Tour de France

Will Essex have a Tour de France legacy?


1:30pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

It came and went in the flash of an eye but it would appear the Tour de France has left a lasting impact on Essex. An estimated one million people lined the streets on Monday to welcome the riders to our county, but now the streets have been cleaned and re-opened and life has got back to normal, what effect with the Tour have on cycling in our county. FRAZER CLARK and PAUL ALTON investigate.

Seeing the Tour de France come through my home county was a dream come true


3:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

ECHO reporter Ryan Goad is a massive Tour de France fan. We sent him down to Chelmsford as the Tour passed through Essex on stage three to get his views on the amazing spectacle.

RUSSELL HAMPTON: The Tour de France riders will never forget their time in England


1:49pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

BASILDON professional cyclist Russell Hampton was at Roxwell yesterday to watch the Tour thread through roads he knows like the back of the hand. Having raced with and against some of the riders in this year’s race, Hampton is well placed to give his view on yesterday’s stage.

Tour de France: 10 memorable moments from the tour through Essex


9:30am Tuesday 8th July 2014

THE eyes of the world were on Essex as the Tour de France whizzed through the county - welcomed by a mass of noise, colour and excitement.

Chris Froome hoping to avoid trouble as Tour de France powers into Essex and London


10:29am Monday 7th July 2014

CHRIS Froome and Team Sky will be hoping for a drama-free stage three of the Tour de France into London today after passing the toughest challenge of the British Grand Depart with flying colours.

Tour de France: Five top tips for the tour


8:21am Monday 7th July 2014

Millions lined the roadside as the greatest cycle race in the world rode though Yorkshire this weekend, and now it is Essex's turn.

Route map: Tour de France through Essex


8:00am Monday 7th July 2014

Check out a map of the route here with times the riders will be coming through the towns and villages of Essex. 

Economic windfall from Tour de France

Echo: Tour De France

7:50am Monday 7th July 2014

THE Tour de France will help put Essex on the map and provide a huge economic windfall for the region.

Jason White's on the Tour de France Grand Depart: "I couldn't believe my eyes"

Echo: A selection of pictures taken throughout the Bradford district across the Tour De France Grand Depart Weekend

3:10pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Cyclist Jason White watches Stage One from Yorkshire - here is his take on the day's racing.

Vincenzo Nibali wins second stage into Sheffield to ensure he will be wearing Yellow Jersey into Essex


6:48pm Sunday 6th July 2014

ITALY’S Vincenzo Nibali launched a late attack to win stage two yesterday and claim the race leader’s Yellow Jersey.

Tour de France guide: The glossary

Echo: Alberto Contador picked up a two-year ban after testing positive

1:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

The Tour de France is the world’s biggest bike race and sees cyclists compete for the winner’s Yellow Jersey - here are some of the terms and expressions you need to know.

Tour de France guide: The Essex stage

Echo: Head-to-head: Marcel Kittel, right, contests a sprint finish with Mark Cavendish in last year's Tour. Picture: Action Images

10:00am Sunday 6th July 2014

The Tour de France is the world’s biggest bike race and sees cyclists compete for the winner’s Yellow Jersey - read all about the Essex stage of the event and what teams are gunning for glory here.

Mark Cavendish ruled out of Tour de France following crash


9:48am Sunday 6th July 2014

MARK Cavendish is out of the Tour de France with a shoulder injury sustained in a crash on Saturday's opening stage to Harrogate.

Mark Cavendish injured in crash during sprint for the line at the end of Tour de France first stage in Harrogate


5:06pm Saturday 5th July 2014

MARK Cavendish's bid for the yellow jersey ended in a heap as the Manxman tumbled to the tarmac in a dramatic conclusion to the opening stage of the 101st Tour de France in Harrogate.

Tour de France guide: When will the race hit your town?

Echo: Sir Bradley Wiggins, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, rides in the peloton during last year’s Tour de France

4:00pm Saturday 5th July 2014

The Tour de France is the world’s biggest bike race and sees cyclists compete for the winner’s Yellow Jersey - don't miss the Maillot Jaune come through your area with our handy timings guide below.

Want to watch Tour de France through Essex? Then plan ahead

Echo: Tour de France

3:00pm Saturday 5th July 2014

THOSE planning to watch the tour are being urged to plan ahead, with many road closures and changes to public transport.

Tour de France guide: The jerseys

Echo: HIGH SPEED: Chris Froome, wearing the yellow jersey, and Spain's Alberto Contador, race along a stage at last year's Tour de France. This year's event starts in Yorkshire and Fridge Productions has made a video highlighting the spectacle.

1:00pm Saturday 5th July 2014

The Tour de France is the world’s biggest bike race and sees cyclists compete for the winner’s Yellow Jersey.

Tour De France gets underway with large crowds cheering the riders off


11:40am Saturday 5th July 2014

THE 101st Tour de France rolled out of Leeds this morning as Yorkshire proudly hosted the Grand Depart.

Stage One hope rest with Mark Cavendish as Tour de France gets underway


10:44am Saturday 5th July 2014

YORKSHIRE plays host to the Tour de France this weekend with an expectant public hoping for an opening day win for Mark Cavendish in Harrogate on Saturday.

Essex getting to the art of iconic tour


10:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

THE eyes of the world will be on Essex on Monday when Le Tour arrives – and many along the route are taking advantage of the global stage.

Chris Froome revelling in British support as he defends Tour de France crown


11:02pm Friday 4th July 2014

CHRIS Froome will do his utmost to help British sports fans overcome a disappointing summer by winning a second successive Tour de France title this month.

Training crash rules Michael Matthews out of Tour de France


4:46pm Friday 4th July 2014

ORICA-GreenEdge sprinter Michael Matthews will miss the Tour de France following a crash in training earlier this week, his team have confirmed.

Alberto Contador is ready to challenge Chris Froome in Tour de France


4:34pm Friday 4th July 2014

ALBERTO Contador knows that Chris Froome is still the man to beat in the Tour de France but believes he is in better shape to do it in 2014.

Tour de France guide: The riders

Echo: Arms aloft: Mark Cavendish celebrates today's victory. Picture: Action Images

1:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

The Tour de France is the world’s biggest bike race and sees cyclists compete for the winner’s Yellow Jersey - here are the cyclists to watch out for.

Getting the nod to ride in the Tour de France was a surprise for Simon Yates


12:02pm Friday 4th July 2014

A SURREAL week for Simon Yates was capped when the Lancastrian's parents gave him a lift over the Pennines and dropped him off at the start of the Tour de France in Leeds.

Tour de France special: Our guide to the world's biggest bike race

Echo: ** FILE ** View of the Tour de France cycling race's official logo logo, photographed on the Tour de France registration podium, prior to the 4th stage of the 93rd Tour de France cycling race between Huy, Belgium, and Saint-Quentin, northern France, i

6:00am Friday 4th July 2014

DON'T miss today's Echo for all you need to know on the world's biggest bike race - which is coming to Essex on Monday.

Alex Dowsett interview: Tour de France is a unique opportunity for Essex


4:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

ESSEX cycling professional Alex Dowsett says the Tour de France will provide a ‘unique opportunity’ for the county to experience one of the greatest sporting events in the world.

LOOKING BACK: British success in the Tour de France


11:02am Thursday 3rd July 2014

BRITISH overall success in the Tour de France has been hard to come by over the years – until the last two years.

Cafe Knead a must for cyclists


6:00pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

DRIVING to cafe Knead I expected to see the odd cyclist dotted around and I wasn’t disappointed.

How Essex became a hotbed of cycling

Echo: Women’s Tour comes to Manningtree

5:50pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

ESSEX has grown as a cycling county in the past two years.

Cafe Knead given seal of approval by county's best cyclists


5:40pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

CAFE Knead at the Blue Egg has built quite a reputation amongst cyclists.

Daryl Impey failed drug test reason for Tour de France omission


12:57pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Daryl Impey, who last year became the first African to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey, has failed a drugs test, his team Orica-GreenEdge have announced.

Britain David Millar joins ITV Tour de France coverage


12:53pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

David Millar will take part in the Tour de France Grand Depart, despite missing out on selection to ride, after being snapped up by broadcaster ITV.

Olympic gold medalist says prologue win is 'a big ask' for Mark Cavendish

Echo: Tour star: Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the final stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race last year.

2:49pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Olympic champion Chris Boardman has got his fingers crossed for a Mark Cavendish victory on stage one of the Tour de France on Saturday, but believes it is a "big ask" for the sprint specialist.

Dowsett joined by David Millar as Brits fail to make the cut for Tour de France line-up


2:28pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

ALEX Dowsett joins a host of other Brits not racing in the Tour de France, the latest being 13-Tour veteran David Millar.

Alex Dowsett tipped to return better than ever after Tour de France disappointment

Echo: Tough challenge - Alex Dowsett will attempt to win the National Time Trial jersey for a fourth straight year. Picture: Andy Sheridan

12:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

VETERAN cyclist Jason White has backed his close friend Alex Dowsett to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on a place at this year’s Tour de France.

George Wood and Russell Hampton reflect on contrasting British Road Race Championships

Echo: George Wood (in orange) in action at the Leigh Day Kermesse

11:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

TEENAGE cyclist George Wood said he surpassed all his expectations after enjoying a successful maiden British Road Race Championships.

VIDEO: Cyclist Jason White rides the Essex stage of the Tour de France


7:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

CYCLING veteran Jason White has encouraged everyone to get out and support the British riders as the Tour de France comes to Essex.

Southend High School for Boys prepare for Tour de France with town bike ride

Echo: Excited pupils get ready to ride

1:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

HIGH school bike fanatics brought the spirit of the Tour de France to Southend as more than 400 people cycled around the town.

Massive blow for Dowsett

Echo: Tough challenge - Alex Dowsett will attempt to win the National Time Trial jersey for a fourth straight year. Picture: Andy Sheridan

12:59pm Monday 30th June 2014

ALEX Dowsett has suffered a massive blow.

Local favourite Alex Dowsett NOT selected to ride in Tour de France

Echo: Dowsett in time-trial action last week

12:27pm Monday 30th June 2014

MALDON cyclist Alex Dowsett will not be riding the Tour de France this year.

Alex Dowsett and county colleagues fall short in pre-Tour de France cycling championships

Echo: Dowsett couldn't make it four in a row.

12:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

IT was disappointment for Essex cyclists at the British Cycling National Road Race Championships as all of them failed to complete the 117-mile course.

The Tour de France is coming to Essex!

Echo: ON THE WAY: The Tour de France is coming to Yorkshire next month

3:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

Essex will host part of the biggest cycling race in the world next Monday and the Echo and Gazette newspapers will be bringing you unrivalled coverage in the run-up to the event.



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