This time next year will see the Grand Depart from another fiercely independent-minded part of the world: Yorkshire.
Stage 1 sees the Tour take in the Dales, en route from Leeds to Harrogate. Stage 2 is York-Sheffield, which will be a "mini Liege-Bastogne-Liege" including a fearsome looking climb up Jenkin Road, just before the finish.
Stage 3 sees the tour leave Cambridge for the capital. Boris will be no doubt be seen beaming as the peloton passes the Olympic site and then all the central London landmarks.