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It's the Tour de Essex...Tour de France route is revealed
8:10pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
THE best cyclists in the world will be pedalling through parts of Uttlesford, Braintree, Chelmsford and Epping Forest next year, following confirmation today in Paris of the 2014 Tour de France route.
Le Tour will be coming to Essex on Monday 7th July 2014 for the third stage in the three-week race. The full route announcement was made earlier today at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. The first two stages will take place in Yorkshire, beginning in Leeds on Saturday 5 July.
The third stage of Le Tour starts from Cambridge and then moves on to Essex before heading to London to finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
The route enters Essex north of Saffron Walden, taking in parts of Uttlesford, Braintree, Chelmsford and Epping Forest, leaving the county through Epping en route to London.
For two likely competitors the route through Essex will feel very close to home - Team Sky’s Ian Stannard, who supported 2013 winner Chris Froome to the yellow jersey and Movistar’s Alex Dowsett, who won a stage of the 2013 Tour of Italy, are both from Chelmsford.
View the full route here http://www.essex.gov.uk/Documents/TdeF_Cambridge-London.pdf
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