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Last Updated: Monday, 15 January 2007, 10:15 GMT
Tour unveils detailed 2007 route
Whitehall
The Tour starts with a prologue in the centre of London
The precise route for the opening stages of the 2007 Tour de France in England has been announced.

The opening ceremony will take place in Trafalgar Square on Friday 6 July with an 8km prologue in London the next day.

The first stage proper, a 203km run from the capital to Canterbury, takes place on Sunday 8 July.

After leaving England, the 3,500km-long race dips into Belgium before taking in both the Alps and Pyrenees before finishing in Paris on 29 July.

The prologue on Saturday 7 July starts in Whitehall and goes down Victoria Street and Buckingham Gate before cutting through Green Park.

The riders will then race a loop through Hyde Park before finishing back on The Mall.

Stage one on Sunday begins in central London and heads out through the south east of the capital to Dartford.

The route then goes through Gravesend, Medway, Maidstone, Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tenterden and Ashford before finishing by Canterbury Cathedral.

Various official websites are providing full maps, road closure information, and detailed advice to people and businesses affected by the race.

There are maps of where exactly in London the prologue will be on www.tourdefrancelondon.com.

If you want to see whether the race is due to travel through your village in Kent, visit the BBC Where I Live website for Kent www.bbc.co.uk/kent.

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