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Yorkshire to host opening stage of Tour de France

Yorkshire to host opening stage of Tour de France

Published at 12:34pm 14th December 2012. (Updated at 8:34am 20th January 2014)

 

The Tour de France Grand Départ is going to take place in Yorkshire in 2014.

The announcement was made after extensive campaigning to 'Back Le Bid' by MPs and Welcome to Yorkshire.

Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith said: “I am delighted by the news that Yorkshire will be host to the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in 2014. This will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase Yorkshire to the world, bringing yet another world class sporting event to the UK.

“With a global audience of over two billion people watching the Tour de France every year, the backdrop is vital. In Yorkshire you could not ask for more. Some of the most iconic roads and scenery in the country, if not the world are here.

“Yorkshire and the UK has beaten many eminent world cities and countries and I am sure everyone in the region will now start preparing to ensure the ev ent is a brilliant success. I look forward to celebrating the success and discussing how the country can get behind the bid in my Parliamentary debate on the subject next week.”

County Councillor John Weighell, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, added: "North Yorkshire County Council, as one of the sponsors of the bid, is absolutely delighted that the organisers of the Tour de France have agreed to include Yorkshire in the 2014 event.

"As one of the world’s premier sporting events, the Tour de France brings enormous international exposure and interest in its wake, and the inclusion of Yorkshire can only be excellent news for the economy of North Yorkshire, and its hugely important tourism businesses."