The chance that London will host the start of the 2007 Tour de France is positive, according to a story in The Independent on Thursday. Two press conferences, scheduled in France and London in the next month, have fuelled speculation that the bid will be successful, as it's unlikely that London would be called on to host a press conference if it didn't have anything to do with next year's race.
If successful, it would be the first time that the British capital has ever hosted the world's biggest bike race. The prologue would be run through the centre of the city, taking in several of London's main tourist attractions and monuments. Stage 2 would run towards the east coast, via Tunbridge Wells and Folkestone, then the Tour circus would be moved back to France via the Channel Tunnel.