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January 11, 2006

London Tour start announcement likely within the month

Independent Online | Cycling: London moves stage closer to hosting start of Tour de France

Press conferences have been scheduled for January 24th in Paris and February 10th in London to make announcements on the British capital's Tour bid. Officials won't confirm that London has the nod, but there's no reason to hold a press conference in London to announce a Tour start in Rotterdam, Utrecht, or Lugano, the other candidates.

The Tour has visited England twice, most recently in 1994, but has never included London. The proposal, initially hatched in 2003 for the 2006 Tour, was for a 2007 Tour start, with a prologue around London landmarks, a Stage 1 from Greenwich to central London, and Stage 2 out to the coast, before a transfer across the Channel.

Any bad blood over the 2012 Olympics, awarded to London over Paris, has apparently been set aside.

Previously:

November 15, 2004 | UK press reports 2007 Tour will come to London

July 5, 2004 | 2007 London Tour start moves forward

April 27, 2004 | London start in 2007?

September 12, 2003 | London bids for Tour stages

Posted by Frank Steele on January 11, 2006 in Tour de France 2007 | Permalink

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