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Have you decided where to watch the Tour de France?

You could go to one of the official Grand Départ Spectator Hubs which will be dotted along the route in Yorkshire.

They will have big screens, entertainment, activities, refreshments and toilet facilities.

Some interesting facts and figures about Yorkshire's build-up to the Tour:

  • Harrogate Borough Council, after appealing for 3,000 knitted bunting jerseys, has been inundated with 23,000.

  • 70 kilometres of knitted jerseys are being sent out to decorate towns and villages in preparation for the big weekend.

  • Taylors of Harrogate, the official tea partner of the Grand Départ, is preparing to give away over five million tea bags to spectators lined along the UK stages.

  • In Masham, over 100,000 pints of beer are predicted to be sold from its breweries during the Tour de France weekend.

  • In Ripley, which is styled on an historic French village complete with Hotel du Ville, a giant tricolour of flowers is being planted on the castle terraces to be visible from the air.

  • Knaresborough's town centre has been filled with over 20 yellow bikes and 14 trompe l'oeil window murals - two of which feature Yorkshire cycling legends Beryl Burton and Brian Robinson.

  • 500,000 Tour spectator guides have been published, including versions in Dutch, French and German.