Olympic Stadium and the Mall on 2014 Tour de France menu

LONDON’S Olympic Park will provide the backdrop to a stage of next year’s Tour de France, organisers announced yesterday.

Day three of the 2014 Tour will begin in Cambridge and take in Epping Forest and Stratford before finishing on the Mall.

The opening stage will commence in Yorkshire on 5 July, with the prestigious Grand Depart taking place in Leeds, while stage two starts in York and ends in Sheffield.

The London stage echoes the 2007 Grand Depart, which also finished on the Mall, and last year’s Olympic road races, which concluded in front of Buckingham Palace.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme said: “Bradley Wiggins’ historic victory and the enormous crowds that followed the cycling events in the streets of London during the Olympic Games encouraged us to go back earlier than we had planned.”