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An annoucement on London's bid to host the opening stages of the 2007 Tour de France is just days aw

An annoucement on London's bid to host the opening stages of the 2007 Tour de France is just days aw

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Officials involved in London's bid to bring the Tour de France to London in 2007 have confirmed that an announcement about the event will be made in Paris on January 24, with a further press conference scheduled for London on February 10.

Bearing in mind that the Tour has never previously held a press conference to announce a failed bid to host the race, it now seems almost certain that London is set to be granted the honour of staging next year's opening days of the world's biggest cycling race.

"A press conference will be held here in France on 24 January and another in London on 10 February," a Tour spokesman told The Independent. "Both involve London's Tour bid."

Although London has been heavily favoured to host the opening stages of the 2007 race, bids from Lugano, Utrecht and Rotterdam have also been considered by Tour organisers ASO. It had been expected that ASO would announce that London had been chosen from this list of four cities prior to the 2006 Tour presentation last October.

The subsequent delay has been put down to ASO's desire to avoid controversy following London's victory over Paris in securing the 2012 Olympic Games.

Transport for London, which has put together London's bid for the Tour, confirmed announcements would be made "in late January or February".

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