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2014 Tour de France Stage Three Landmarks

Emmanuel College. Photo by Steve Cadman

Emmanuel College. Photo by Steve Cadman

Cambridge Landmarks

Downing College Photo Steve Cadman

Downing College Photo Steve Cadman

Stage Three, the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France started at Gonville Place and turned onto Regent Street. It then verged past Downing and Emmanuel College. Click here for information on Downing College. Click here for information on Emmanuel College.

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Then bikers raced down Sydney Street, a main and busy street, and turned at the iconic Round Church (seen below). The Round Church, built around 1130, is one of the oldest buildings in Cambridge.

Round Church Photo:huangcjz

Round Church. Photo by C. J. Z. Huang

The route passed one of Cambridge’s oldest colleges, St. Johns College (click here for information), founded in 1511.  Saint Johns College boasts traditional stone buildings, a chapel with beautiful stained glass, beautiful Gothic structures, and the College Gardens.

The route passed Trinity College (click here for information), which was founded in 1546 as part of the University of Cambridge.

Along with historical architecture, the college features the Trinity College Punt Scheme (boats for hire) that is open to the public.

Trinity College Photo Martin Pettitt

Trinity College. Photo by Martin Pettitt

Next it passed King’s College (click here for information), founded in 1828-9. The Tour de France bikers rode past the scenic buildings. The route ran down Kings Parade, a popular street hosting historical buildings as well as shops of clothing, sweets, art, and more.

The route left the city via Trumpington Street. Click for a map of the route:  Tour de France Route Map.