace, Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben), home to classic and pop/rock music
Sport : 14 professional football clubs, four rugby teams in the English championship. Events: Wimbledon (tennis), marathon, cricket, Boat Race (boat race on the Thames between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge). London is the only city to have hosted the Olympic Games three times (1908, 1948 and 2012)
Specialities : english breakfast (a hearty breakfast), fish and chips, cheese cake, apple pie, pudding, beer, tea
Sustainable Development : London is the greenest of all the great world cities (40% green spaces), urban beach