London to Paris and Le Tour
London to Paris links not only two iconic capital cities but also two great cycling nations.
That's encapsulated by the Tour de France, the most popular annual sporting event in the world in terms of the number of people who watch the race live, and you can round off your own London to Paris adventure in perfect style by taking in the final stage of the race on the Champs-Élysées.
Multiple charity challenges and trips are timed to finish in Paris the day before the Tour does in late July each year, providing you with the perfect platform to watch the pros and perhaps enjoy some frites and a beer or a glass or two of wine as you celebrate your own achievements.
And it’s currently a vintage period to support British riders at Le Tour as they’ve dominated the race in recent years – and even hosted the “grandest of Grand Départs” in 2014.
Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012, completing a journey that was started in the 1950's by Brian Robinson. Yorkshireman Robinson was the trailblazer when he became the first Brit to complete the race in 1955 and then three years later he was the first to claim a stage win.
The mantle was then picked up by Tom Simpson and another rider from West Yorkshire, Barry Hoban. Simpson was the first British rider to pull on the leader's maillot jaune in 1962 but it took until 1994 before before the yellow jersey was again sported by a Brit as first Chris Boardman and then Sean Yates enjoyed short spells in the lead.
And Wiggins then rewrote the record books in 2012 when he was crowned the overall victor in front of tens of thousands of jubilant Brits in Paris, with his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome following up 12 months later before winning ‘Le Grand Boucle’ again in 2015.
All the while sprinter Mark Cavendish was becoming the leading Briton in terms of stage wins, with his incredible tally of 26 putting him in third place overall – and four of those have come on the final showpiece stage in Paris, so why not be a part the next chapter in the race’s great history by picking one of our Tour de France finale options for London to Paris.
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