Timings of Tour de France opening stages announced

Want to plan your vantage point? Here's what you need.

by John Stevenson   February 3, 2014  

Tour de France riders are not expected to stop and take in the view from Holme Moss (CC licensed image by Ulleskelf:Flickr)

Organisers of the Tour de France’s two opening stages in Yorkshire on July 5 and 6 have announced the full timings of the two days of racing so fans can plan their vantage points.

Stage One will start from Leeds at 11:10 on the morning of Saturday July 5, but will pass through a fairly long neutral section until racing gets underway when the race turns off the A61 on to the A659 some 9 miles out of the city.

Depending on the race speed, riders are expected to arrive at the finish line in Harrogate between 16:20 and 16:46. Harrogate is the home town of sprint star Mark Cavendish’s mum, and Cav has already expressed his determination to take the race’s first yellow jersey there.

Talking to Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport last year, Cavendish said: “I haven’t yet worn the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. I had the opportunity this year but a crash stopped that, so to be able to that in my mum’s home town, it’s sweet, it will be a big goal, probably the single most important day of the year.”

On the way to Harrogate, the race will pass over the Cat 3 Buttertubs Pass between 14:22pm and 14:36 and tackle the climb of Grinton Moor at 14:57-15:15.

For those looking for a handful of daft promotional tat thrown out by people attached to strangely decorated vehicles, the publicity caravan will precede the race by two hours.

Stage Two will leave York at 11:00 on the morning of Sunday July 6. There’s a shorter neutralised section this time before racing gets started properly on the A59 at 11:20.

The hilliest of the three British stages has a total of eight categorised climbs, the biggest of which is Holme Moss in the Pennines, rated Cat 2. The race tackles the northern ascent of Holme Moss, considered one of the country’s hardest climbs and is due to reach the summit between 14:49 and 15:12. Riders will still have four more hills to tackle before arriving in the centre of Sheffield between 16:14 and 16:46.

 

Full details of the route of Stage Three, from Cambridge to London, are yet to be announced.

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So excited!!! Big Grin

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posted by Tripod16 [109 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 13:46

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Cote de Griton Moor, Love it.

Grinton Moor darling, oh sod it Griton sounds better. Big Grin

posted by Yorkshie Whippet [271 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 13:55

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have to love the naming.

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posted by mrmo [1007 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 14:02

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I want to see how they fair up jenkins road Big Grin

posted by dave2041 [22 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 14:33

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Cote de Blubberhouses indeed!

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2890 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 14:40

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Holme Moss? One of the country's hardest? I don't think so.

posted by nappe [39 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 14:49

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I'd like to watch on Cragg Vale, but I'll have the missus and 2 babies in tow - is this even doable? Estimated time of pass-through is 12 for the caravan and 2 for the race. Wouldn't we have to turn up at like 7am, fully loaded with all the baby paraphernalia for the best part of a day? We probably wouldn't have nearby access to the car either, would we?

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2890 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 14:59

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notfastenough wrote:
I'd like to watch on Cragg Vale, but I'll have the missus and 2 babies in tow - is this even doable? Estimated time of pass-through is 12 for the caravan and 2 for the race. Wouldn't we have to turn up at like 7am, fully loaded with all the baby paraphernalia for the best part of a day? We probably wouldn't have nearby access to the car either, would we?

My gut feeling is that the local plod are going to be all out weapons for this, I reckon trying to cycle on the route is going to be sketchy enough, I think cars are going to be less than useless anywhere near the route on the day.

That is my gut feeling though, it isn't based on any official information or knowledge.

posted by farrell [1247 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 15:13

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it would great - Road.cc staffers - if you could employ your investigative journo skills and try and find out what the road closure and access policy will be on the day. I imagine it's pretty crucial to many people's viewing plans.

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posted by joemmo [768 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 17:53

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Skipton's local paper says, "8 hour road closures" but no indication of how it's going to be achieved: http://www.cravenherald.co.uk/news/10958302.8_hour_road_closures_announc...
Hopefully cyclists and walkers will be able to access suitable viewing points?

posted by colin267 [15 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 19:37

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Reckon I'll get over to Harrogate and squeeze onto the finish line for stage one. Stage two's going to be easy - ensconce myself in a Hebden boozer then pop out to to cheer the fellas on as they come through. Then back in the boozer.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1001 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 19:43

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I have the hotel in Sheffield booked and paid for Big Grin

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posted by Cyclist [122 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 19:46

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it would great - Road.cc staffers - if you could employ your investigative journo skills and try and find out what the road closure and access policy will be on the day. I imagine it's pretty crucial to many people's viewing plans.

You can see details of road closures announced by North Yorkshire County Council here http://hedgehogcycling.co.uk/road-closures-tour-de-france-2014.html

I guess for other areas, it will be down to the local authority with responsibility for highways.

posted by HarrogateSpa [67 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 19:47

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Reckon I'll get over to Harrogate and squeeze onto the finish line for stage one.

You can see the arrangements for the finish of Stage 1 in Harrogate here, including a map http://hedgehogcycling.co.uk/harrogate-town-centre-tour-de-france-2014.html

I suspect that the seats in the grandstands near the war memorial will be taken fairly early in the day.

posted by HarrogateSpa [67 posts]
3rd February 2014 - 19:51

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Let's just hope it's not windy on the day of Stage 11 - because if it is Leeds is going to be a nightmare to get into.

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [275 posts]
4th February 2014 - 0:36

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Ghedebrav wrote:
Reckon I'll get over to Harrogate and squeeze onto the finish line for stage one. Stage two's going to be easy - ensconce myself in a Hebden boozer then pop out to to cheer the fellas on as they come through. Then back in the boozer.

I like this plan.

Just need to find a pub with Eurosport.

posted by farrell [1247 posts]
4th February 2014 - 10:20

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HarrogateSpa wrote:

it would great - Road.cc staffers - if you could employ your investigative journo skills and try and find out what the road closure and access policy will be on the day. I imagine it's pretty crucial to many people's viewing plans.

You can see details of road closures announced by North Yorkshire County Council here http://hedgehogcycling.co.uk/road-closures-tour-de-france-2014.html

I guess for other areas, it will be down to the local authority with responsibility for highways.

thanks for the link - basically shows only the route being closed but you'd think there might be other routes affected. We're staying in Lofthouse, slap bang in the middle of S1 and were planning to ride out towards Leyburn partly along the route in the morning so it's the detail on access by bike and foot that is the main concern, i think you'd be a mug to go out in your car that day.

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posted by joemmo [768 posts]
4th February 2014 - 10:28

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The climbs sound *so* wrong with the comedy french bits added. Leave 'em alone!

posted by andyp [783 posts]
4th February 2014 - 11:05

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After time spent on box hill last year and not really seeing a lot. I think we'll be parked up somewhere on the roll out with a picnic, bottle of wine (or two) and a TV to watch the rest of the day.

posted by Nevans [12 posts]
5th February 2014 - 11:22

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