With a boost of £ 40 million for the local economy, 189 runners left London and headed south towards the finish line in Canterbury.
The first leg of the 2007 race took place on Sunday July 8, which was a memorable day for the sport, with the Wimbledon Finals and the British Grand Prix too.
Although it does not present the physical challenges of the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees, the Kent route has created a dramatic spectacle with a number of upheavals, accidents and an inspired return.
Race director Christian Prudhomme hailed the day as one of the most watched stages in 104 years of circuit history.
Presented as a dress rehearsal for the UK before the 2012 Olympics, the race across Kent drew crowds of two million people as Australian driver Robbie McEwen claimed a spectacular victory by finishing straight along from Rheims Way.
Coming to Kent via Dartford, the 126-mile route took Greenhithe, Swanscombe and Gravesend before heading to Medway.
After passing under the river through the Medway tunnel, the peloton headed for Chatham and headed for the rapid descent from Blue Bell Hill and into Maidstone.
After passing the county town, Wateringbury and Hadlow on the A26 followed as the scene went west to Tonbridge, Southborough and Tunbridge Wells.
Then turning east, the runners climbed through Goudhurst and headed for Sissinghurst and Cranbrook, Benenden and Tenterden.
The A28 followed as the group passed High Halden and Bethersden and towards Ashford.
Rounding part of the ring road, the peloton left town after Ashford Designer Outlet and headed for Kingsnorth, before returning to rural roads and traveling to Sellindge.
The most grueling climb took place at Farthing Common when the runners hit Stone Street and started the long trail to Canterbury.
Arriving in town via Nackington Road, they turned left at the cricket ground and towards the ring road, ending on Reims Way.
British hopeful Mark Cavendish – now an illustrious stage winner and considered one of the best sprinters of all time – crashed into a reckless spectator on Stone Street.
A furious 22-year-old Cavendish had to change his bike and got stuck when his teammates failed to help him reach the lead.
His pursuit was further hampered when a race official warned him against rolling in the wake of his team car and he drove in tears for the final kilometers to Canterbury.
He said: “Throughout the scene, the spectators were wonderful. There were only a few dangerous moments and it was one of them.
“There was a guy who stood a little further on the road than the others. I hit it and the next thing I knew I was on the floor. “
Cavendish finished third in the final stage, almost three minutes behind McEwen.
The future Tour winners, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas, were also on the field.
Wiggins, who was driving for France’s Cofidis, said in 2006 that he would definitely test the Kent route before the summer stage in 2007.
His compatriot David Millar reaped the first time bonus at Gillingham, and he also won the second mini sprint victory at Wateringbury.
The first mountain king’s ascent took place at Quarry Hill, Tonbridge, and the second ascent took place at Goudhurst.
Aleksandr Kuschynski won the third intermediate sprint in Tenterden, just before a three runner crash in Bethersden.
The stage winner McEwen even had a heavy fall when he overturned the handlebars before the final climb to Farthing Common – about 12 miles before the finish.
“The fall took place on a small road,” he said.
“The first thing I thought about was that I broke my wrist because I couldn’t move. It was very painful.
“I thought it was that. Even my tour could have been finished. “
But with the help of his teammates, the 35-year-old recovered and returned to the peloton.
Despite the initial recovery, McEwen still had about 100 runners ahead of him with only three miles to go, but he made his way to a solid position and began to focus on winning.
“The last few kilometers, with the roundabouts and the bends, I tried to be economical and to conserve my energy,” he explained.
“I knew the sprint was difficult and uphill. You could only see the finish 160 yards from the finish.
“I saw the 200-meter board, and that’s when I started to move.
“It’s about arriving at the front line at the finish line. When I got the last few kilometers, I didn’t feel anything. I was so focused on what I had to do.
“In the sprint itself, nothing hurt except my muscles. Overall, it was a fantastic day. “
High Halden, near Ashford, has been chosen as the county’s French host village – the local green welcoming more than 300 guests to a large screen.
Hosting the heyday of the scene was a major coup for Canterbury, and the city rose to the challenge.
City Council organized a two-week event program under the Tower of Fun banner, and around £ 17 million was injected into the local economy following the summer show.
After the huge success of 2007, there was hope to bring the Tour back to the county in the following years, but that has not yet come to fruition.
Amanda Lumley, Tour de France project manager in Kent, said: “The French were blown away by our organization of the event and we are very likely to do it again.
“We have the model and we would be very favorable to a new offer. We have learned great lessons.
“Canterbury has done exceptionally well. Their functioning could not be blamed.
“They worked very hard to make this event such a success. “
The 2007 Tour, which involved a number of doping controversies, was won by Spanish driver Alberto Contador.
The tour had already made its way in 1994.
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