Great Britain opens its doors to the Tour de France

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Great Britain is set to strengthen its growing love affair with cycling by hosting the first three stages of the Tour de France this July.

It took Great Britain over 100-years to get their first cyclist in the famous Yellow Jersey but, much like London buses, a second one came along shortly after.

Following Bradley Wiggins' impressive victory in 2012, his compatriot Chris Froome swept the competition aside to repeat the feat in 2013. It is, therefore, fitting that the Tour should choose this period of British dominance to visit us.

The Grand Départ will start in Yorkshire on July 5 and take riders through the rolling hills of the Dales in the heart of Britain's famous countryside. The 190km stage loops round scenic towns of Skipton and Hawes before finishing in the spa town of Harrogate.

Tourists flock in their droves to the scenic north Yorkshire town, which serves as a perfect gateway to the Dales, every year. The Tour is set to provide the perfect excuse for cycling enthusiasts to sample a true taste of Britain, enjoying afternoon tea as the Mark Cavendish & Co. make the most of a vocal home crowd.

Stage 2 will see cyclists take on the hilly climbs of the Peak District as the Tour heads south towards Sheffield. Leaving the riders to do the hard work, tourists should find their way to Keighley, where the peloton will shoot through on mile 51 while you enjoy a beer from the multi-award winning Timothy Taylor's brewery.

Britain's brief flirtation with cycling's biggest event will come to an end on July 7, leaving for its spiritual home for Stage 4. Before that, however, the Tour travels from Britain's cycling capital Cambridge through the heart of Essex and onto London.

Although there will be various points to watch the peloton roar by, a specified fan park in the Olympic Park in Stratford gives fans prime opportunity to contribute to a growingly impressive Olympic legacy.

Most fans will be forgiven, however, for choosing to stand on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace, where the 159km stage culminates for a spectacular finale.

Further fan parks in Trafalgar Square and Green Park will offer like minded fans the chance to watch all the action on the big screen in some of London's most famous locations. Tourists looking to see London at its best can't do much better than watching Brits embrace its much beloved sports.

From countryside to city centre, the Tour will take in the very best of British scenery and tourists looking to get a feel for the country's passion for sport could do much worse than shadowing it this July.

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