The world's greatest and most prestigious cycle race, the Tour de France, will come to England for its famed ‘Grand Depart’ in June 2014. The first two stages are in Yorkshire with the riders arriving in London to complete the third stage. It will be the first time Le Tour has visited the north of England and it is set to be a huge festival and spectacle for cycling fans and first timers alike.
Following the presentation of the 2014 Tour de France teams at Leeds Arena on Thursday 3 July, the team will take on the 190km first stage on Saturday 5 July. Starting in Leeds and finishing with a sprint into Harrogate, this stage also takes in the outstanding scenery and breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere of Yorkshire Dales.
The following day, Sunday 6 July, the second stage sees the pelaton take on some iconic climbs and countless, short, sharp climb on the 200km stage between York and Sheffield. The final challenge this side of the channel (before the teams head into France) is the third stage on 7 July 2014. The 170km route will take the riders from Cambridge to the Mall in London. More information can be found on the official site for the Grand Depart (details are below).
Getting there: Over 3 million fans are expected to line the roads along the three UK Stages, so planning ahead will be vital as getting to where you want to watch the Tour will undoubtedly take longer than expected. A link to a handy spectators’ guide is included below.