Its almost here, Tour De France and the Le Grand Depart
I thought it best to let you know, just in case you didn’t… that the Tour De France will be kicking off from London on Saturday the 7th with the Prologue followed by Stage 1 leading out from Greenwich to Canterbury on the 8th
Opening Ceremony – Friday 6 July 2007
Trafalgar Square will host a celebration of the 2007 Tour de France arriving in London. It’ll be free to partake, and Nelson’s Column should make an impressive backdrop for the planned events. More information about the Ceremony as we get it. Starts at 6pm
Prologue – Saturday 7 July 2007
To get a good spot as the Prologue twists through central London, be sure to get there very early. The actual race will be preceded by the publicity caravan, where you’ll be drowned with free products distributed by the many sponsors of the race.
# Caravan – 1pm
# Race Starts 3pm
# Race Ends – 6.20pm
Stage 1 – Sunday 8 July 2007
The caravan parade leaves the Mall at 8.40am. Riders will be signing on from 9.25am to 10.20am. The riders will then leave the Mall at 10.25am and there’s a ceremony at Tower Bridge at 10.45am. The race will then get properly underway when the riders reach Greenwich, opposite the Maritime Museum at 11am, in what is commonly referred to as the départ réel. The Tour director will announce the start of the race by waving a white flag from the official car.
There is no other sporting event like it, the worlds largest free to view spectator sport and only just behind the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics in terms of its global visibility. Come along and have the best weekend of cycling you may ever ever have.
Text from LondonCycleSport