London is ready and final preparations are well underway to ensure the success of the arrival of the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday 7 July.
Fans can watch the action from the roadside across London, or at the official Fan Parks in Green Park and Trafalgar Square and the spectator hub at Hopkins Field in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP).
These sites will be great places to watch the action on giant screens between Saturday 5 and Monday 7 July and people are also invited to tweet photos of themselves enjoying the tour to @letourinlondon.
There will also be a number of other activities on offer to get people into the Tour de France spirit, such as a food market, a Tour de France Museum, interactive cycling activities, an outdoor cinema, live music and celebrity appearances.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: "As the world's largest annual sporting event prepares to make a triumphant return to our city, London is geared up and raring to go. After months of meticulous planning we are set to deliver a sporting spectacle that will be beamed to an audience of billions across the globe, showcasing some of our finest landmarks and most picturesque views. I wish every rider taking part in this gruelling endeavour the best of luck - I'm sure they will no doubt inspire even more Londoners to take to two wheels. Chapeau!" The Tour de France - the world's largest annual sporting event - returns to London on Monday 7 July after two stages in Yorkshire.
Around 200 elite cyclists will travel from Cambridge, through Essex and into London before a spectacular finish on The Mall. The iconic Tour de France will draw people onto the streets of London from near and far, and help to inspire more people to take up cycling. Magenta-coloured signs are up around London to point people in the right direction for the best views of Tour de France riders.
There are also a number of announcements at major transport hubs as well as the hundreds of volunteers who will be available to offer advice and assistance to people around the capital. Transport for London (TfL)'s contribution, including specially wrapped iconic London taxis to the publicity caravan is complete and ready to pass through the streets giving out promotional goodies and stoking the excitement before the elite riders appear.
TfL has been undertaking an extensive programme of public engagement and communication regarding the arrival of the Tour with residents and businesses across the capital. This is designed to ensure people living and working in London can understand the potential impacts of the Tour and plan ahead to avoid unnecessary inconvenience.
On Monday 7 July, road closures for the event through north, east, and central London will begin after the morning peak at 10:00, with roads reopening as quickly as possible once the Tour has passed through and it is safe to do so. TfL anticipates that all roads will be reopened by 18:00.
Closures will affect the boroughs of Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, City, Westminster, Lambeth and Southwark. Tower, Southwark and Westminster Bridges will be closed for much of the day however there are no planned closures on any other major river crossings in Central London. Maps showing the areas inside the M25 that will be affected by the race are available at tfl.gov.uk/tourdefrance, along with a range of advice. To avoid delays drivers are advised to, wherever possible, avoid areas near the event routes in the affected parts of Cambridgeshire, Essex and London. Pedestrians will be able to cross the route at designated marshalled crossing points, and Tube and rail services will be the best way to get around and enjoy the day. Stations along the route, and particularly in Zone 1, are expected to be busy during the evening peak.
Garrett Emmerson, Chief Operating Officer of Surface Transport at TfL, said: "The Tour de France is back in London on Monday, and throngs of Londoners and visitors will be out in force to witness this great occasion. We'll be keeping the capital moving as roads around the race route will be extremely busy and are asking people to plan ahead and preferably use public transport, bicycle or walk. Spectators will know where to go by following our famous magenta signage leading the way to the action. This will help everyone make the most of what I'm sure will be an amazing day, cementing London's growing reputation as a major cycling city and encourage more Londoners to travel by bike."
Hosting world renowned events such as the Tour reinforces London's reputation as a world-class host of cultural, sporting and business events. Visitors, both domestic and overseas, are brought to the capital by major events, delivering direct and indirect economic benefits, and showcasing London to a much wider audience. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/tourdefrance