Following the thrilling first two stages in Yorkshire this weekend, London is ready to ensure the success of the third stage of the Tour de France today (Monday 7 July).
The Tour de France - the world's largest annual sporting event - returns to London today 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.
The whole route is unticketed which means spectators can watch for free to witness some of the greatest names in cycle racing fight it out for the famous Yellow Jersey.
Spectators along the route are asked to respect the riders and stay back from the road as the race passes.
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).
Across the weekend, thousands of Londoners visited these sites to watch the action on giant screens and take part in a range of activities, such as food markets, a Tour de France Museum, interactive cycling activities, an outdoor cinema, live music and celebrity appearances to get into the Tour de France spirit.
People have also been tweeting photos of themselves watching the tour to @letourinlondon.
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!'
London's Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, said:
'The Tour de France is the greatest annual cycling event and bringing it back to the UK is a massive draw for tourism and further demonstrates our ability to hold world-class events. With millions of spectators due to flock to the kerbside and attend the spectator hubs to cheer on the riders, this is certainly going to be an event to remember. We are ready, the riders are ready and we are all committed to delivering a great race. Vive Le Tour!'
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 undertaken 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.
Some roads closures around The Mall are in place.
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 this evening.
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.
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
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