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February 09, 2006

London Grand Depart details released

24dash.com | Mayor announces London 2007 Tour de France route

Grand Depart diorama
AP Photo/Kristy Wigglesworth

Details of the 2007 Tour de France “Grand Depart” from London were released today.

The Tour's opening ceremonies will be in Trafalgar Square July 6, 2007. The 8-kilometer prologue will start there, and take in Downing Street, Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and Hyde Park, finishing on The Mall near the palace.

Stage 1, a 200-km day for the sprinters, on July 7, will begin on The Mall, passes the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Tower of London, out through Greenwich and finishes at Canterbury.

Discussions are underway on how best to memorialize the 2nd anniversary of the London transit bombings, which were July 7, 2005.

Said London Mayor Ken Livingstone:

"Having the Grand Depart on July 7 will broadcast to the world that terrorism does not win, it does not change a city, it does not shake our faith," Livingstone said. "There will be no better way of celebrating the unity of humanity than this great sporting event in this city on that day."

Also:

BBC Sport | Tour to start in Whitehall in '07 (with maps)

letour.fr | The Tour discovers London in 2007

Monsters & Critics | Whitehall to welcome Tour de France start

Posted by Frank Steele on February 9, 2006 in Top Stories, Tour de France 2007 | Permalink

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