In pictures: City braves the rain as Tour de France hits London

 
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Race leaders of the Tour de France pass the City (Source: Jonathan Rudd)

Spectators ignored the rain to line the streets of London to see the Tour de France make its way through the capital this afternoon, with cyclists passing some of London’s biggest landmarks.

The City, Canary Wharf, The Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace were just some of the locations which played host to the race.

Take a look at the full route the race took through London.

The unusual site of the prestigious event travelling through London took some by surprise. Race commentators on ITV, likely to be more familiar with the winding mountain roads of France, mistakenly called City landmark the Onion instead of the Gherkin.


(Source: Jonathan Rudd)


(Source: Jonathan Rudd)


(Source: Jonathan Rudd)


(Source: Jonathan Rudd)

Lower and Upper Thames streets were a popular location to watch with a number of bridges and walkways over the route.


(Source: Natalie Quinlivan)


(Source: Brenda Kelly)


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And Ed Miliband managed to find a good spot down at Embankment, sharing this Vine.

Big Ben and Buckingham Palace became backdrops for the final leg of the race, with German rider Marcel Kittel first over the finish line.


(Source: Getty)


(Source: Getty)

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