Stages four and five of this year’s race took place on the south coast of England as part of the celebrations marking the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
Chris Boardman, winner of the gold medal in individual pursuit at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, wore British hopes to have briefly worn the yellow jersey after his time against time record, winning the prologue.
But the fourth stage, a 128-mile route from Dover to Brighton, was won by Spain’s Francisco Cabello, while the Italian Nicola Minali triumphed in the fifth stage, a 116-mile route, which started and s ‘is finished in Portsmouth.
The Tour de France was first organized in England in 1974 to celebrate the entry of the United Kingdom into the Common Market.
The second leg of this year’s Tour, a 102-mile course that started and ended in Plymouth, was won by Dutch rider Henk Poppe.