The eyes of the world won't just be on the Tour De France cyclists this weekend, but also the cities, towns and villages along the route. Jonny Blair spent the day Hawes in North Yorkshire to see how the town is preparing to play its part in history.
Hawes in Upper Wensleydale has a population of just over 1,000.
There is only one petrol station in the town, and it has higher pump prices than other locations that already receive a discount.
If it were to close, drivers say they would face a 34-mile round trip to fill up.
That's why it's been chosen as one of 10 areas that could benefit from a 5p-per-litre fuel duty cut.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: "As a Highlander, I know all too well that fuel prices tend to be highest in areas where a car is needed the most."
Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander's constituency at Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey would benefit from the scheme. He put forward his views:
– Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander
"As a Highlander, I know all too well that fuel prices tend to be highest in areas where a car is needed the most.
"We've already delivered a tax cut for remote islands and now want to extend that to mainland rural areas that suffer from similarly high prices to the islands.
"We have put together the strongest possible evidence base to try and maximise the places that get it. As I've said before, it won't be easy to get this agreed with the Commission, but I will do everything I can to make this happen."
Hawes in North Yorkshire is among ten areas that could benefit from a 5p-per-litre fuel duty cut.
The Government has applied to the European Commission to vary the duty rates.
Discounts have never been permitted before, but Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander said the 'strongest possible evidence' had been put together to make sure an extension goes ahead.
Hawes was chosen because it has higher pump prices than other locations that already receive a discount. It is also more than 100 miles from the nearest refinery, and has a population of fewer than 135 people per square kilometre.
The commission is expected to announce its decision next year.
Drivers in Hawes in North Yorkshire could see their fuel prices cut. It comes as part of the UK's application to the European Commission to extend the rural fuel rebate scheme.
The town was judged to meet strict criteria, for example showing pricing similar to that of islands currently eligible for discount.
The UK now needs to gain approval for the expanded scheme from the EC. If approved, it could cut up to five pence from the price of a litre.
The final decision on the scheme is expected next year.