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"An outstanding opportunity to showcase Richmond as a ‘must see’ part of London."
That was how council leader Lord True hailed the news the borough will be a key player in the opening weekend of the 2012 Olympic games.
The games committee has unveiled the official Olympic cycling road race route, which showed many Richmond landmarks would feature en route.
Competitors starting at the Mall will race through Richmond Park, Twickenham, Teddington and Bushy Park, and past Hampton Court Palace, as they make their way round a 15.5km circuit from central London to Box Hill and back.