Tour De France Yorkshire – Maps, Routes and Dates
Grand Depart of Tour De France in Yorkshire – Details
The details of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014 have been revealed in the imposing setting of the residence of the British ambassador to France, just off the Champs-Elysées. Here, the UK had its first winner of the race in 2012: Bradley Wiggins.
The 101st edition of Le Tour will start here in Yorkshire. There will be two attractive and spectacular stages before finally arriving in London. It will be seven years after the success of the Grand Départ of Le Tour in 2007 and two years after the London Olympics.
The first stage will start on Saturday 5th July 2014 in front of the Town Hall of Leeds. The stage will cover 190 km (120 miles). Le Tour travels through the countryside, including the Yorkshire Dales National Park, before reaching Harrogate. Here, the first Yellow Jersey of the Tour de France 2014 will be awarded.
The next day, the riders will leave from York for Sheffield. This is a very tricky 200-km (125 miles) stage whose final section, especially with the formidable Holme Moss climb, will resemble a short Liège-Bastogne-Liège. After two stages in Yorkshire, the peloton will head south on Monday 7th July. There will then be a stage from the University City of Cambridge to London (see the full Yorkshire maps below).
Christian Prudhomme, Tour de France Director, says: “Yorkshire is a region of outstanding beauty. There are breath-taking landscapes whose terrains offer both sprinters and attackers the opportunity to express themselves. We encounter a phenomenal desire to welcome the Tour de France to Yorkshire. No doubt that popular acclaim will be particularly in evidence over there.”
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire says: “The routes of the Grand Départ will showcase some of Yorkshire’s iconic cycling climbs and the county’s stunning land and cityscapes. The peloton will be technically tested. They will tackle some challenging terrains in what are sure to be two exhilarating days of racing in the county. The British public’s response since the news broke that the 2014 Grand Départ would be hosted in Yorkshire has been overwhelming. I am sure the route announcements today will encourage even more people to come to the county. When here they can experience for themselves the phenomenon that is Le Tour.”
Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council, says: “As a city it is thrilling to be hosting the start of the world’s largest annual sporting event in 2014. Speaking personally, I am an avid fan of the Tour de France. I am a keen cyclist for over 25 years. I’m incredibly proud that Leeds has the honour of starting this amazing and legendary race. The Grand Départ is going to be a real celebration for everyone in the city and our very special guests from all over the globe to enjoy. It will highlight the best that Leeds and Yorkshire has to offer for a few days that none of us will ever forget.”