Tour de France 2014 Yorkshire route announced

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THE routes for the Yorkshire stages of the Tour de France have been revealed.

Leeds hosts the Grand Depart on July 5, next year, with the stage taking in the Yorkshire Dales before finishing in Harrogate.

Stage two of the 101st tour starts in York and passes through Keighley and Huddersfield on the way to Sheffield.

The race last visited the UK in 2007, when London hosted the prologue and the opening stage.

Yorkshire overcame the challenge of bids from Florence and Edinburgh to host the world famous cycle race.

Stage one will take in Leeds, Harewood, Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Kettlewell, Aysgarth, Hawes, Reeth, Leyburn, Ripon and Harrogate.

The following day cyclists will ride from York to Sheffield, taking in Knaresborough, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Elland, Huddersfield and Holmfirth.