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Tour de France to visit Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales

Tour de France to visit Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales

Published at 10:24am 17th January 2013. (Updated at 8:33am 20th January 2014)

 

The opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France will finish in Harrogate, after a day that covers almost the entire Stray FM area.

The route, for one of the biggest sporting events in the world, was announced at a press conference in Paris this morning

Stage 1: will start in Leeds, taking in Harewood, Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, through Wharfedale, up to Richmond, on to Ripon and finishing on The Stray in Harrogate.

Stage 2: will start in York, on to Knaresborough, Bolton Abbey, over to Keighley, Hebden Bridge and finishing in Sheffield.

Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, said: "I am delighted that the Tour de France organisers have recognised the unique beauty of my constituency. I have been working hard to ensure as many parts as possible are showcased.

"With a worldwide television audience of 3.5 billion people in 188 countries, this opportunity to promote where we live to tourists and where we work to businesses is too good to miss. Skipton and Ripon will benefit massively from this event and will give the Tour de France a great welcome.

"We saw how big the Olympic Torch Relay was last year but the Tour de France is on a much bigger scale. Each night of the Tour, 1,200 hotel rooms are booked and 2,000 journalists travel with the race along its route.

"In the coming months, I will be travelling the route the Tour de France will take on a special Doorstep Tour and working with communities and businesses to make sure we explore every opportunity for promoting and showcasing our area to a worldwide audience."

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "The routes of the Grand Départ will showcase some of Yorkshire’s iconic cycling climbs and the county’s stunning land and cityscapes.

"The peloton will be technically tested as they tackle some challenging terrain in what are sure to be two exhilarating days of racing in the county. The British public’s response since the news broke that the 2014 Grand Départ would be hosted in Yorkshire has been overwhelming and I am sure the route announcements today will encourage even more people to come to the county to experience for themselves the phenomenon that is Le Tour."

Look at the routes here:

Tour de France Route Stage 1 (pdf)

Tour de France Route Stage 2 (pdf)