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Yorkshire has been awarded the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France, the first time the North of England has hosted the race. The first two stages will take place in Yorkshire followed by a third in the South of England, finishing in London, before heading across the Channel to France. Full details will be revealed at press conferences to be jointly held in Leeds and Paris on 17 January.

It's the fourth time cycling's biggest race has come to the UK - the last was when London hosted the Grand Depart in 2007 - and the Yorkshire bid saw off a competing one that would have seen the event start in Edinburgh before heading south through England and Wales to the Channel.

The inclusion of that third stage in the South of England within the Yorkshire plans is likely to have been a response to that. Previously, the Yorkshire bid focused on two stages within the county itself, starting in Leeds and also taking in places such as Sheffield, Hull, York and Scarborough as well as some of the region's spectacular scenery.

Leeds will be host the build-up to the race, which will start on 5 July 2014, and Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said: “We are honoured that Leeds has been chosen to be the host city of the 2014 Grand Départ.

"Leeds has a proud racing and riding history so it will be wonderful to welcome the biggest cycle race of them all to the heart of our vibrant city centre, inspire a new generation of Yorkshire cyclists to compete on the world stage and leave a lasting cycling legacy for the city.”

The bid was co-ordinated by Welcome to Yorkshire, which launched a major PR offensive during this year's race, won of course by Bradley WIggins, including putting full-page adverts in L'Equipe.

The agency's chief executive, Gary Verity, said: Today is a proud day for everyone involved in the bid and the county as a whole. We are honoured that the race organisers, the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), have selected Yorkshire to be the host location of the 2014 Grand Départ.

“It will mean less than two years after hosting the Olympics the British public can look forward to another of the world’s biggest sporting events coming to the country, and I am in no doubt they will come to Yorkshire in their millions, lining the length and breadth of the route to cheer on the champions of world cycling and our home grown British heroes.

“Yorkshire is a passionate county of proud people and I am sure they will guarantee that their Grand Départ raises the bar in terms of expectations for all future hosts to come.”

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme commented: “Since the resounding success of the Grand Départ in London in 2007, we were very keen to return to the United Kingdom.

"Bradley Wiggins’ historical victory last July and the enormous crowds that followed the cycling events in the streets of London during the Olympic Games encouraged us to go back earlier than we had initially planned.

"Yorkshire is a region of outstanding beauty, with breathtaking landscapes whose terrains offer both sprinters and attackers the opportunity to express themselves.

"We have encountered a phenomenal desire from the Yorkshire team to welcome the Tour de France and have no doubt that passion and support will be particularly evident for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014.”

That competing Scottish-led bid, unlike the Yorkshire one, had the support of British Cycling. However, the organisation's president, Brian Cookson, welcomed the prospect of the race returning to Great Britain.

"Like every other cycling fan, I am thrillled the world's biggest bike race is coming back to this country," he said.

"The huge numbers who turned out to support the 2007 Grand Depart and the London 2012 road races show the passion we have for cycling.

"I'm sure Yorkshire will give the 2014 Tour de France a welcome which will stand out in the race's rich history."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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bikecellar [268 posts] 3 years ago
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What a surprise! was thinking Scotland had it, can't wait for the details to emerge, Me and Wor Lass are all booked up for Nice/Corsica next year so Grand Depart two years in a Row after being at London and Valkenburg this year, life's a peach.  4

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badback [302 posts] 3 years ago
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Great news. I wonder if the Tour of Britain will get a lot more interest from the world tour teams this year as a result.

It's going to fun explaining that the Yorkshire pudding is not a dessert too.

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Ghedebrav [1098 posts] 3 years ago
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*insert flat cap/helmet gag here*

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Ghedebrav [1098 posts] 3 years ago
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Seriously, this is brilliant news (though apologies to the Edinburgh bid, whihc also looked great).

Hopefully we'll see riders fuelled by pontefract cakes and fat rascals instead of energy gels and EPO.

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robdaykin (not verified) [367 posts] 3 years ago
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It's going to fun explaining that the Yorkshire pudding is not a dessert too

Since when? You have it hot before the meat, or with it, and cold after with golden syrup. Then you make a note that you need to do more miles. Lots more miles.

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 3 years ago
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robdaykin wrote:

Since when? You have it hot before the meat, or with it, and cold after with golden syrup. Then you make a note that you need to do more miles. Lots more miles.

Luxury. When I were a lad, we only had a picture of a Yorkshire pudding once a year.

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sean1 [175 posts] 3 years ago
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badback wrote:

It's going to fun explaining that the Yorkshire pudding is not a dessert too.

When I was a lad we dipped cold Yorkshire puddings in sugar and jam. I was born in Lincolnshire though....

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Deswahriff [15 posts] 3 years ago
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Sadly Biggins wrote:
robdaykin wrote:

Since when? You have it hot before the meat, or with it, and cold after with golden syrup. Then you make a note that you need to do more miles. Lots more miles.

Luxury. When I were a lad, we only had a picture of a Yorkshire pudding once a year.

..picture?? you lucky, lucky barsteward!...we had to draw our own on a paving slab...

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Mat Brett [599 posts] 3 years ago
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All descents to be contested in tin baths, like off of that Last of the Summer Wine documentary.

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Ghedebrav [1098 posts] 3 years ago
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Deswahriff wrote:
Sadly Biggins wrote:
robdaykin wrote:

Since when? You have it hot before the meat, or with it, and cold after with golden syrup. Then you make a note that you need to do more miles. Lots more miles.

Luxury. When I were a lad, we only had a picture of a Yorkshire pudding once a year.

..picture?? you lucky, lucky barsteward!...we had to draw our own on a paving slab...

Paving slab? Luxury! I had to carve a yorkshire pudding into me arm with a rusty stanley knife as a treat every other Christmas, and I was bloody glad of it.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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The "2014 Tour de Franace" is that a spelling mistake or are you saying that going to Yorkshire is going to be ace  39

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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NOT HAPPY HERE.......  14

Good to see it in Britain, but Edinburgh was clearly the better choice and it would have travelled down through Engerlandshire  20 20 20

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Sudor [184 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm worried about them sinister sheep who like now't better than playing chicken with t'peloton on t'descents  4

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Deswahriff [15 posts] 3 years ago
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Ghedebrav wrote:
Deswahriff wrote:
Sadly Biggins wrote:
robdaykin wrote:

Since when? You have it hot before the meat, or with it, and cold after with golden syrup. Then you make a note that you need to do more miles. Lots more miles.

Luxury. When I were a lad, we only had a picture of a Yorkshire pudding once a year.

..picture?? you lucky, lucky barsteward!...we had to draw our own on a paving slab...

Paving slab? Luxury! I had to carve a yorkshire pudding into me arm with a rusty stanley knife as a treat every other Christmas, and I was bloody glad of it.

..you had a rusty stanley knife? We could only dream of such luxuries, you posh, elitist git!!

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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Sudor wrote:

I'm worried about them sinister sheep who like now't better than playing chicken with t'peloton on t'descents  4

Leg of Lamb anyone, Chops, nice bit of Shoulder? Hmmmm delicious  19

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robdaykin (not verified) [367 posts] 3 years ago
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Sorry Gkam, can't agree. Yorkshire don't have the BC or Olympic velodromes, only get a Tour of Britain stage every few years and sorry, but the Edinburgh bid catered to the same old places that cycling always goes to. It was a boring and predictable offering to be avoided.
I'm disappointed that the third stage goes to London, it's a waste of an opportunity to engage with more people who don't often get the chance to see top level riders up close.

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nevman [18 posts] 3 years ago
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Deswahriff wrote:
Ghedebrav wrote:
Deswahriff wrote:
Sadly Biggins wrote:
robdaykin wrote:

Since when? You have it hot before the meat, or with it, and cold after with golden syrup. Then you make a note that you need to do more miles. Lots more miles.

Luxury. When I were a lad, we only had a picture of a Yorkshire pudding once a year.

..picture?? you lucky, lucky barsteward!...we had to draw our own on a paving slab...

Paving slab? Luxury! I had to carve a yorkshire pudding into me arm with a rusty stanley knife as a treat every other Christmas, and I was bloody glad of it.

..you had a rusty stanley knife? We could only dream of such luxuries, you posh, elitist git!!

We werent allowed to dream of luxuries-we had to pretend to have an imaginary picture.

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badback [302 posts] 3 years ago
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nevman wrote:
Deswahriff wrote:
Ghedebrav wrote:
Deswahriff wrote:
Sadly Biggins wrote:
robdaykin wrote:

Since when? You have it hot before the meat, or with it, and cold after with golden syrup. Then you make a note that you need to do more miles. Lots more miles.

Luxury. When I were a lad, we only had a picture of a Yorkshire pudding once a year.

..picture?? you lucky, lucky barsteward!...we had to draw our own on a paving slab...

Paving slab? Luxury! I had to carve a yorkshire pudding into me arm with a rusty stanley knife as a treat every other Christmas, and I was bloody glad of it.

..you had a rusty stanley knife? We could only dream of such luxuries, you posh, elitist git!!

We werent allowed to dream of luxuries-we had to pretend to have an imaginary picture.

Pretend, pretend, we couldn't afford that. Anyway we were too busy to pretend with working all hours down t'pit for a halfpence a day.

As for dessert and starters - we only had one course. Pudding for us was fresh air and windy pie.

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Sudor [184 posts] 3 years ago
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From today's T'Groniad:-

Christian Prudhomme said :-
"Yorkshire is a region of outstanding beauty, with breathtaking landscapes whose terrains offer both sprinters and attackers the opportunity to express themselves. We have encountered a phenomenal desire from the Yorkshire team to welcome the Tour de France and have no doubt that passion and support will be particularly evident for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014."

They know a good thing when they see it

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NeilXDavis [120 posts] 3 years ago
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Well thats put a ray of sunshine through this depressing weather!....well done.... didn't really care if it was Yorkshire or Edinburgh as long as it was UK.

Whoevers ran the Yorkshire bid big pat on the back!.

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WolfieSmith [1244 posts] 3 years ago
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What a proud day to be a Yorkshireman.

I'm off to fly me whippets on t' moor in celebration.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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robdaykin wrote:

Sorry Gkam, can't agree. Yorkshire don't have the BC or Olympic velodromes, only get a Tour of Britain stage every few years and sorry, but the Edinburgh bid catered to the same old places that cycling always goes to. It was a boring and predictable offering to be avoided.
I'm disappointed that the third stage goes to London, it's a waste of an opportunity to engage with more people who don't often get the chance to see top level riders up close.

What's it got to do with Velodromes? London has the Olympic one and where is the Yorkshire bid heading to.....London

Although the Edinburgh route was speculation, It would have taken in Scotland, England and Wales, being in reach of MILLIONS more people than the Yorkshire bid.

It reeks of backhanders.....BUT, Edinburgh's bid was originally set for 2017. So is still on track according to the ASO

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timbola [241 posts] 3 years ago
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Gkam ... we need to get you at the Grand Depart ... now you have your trike all but sorted, you HAVE to be there, 1) to represent Scotland and 2) to represent all that is great about cycling and cyclists in the UK/GB/Ireland whatver-you-want-to-call-it (just trying to be apolitical).

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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timbola wrote:

Gkam ... we need to get you at the Grand Depart ... now you have your trike all but sorted, you HAVE to be there, 1) to represent Scotland and 2) to represent all that is great about cycling and cyclists in the UK/GB/Ireland whatver-you-want-to-call-it (just trying to be apolitical).

I'm pretty sure that could be arranged. Hoping to make the ToB this year, especially if Coldeportes get an invite because I've been offered some hospitality with them to any race I can make that they are in

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Simmo72 [584 posts] 3 years ago
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Fantastic news, well deserved I'm so glad its gone to Yorkshire (and this is coming from a Southern lad). Great terrain and fans alike. Looking forward to it already. A shame for Scotland as that would also have been a great event. How about a Tour of Scotland when they get their independence?

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Squiggle [403 posts] 3 years ago
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What a crock of s**t! The Edinburgh bid was much better! Any other UK start is just a waste!

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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Squiggle wrote:

What a crock of s**t! The Edinburgh bid was much better! Any other UK start is just a waste!

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Someone thats with me, Shame we are both biased Scots from the N/E ..... Alot closer to Edinburgh than Tea country

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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badback wrote:
nevman wrote:
Deswahriff wrote:
Ghedebrav wrote:
Deswahriff wrote:
Sadly Biggins wrote:
robdaykin wrote:

Since when? You have it hot before the meat, or with it, and cold after with golden syrup. Then you make a note that you need to do more miles. Lots more miles.

Luxury. When I were a lad, we only had a picture of a Yorkshire pudding once a year.

..picture?? you lucky, lucky barsteward!...we had to draw our own on a paving slab...

Paving slab? Luxury! I had to carve a yorkshire pudding into me arm with a rusty stanley knife as a treat every other Christmas, and I was bloody glad of it.

..you had a rusty stanley knife? We could only dream of such luxuries, you posh, elitist git!!

We werent allowed to dream of luxuries-we had to pretend to have an imaginary picture.

Pretend, pretend, we couldn't afford that. Anyway we were too busy to pretend with working all hours down t'pit for a halfpence a day.

As for dessert and starters - we only had one course. Pudding for us was fresh air and windy pie.

Halfpence "A DAY" blimey rich beyond my wildest dreams. On Christmas Day I get a whole oxo cube!

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badback [302 posts] 3 years ago
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Anyone care to guess / speculate on the route ?

I wonder if they'll include Le Col du Holme Moss so they dip into Gods own country (Derbyshire) ?

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Deswahriff [15 posts] 3 years ago
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SideBurn wrote:
badback wrote:
nevman wrote:
Deswahriff wrote:
Ghedebrav wrote:
Deswahriff wrote:
Sadly Biggins wrote:
robdaykin wrote:

Since when? You have it hot before the meat, or with it, and cold after with golden syrup. Then you make a note that you need to do more miles. Lots more miles.

Luxury. When I were a lad, we only had a picture of a Yorkshire pudding once a year.

..picture?? you lucky, lucky barsteward!...we had to draw our own on a paving slab...

Paving slab? Luxury! I had to carve a yorkshire pudding into me arm with a rusty stanley knife as a treat every other Christmas, and I was bloody glad of it.

..you had a rusty stanley knife? We could only dream of such luxuries, you posh, elitist git!!

We werent allowed to dream of luxuries-we had to pretend to have an imaginary picture.

Pretend, pretend, we couldn't afford that. Anyway we were too busy to pretend with working all hours down t'pit for a halfpence a day.

As for dessert and starters - we only had one course. Pudding for us was fresh air and windy pie.

Halfpence "A DAY" blimey rich beyond my wildest dreams. On Christmas Day I get a whole oxo cube!

...a WHOLE oxo cube?...me and my 10 siblings had to fight each other to lick the wrapper!

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