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Villages in top gear for Tour de France

all prepared: Finchingfield council chairman Graham Tobbell will see 8,000 visitors in his village.

all prepared: Finchingfield council chairman Graham Tobbell will see 8,000 visitors in his village.

Tour de France set to arrive near Haverhill

Cyclists on the third stage of the Tour, which runs from Cambridge to London, will pass through the villages of Finchingfield, Sewards End and Radwinter.

This is where Haverhill residents will be able to catch a glimpse of the 200-plus riders as they wind their way from Cambridge through Suffolk and Essex and on to London for the finish.

This leg of the three-week international race starts at 12.25pm in Cambridge, with cyclists due to get to Radwinter just after 1pm, and to Finchingfield by 1.14pm.

Chairman of Finchingfield Parish Council Graham Tobbell said: “This is the highlight of this year’s calendar and we’re so pleased that the route is coming through our beautiful village.”

There will be an 18-metre television screen on the village green, which is expected to be the focal point of the event with live coverage.

Stuart Crow, a former major event organiser and general manager of Spains Hall in Finchingfield, said the race would take a little longer to pass through Finchingfield than other villages – approximately five minutes.

“It’s quite a technical part of the race, it won’t be a straight run through. The cyclists have to slow right down in order not to bunch up crossing the bridge. Then they have the hill to climb.

“There’s an element of putting your finger in the air, but we expect 8,000 people to come to the village for the race,” he added.

 

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