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The best places to see the Tour de France in the UK

Team Sky led by Chris Froome during the presentation ceremony. Credit: PA Wire

The Tour de France is returning to Britain for the first time since 2007.

Here is your stage-by-stage guide to the race ahead of Saturday's opening stage, which begins in Leeds.

Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate

The stage 1 route from Leeds to Harrogate. Credit: ITV News Calendar

Saturday's opening stage is expected to attract three million spectators, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry set to lead the ceremonial start at Harewood House.

Riders will encounter the hills and lanes of the Yorkshire Dales before a sprint finish in Harrogate.

Commentators say this stage, with a distance of 190.5km, will be "one for the sprinters".

Where are the best places to watch?

  • Harewood House
  • Buttertubs Pass
  • Harrogate town centre

Stage 2: York to Sheffield

The stage 2 route from York to Sheffield. Credit: ITV News Calendar

Stage two will see the riders travel the 201 kilometre route from York to Sheffield and feature some of the toughest climbs in cycling.

A mix of short, sharp climbs are set to challenge the riders.

Where are the best places to watch?

  • Yorkshire Racecourse
  • Monk's Cross
  • Holme Moss

Stage 3: Cambridge to London

On Monday, the cyclists will line up in Cambridge from where they will race to London through Essex.

They will pass through small villages including Great Shelford on the way to Essex.

The riders will finish near Buckingham Palace, on The Mall.

Experts say the stage will be a "fast, flat dash".

Where are the best places to watch?

  • Epping Forest
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • Tower of London

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