Final UK day of Tour de France underway

Cycling fan Alex Dale, 11, from Great  Chesterford, waits in the village of  Finchingfield in north Essex for the Tour de France to arrive as it heads from Cambridge into London on stage three of the cycle race. PIC: PA

Cycling fan Alex Dale, 11, from Great Chesterford, waits in the village of Finchingfield in north Essex for the Tour de France to arrive as it heads from Cambridge into London on stage three of the cycle race. PIC: PA

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The third stage of the 101st Tour de France began in Cambridge on Monday, with Italian Vincenzo Nibali in the yellow jersey for the final day on UK soil.

The Tour returns to France on Monday evening after two stages in Yorkshire - watched by millions of people; five million was Tour director Christian Prudhomme’s estimate - and the 155-kilometre route from Cambridge to central London.

The stage is expected to end in a sprint on The Mall, but without Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) after the Manxman suffered a shoulder injury on day one in Harrogate and withdrew from the race.

The peloton paraded through Cambridge’s tight streets around the university’s world-renowned colleges, before heading east into Essex.

The third stage of the 101st Tour de France began in Cambridge on Monday, with Italian Vincenzo Nibali in the yellow jersey for the final day on UK soil.

The Tour returns to France on Monday evening after two stages in Yorkshire - watched by millions of people; five million was Tour director Christian Prudhomme’s estimate - and the 155-kilometre route from Cambridge to central London.

The stage is expected to end in a sprint on The Mall, but without Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) after the Manxman suffered a shoulder injury on day one in Harrogate and withdrew from the race.

The peloton paraded through Cambridge’s tight streets around the university’s world-renowned colleges, before heading east into Essex.

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