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Tour de France 2014

Date range:
July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Leeds
      End location:
      Harrogate
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      York
      End location:
      Sheffield
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155km
      Start location:
      Cambridge
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      163.5km
      Start location:
      Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
      End location:
      Lille Métropole
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      155.5km
      Start location:
      Ypres
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      194km
      Start location:
      Arras
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      234.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      Gérardmer La Mauselaine
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      161.5km
      Start location:
      Mulhouse
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Oyonnax
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      185.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Saint-Étienne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Étienne
      End location:
      Chamrousse
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Risoul
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Carcassonne
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237.5km
      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      124.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      208.5km
      Start location:
      Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour
      End location:
      Bergerac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Bergerac
      End location:
      Périgueux (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      137.5km
      Start location:
      Évry
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 07, Stage 3: Cambridge - London 155km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 03, 2014, 18:25 BST,
Updated:
July 03, 2014, 3:54 BST

Stage preview

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Stage details

Distance: 155km

Category: Flat

Highest point: 108m

The final day in the United Kingdom brings the riders down to the capital, scene of the country's last Grand Départ. The short 155-kilometre trip from Cambridge to London will give the riders a chance to see a bit more of the country, before they head back to France. It is the flattest of the three days in Britain and will almost certainly end in a bunch sprint. Also, after a tough stage 2, it will be a chance for the GC riders to take things a little easier.

As the stage reaches the finish the course will take in some of the most iconic sights of London. It passes through Stratford, riding by the Olympic stadium, then along the River Thames, before finishing on The Mall, in front of Buckingham palace.

This London thoroughfare has become a regular for the peloton in recent years, most notably at the Olympic Games when Alexander Vinokourov beat Rigoberto Urán to victory. It's unlikely that a breakaway will be able to make it stick on this stage, but we've seen at previous races that you can’t count your chickens too early.

Arnaud Démare has previous here too, after winning the inaugural Prudential RideLondon ahead of Sacha Modolo. However, he'll have much tougher competition here from Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and André Greipel.

Haimar Zubeldia says... "It's the beginning of the Tour so for sure there's going to be stress, crashes and mess. There will be roundabouts to avoid and, like other teams, we will try to avoid risks and be safe. I guess, if we go with a sprinter, we'll help him out and get some results."

Local History

Stage three of the Tour de France will be the fourth big race finish on the Mall in as many years. The first in this run was the London-Surrey classic in 2011, which worked as the test event for the Olympic road race that would follow 12 months later. Mark Cavendish won on that day, beating a certain Sacha Modolo who would find himself in the same position two years later.

Map for the 2014 Tour de France stage 3

Profile for the 2014 Tour de France stage 3