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  1. London

Tour de France crowds gather at Buckingham Palace

Tour de France topiary in London

Tour de France themed topiary has been revealed in St James's Park as the nation's capital prepares to welcome the world's most famous cycle race.

Figures of cyclists stand in St James's Park to celebrate the Tour de France coming to London. Credit: PA

The peleton is expected to arrive in the heart of the capital around four o'clock this afternoon.

An estimated 2.5 million people watched the opening two stages in Yorkshire following the Grand Depart in Leeds on Saturday.

Read: ITV Sport's Tour de France coverage

Tour de France topiary can be spotted in St James's Park as the capital excitedly prepares for the world's most famous cycle race. Credit: PA

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  1. Anglia

Tour de France: Preparations in full swing for the finish at The Mall in London

People gather close to the finish line at The Mall in London. Credit: ITV Anglia

It's not long until the third stage of the Tour de France in Cambridge but already preparations are in full swing for the finish at The Mall in London.

The peleton is expected to arrive in the heart of the capital around four o'clock this afternoon.

An estimated 2.5 million people watched the opening two stages in Yorkshire following the Grand Depart in Leeds on Saturday.

Italian National Champion Vincenzo Nibali wears the yellow jersey when stage three gets underway in Cambridge and passes through Essex and Epping Forest.

  1. Anglia

Tour de France hits East Anglia

The Tour de France Stage 3 sets off from Cambridge on Monday. Credit: Sirotti/Sirotti/PA Images

After the hills and dales of Yorkshire, the Tour de France hits the flatter lands of East Anglia on Monday for the third stage from Cambridge to London via Essex.

The cyclists will depart from Cambridge city centre at 12.15pm on the 155 km stage (96 miles).

Two hours ahead of the cyclists is the Tour's publicity caravan - a procession of colourfully decorated trucks and cars of the race's sponsors.

Tour De France comes to London from Cambridge

The world's most famous cycle race moves south today for a stage ending in the centre of London. The third stage of the Tour de France will take the riders from Cambridge to the capital via parts of Essex.

Vincenzo Nibali (centre) sits inside the peloton as stage two of the Tour de France passes over Holme Moss Moor, Yorkshire. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 155km stage follows a weekend which saw at least 2.5 million people watch the teams battle through Yorkshire's city streets and country lanes.

The Tour's general director Christian Prudhomme suggested the number of spectators on stages one and two could have been as many as five million as he declared the opening to the 2014 race "the grandest Grand Depart ever".

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