Christian Prudhomme

At their press conference in London?s Living Room, in City Hall, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme and Mayor Ken Livingstone announced that the greatest race in the world would be back in the greatest city in the world before 2012.

On a crisp winter day as sunny as that memorable weekend last July, Livingstone and Prudhomme spoke optimistically about another money-spinning and popular union between the Tour and London.

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Edward Pickering is a writer and journalist, editor of Pro Cycling and previous deputy editor of Cycle Sport. As well as contributing to Cycling Weekly, he has also written for the likes of the New York Times. His book, The Race Against Time, saw him shortlisted for Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards. A self-confessed 'fair weather cyclist', Pickering also enjoys running.