When: Sunday, July 8

Where: London-Canterbury

Length: 203km

DESCRIPTION

The race starts with a neutralised ride from Tower Bridge, all set for photogenic shots of the peloton and London in the background, to the official start in Greenwich. The route will follow the course of the London marathon in reverse as far as Woolwich, and then heads out for an unchallenging day in the Kent countryside before hitting Canterbury.

Three fourth-category climbs will give one clever rider a few days in the polka-dot jersey. It's a stage for the sprinters, though... perhaps even a British one.

CW STAGE RATING

Scenery: 10/10

Difficulty: 2/10

Impact on overall: 1/10

STAGE ONE: ROUTE DETAILS

KmLocationETAFeature
0LONDON TOWER BRIDGE10:20START
27.5Gravesend11:39Town
46.5Gillingham12:06Sprint
67.5Maidstone12:36Town
76Teston12:49Sprint
94.5Southborough Hill13:14Climb cat 4
97Royal Tunbridge Wells13:19Feed zone
121Goudhurst13:53Climb cat 4
140.5Tenterden14:21Sprint
159.5Ashford14:48Town
183Farthing Common15:21Climb cat 4
203CANTERBURY15:50FINISH

For the full Tour de France 2007 route, click here