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Big screens to show Tour coverage

Big screens to show Tour coverage

Published at 7:26am 26th March 2014. (Updated at 5:02pm 26th March 2014)

The locations of spectator hubs have been revealed ahead of this year's Grand Départ of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Ilkley's Riverside Gardens, Knaresborough Castle, Harrogate's West Park and Skipton High Street are among 17 sites where people will be able to watch the race.

The Ilkley hub is one of the bigger hubs and will feature two big screens.

It will run over four days from 3 to 6 July and is expected to attract more than 13,000 fans.

There will also be food stalls, cycle parking facilities, a large car park and disabled access.

Sir Rodney Walker, Chair of TdFHUB2014Ltd, said: "Grand Départ spectator hubs are the perfect places to catch this world-class sporting event.

"People can now start planning where they want to spend their day and take advantage of the facilities on offer which include big screens, food and entertainment.

"Whether you want to cheer on your favourite riders or spend the day with your family, there's something for everyone. I have no doubt they will contribute to the success of this event."

Grassington will also be the base for one of three hubs backed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Chairman Peter Charlesworth said: "We are expecting around 400,000 people in the National Park for the event and we are working with landowners, farmers and businesses who will be opening temporary campsites and car parks to accommodate them.

"In addition, we normally do not allow overnight stays in our car parks, but we will be relaxing the rule in the week leading up to the Grand Départ so that people in camper vans will have somewhere to park up."

Hubs will also be based in Ripon, West Tanfield, Addingham, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Harewood, North Stainley, Otley, Kidstones, Kettlewell and Masham.

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