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Tour De France to skirt close to Harlow

Communities / Wed 23rd Oct 2013 pm31 01:58pm

tourde2THE best cyclists in the world will be pedalling through parts of Uttlesford, Braintree, Chelmsford and Epping Forest next year following confirmation 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 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.

View a map of the route from Cambridge to London

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.

Harlow residents will catch them at just a mile down the A414 after Hastingwood.

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.

County Councillor Ann Naylor, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing, said: “We’re delighted to be able to say “bienvenue” from Essex to a global audience of up to 3.5 billion people next July.

“This is yet another great sporting event to come to our county, building on our success with the Olympic Mountain Biking event and the Torch Relay for London 2012.

“Cycling is not only a fast-growing global sport but a great way of keeping fit and healthy. It’s wonderful that we may have two inspirational Essex-born stars riding through their home county and I’m sure the spectacle of the peleton flashing through our towns and countryside will be a brilliant way to showcase our county to the world.”

Cllr Naylor added: “Over the coming months we will be working closely with the event organisers, district, borough and city councils and other partners to confirm plans and ensure Le Tour passes through Essex safely and successfully.
“We appreciate there will be some travel disruption in Essex on the 7th July, however we are already working on plans to ensure this will be kept to a minimum. More information on road closures and alternative routes will be made available over the coming months.”

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