Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The world’s most famous cycling race is coming to Cambridgeshire.
On July 7 next year, stage three of the Tour de France will begin on Gonville Place in Cambridge with the peloton travelling past the St Johns, Trinity and Kings colleges as they cycle along Kings Parade and Trumpington Street before leaving the city via Trumpington Road.
They will race through the rest of Cambridgeshire via the A1301 taking in Trumpington, Great Shelford and Hinxton before finishing on The Mall in London.
The last two Tour winners, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, are both English.
Councillor Martin Curtis, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “It is awe inspiring to think of Cambridge being taken over by the greatest cycle race in the world with the spirit, glamour and sheer wonder it will bring.
“It is not every day the best cyclists on the planet come to your country, let alone county and we have a duty to make it a fantastic experience for everyone.
“There is much work to do and many challenges ahead of us but Le Tour’s visit is a great opportunity to create a long lasting legacy for cycling not just in Cambridge but throughout the county.
“I don’t think anyone can fail to be inspired by seeing the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome or Mark Cavendish ride and our challenge is to use this unique opportunity to encourage people onto their bikes.
“I am sure the day will live long in all our memories.”
Exact details of the route can be found at www.letour.2014stage3.com
In the build up to the arrival of the Tour, detailed information will be given to residents, businesses and visitors regarding the impact of the race on Cambridge and the county will be made available at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/letourstage3 www.cambridge.gov.uk/le-tour-cambridge as well as through leaflets, roadshows and events.
There will also be information via Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeTourCambridge or Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeTourCambridge