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Tour de France 2007

The world's most famous cycle race in the world, the Tour de France, came to Kent on Sunday 8th July 2007.

The race - the biggest annual sporting event in the world - traveled 203km (approximately 130 miles) from London, across Kent, with Stage One finishing in the Cathedral City of Canterbury from 7th to 8th July 2007.

And organisers have hailed the event as a great success after an estimated four million people lined the streets of the capital and through the county of Kent.
The action began on Friday with an official opening ceremony in London's Trafalgar when the teams and their riders were presented to the crowds.
The following day, the Tour opened with a time trial to decide which cyclist will wear the famous yellow jersey on the first day of racing.
SEEDA was one of the main supporters of the Kent stage of the Tour along with Kent County Council, Medway Council and Canterbury City Council.
And On Sunday 8th July Kent played host to millions of visitors, from die-hard cycle fans to interested observers, as well as overseas visitors when the cyclists left London and headed to Canterbury in Stage One of the race.
Watched by an estimated audience of two billion TV viewers worldwide the benefit to Kent and the South East of hosting the Tour de France are huge. The race helped to showcase Kent's glorious Garden of England countryside, raise the profile of the county and attract tourists from far and wide.
It is estimated that the Race alone will bring an additional £37 million to the Kent economy. A list of the route details can be seen here.

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