The Tour de France 2014 - it’s route through Yorkshire

Mark Cavendish wins Stage 5 of the 2013 Tour de France from Nice to Marseille beating Peter Sagan and Andre Greiple.  3 July 2013. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Mark Cavendish wins Stage 5 of the 2013 Tour de France from Nice to Marseille beating Peter Sagan and Andre Greiple. 3 July 2013. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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The route of the world’s largest sporting event - The Tour de France - will take through Yorkshire has been announced.

Next summer the legendary race will begin outside Leeds Town Hall with the Grand Depart on Saturday, July 5.

All of the world’s elite cyclists will line up, on The Headrow, for the ceremonial start of Le Tour.

The peloton will then head onto Eastgate before turning left onto Regent Street and following the A61 Scott Hall Road and Harrogate Road through Moortown, Alwoodley and on to Harewood.

It will then cycle through the Harewood Estate and pass Harewood House.

After leaving the estate it will head onto the A659, where the 190-kilometre stage one officially begins.

The racers will then follow Otley Road and Arthington Lane through Pool in Wharfedale and on to Otley.

They will then follow the A65 through Ilkley and Skipton, before entering Yorkshire Dales.

And the final part of the stage will be through Ripon before it finished in Harrogate.

Stage two sees the riders follow a hilly 200km test from York to Sheffield on Sunday July 6.

The riders will pass through Huddersfield and Holmfirth and tackle Holme Moss.

The second stage starts at York and heads out to the A59, past Knaresborough and Blubberhouses, before heading onto the A6034 near Addingham and joining the A629 near Silsden.

Riders will then move through Haworth, Stanbury and Oxenhope before joining the B6113 to Hebden Bridge and then the A646 to Mytholmroyd.

Next it is through Ripponden, Elland and through Blackley before heading over Ainley Top.

The riders will then move down Halifax Road round the ringroad and down Chapel Hill and then through Lockwood, Berry Brow and Honley before going through Holmfirth and up the challenge that is Holme Moss.

The riders will then head down the other side to Langsett on the A628 before heading into Sheffield and to the finish line at the city’s arena.

And the final day of the British leg begins in Cambridge and finishes in London.

The last time Le Tour was in Britain was in 2007.

Today’s announcement was made in Paris where Director of the Tour de France Christian Prudhomme said: “We are excited to take Le Tour back to Britain again. I know the Grand Départ in Yorkshire will be visually stunning and technically challenging and the third stage from the cycling city of Cambridge to the historic heart of London will provide a fitting finale.

“The British cycling fans are passionate people and I am sure they will line the routes of the three stages cheering the teams and riders all the way from Yorkshire to London, providing an unforgettable start to the 2014 Tour.”

During the 100 days leading up the race start Welcome to Yorkshire will be organising a cultural festival supported by Arts Council England celebrating the best of the arts in Leeds and the county.

Organisers say that 98 per cent of the people in Yorkshire live within an hour of the route and that Le Tour will bring more than £100m to the region’s economy.