The Tour de France is coming to Essex!

Gazette: The Tour de France is coming to Essex! The Tour de France is coming to Essex!

Essex will host part of the biggest cycling race in the world next Monday and the Echo and Gazette newspapers will be bringing you unrivalled coverage in the run-up to the event.

Every day this week, starting tomorrow, our sports pages will feature a number of stories about the Tour de France's visit to Essex, with Maldon man Alex Dowsett set to play a starring role in this year's race.

What you can expect in this week's sports pages.

Analysis from this weekend's British Cycling National Road Race and Time-Trial Championships, including interviews with the local riders.

An extended analysis piece from local rider and bike store owner Jason White, including a five-minute video of the tour route through Essex, with local vantage points and what to expect.

We visit Cafe Knead at the Blue Egg, in Braintree - a regular haunt of Alex Dowsett, Mark Cavendish, Russell Hampton and cyclists countywide - to speak with the owners about how they cater for the riders (plus we do a taste test!)

An extended interview with Alex Dowsett about his hopes and dreams for the next month.

Plus we dissect the route for you - with a guide on who to watch/ where to watch We will also be on the packed streets on the day, giving you first-hand coverage of what is the biggest sporting event to hit the county this year.

Don't miss it - only in this week's Echo and Gazette sports pages.

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