Plans for the Tour de France 2014 revealed last week that Cambridge, Britain’s prime cycling city, is to be on the route and is to host a leg of the 2014 race.
The first three stages of the race will be in the UK, starting in Leeds and ending in London. Cambridge is to be the starting point for the third stage of the race, scheduled to begin on 7 July 2014. Britain last hosted the Tour de France in 2007.
Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, has been named the vice-chairman of the parliamentary group organising the Tour de France in the UK. He told The Cambridge Student “This is a great opportunity for Cambridge and will bring huge recognition for our city… Nationally, 2012 was an outstanding year for British cycling marked by the victory of Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France and winning Olympic gold.”
However, some residents have expressed concerns that hosting the race would “clog up” the city’s commuting arteries further, given that the event is to take place during the height of the summer and tourist season. Mr Huppert however remains optimistic, stating: “It is too early at this stage to know the precise arrangements for this event or how we will be involved. But I am sure the people of Cambridge will turn out to line the streets to welcome the cyclists. It will be an historic occasion and I am sure its benefits for our city will be felt for many years to come.”
Atiyab Sultan – News reporter
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