2007 Tour de France will feature London start

I love the Tour de France…and I love London…so I am happy with this news.

From a Reuters story via Yahoo! News:

London will host the first stage of the 2007 Tour de France, the city’s mayor Ken Livingstone announced on Tuesday.

“I am proud to announce that London has successfully bid to host the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in July 2007,” Livingstone said in a statement.

The route will be announced at a later date and is expected to include landmarks like Queen Elizabeth’s residence Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.

Livingstone said the prologue, or warm-up, stage would be held on July 7 and stage one would be held a day later.

Read the very short press release.