Yorkshire to host Tour de France in 2014... stage finish in London too

World's most prestigious race to return to UK

by Simon_MacMichael   December 14, 2012  

Wiggins TT position in yellow

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."

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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!

posted by Deswahriff [11 posts]
14th December 2012 - 12:58

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Gkam84 wrote:
Squiggle wrote:
What a crock of s**t! The Edinburgh bid was much better! Any other UK start is just a waste!

Ahhh - poor Scotties - us Terriers got us TdF bid in early and anyway Yorkshire pud trumps yer miserable neeps! - we'll still welcome you in Yorkshire - just remember to bring t'sun screen and plenty of cash to spend ! Big Grin

Sudor

posted by Sudor [183 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:02

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That is right Deswahriff; the 'youf of today have no idea. It did not do us any harm!

posted by SideBurn [859 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:07

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Ghedebrav wrote:
*insert flat cap/helmet gag here*

On Ilkely Moor bart.. (sorry)

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posted by mingmong [208 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:08

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The Olympic Velodrome that Gkam84 mentioned is having 'work' done on it, so I saw in passing on the TV. Anyone know what sort of 'work'? I could not see the whole of the article but they seemed to be taking it, or part of it down? The last olympic velodrome was cut down and moved to an old Airship hangar at Calshot. Apparently at the time someone suggested that it would make a great bonfire!

posted by SideBurn [859 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:17

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Deswahriff wrote:
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!

I used to DREAM of licking an OXO wrapper! Me and me 20 brothers and 30 sisters would gather round t'family Bisto granule every fifth Christmas and take turns to smell it before heading back down t'pit .

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posted by Ghedebrav [1102 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:18

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I think someone needs to teach people how to remove previous quotes.....This page is massive with only a few comments Devil

I don't know, I think the velodrome will be staying, is it not to host some more races next year?

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posted by Gkam84 [9016 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:27

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SideBurn wrote:
The Olympic Velodrome that Gkam84 mentioned is having 'work' done on it, so I saw in passing on the TV. Anyone know what sort of 'work'? I could not see the whole of the article but they seemed to be taking it, or part of it down? The last olympic velodrome was cut down and moved to an old Airship hangar at Calshot. Apparently at the time someone suggested that it would make a great bonfire!

Dont think the delay in being able to open it to the public is because of work to the building itself. Its the work around it that's going to mean that it cant open till 2014, because its impossible to create stand-along access to it to stop it being impacted by all the surrounding building work.

posted by Sam1 [219 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:32

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Gkam84 wrote:
I think someone needs to teach people how to remove previous quotes.....This page is massive with only a few comments Devil

True, but it's nice to see Marty Feldman is not forgotten.

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:33

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Sorry Gkam84 Crying Us amateurs with just a few hundred posts. I will try to get a grip!

posted by SideBurn [859 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:36

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That is good news Sam1; I did not realise how lucky I was to have a track a few miles up the road from me. Where I live now the nearest track is 125 miles away. I cannot understand why there is not one in Britol or surrounding areas? There is one planned for Torbay but that is still 85 miles away for me.

posted by SideBurn [859 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:48

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Gkam84 wrote:

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.

As well as the densely populated cities in Yorkshire (Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield) it is close by to Manchester, Newcastle, Sunderland, Nottingham, even Liverpool is only an hour or so away. That's a fair chunk of the population.

But more importantly than the demographics, Yorkshire has some of the most scenic and challenging roads in the country. Just look in the 100 Hill Climbs book and see that Yorkshire gets an entire chapter to itself. Then there is the history to consider - how many ex and current pros come from Yorkshire and how many from Edinburgh? Yorkshire, along with Merseyside, is one of a handful of cycling hotbeds in the country.

I love Scotland and spend many of my holidays in the highlands hillwalking, mountaineering and rockclimbing. But for cycling, Yorkshire is well ahead in my opinion. The only fly in the ointmnet is that London will once again have a stage. Yorkshire could have easily had 4 stages within the county and still misssed out classic roads. Presumably 2014 will have a prologue, aroudn Leeds, leaving only one 'proper' Yorkshire stage so most of the Dales, Moors, Wolds, Pennines and Peak District will miss out entirely.

posted by Chris James [209 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:52

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Chris James wrote:
. Yorkshire could have easily had 4 stages within the county and still misssed out classic roads. Presumably 2014 will have a prologue, aroudn Leeds, leaving only one 'proper' Yorkshire stage so most of the Dales, Moors, Wolds, Pennines and Peak District will miss out entirely.

Clearly the UCI World Tour needs a Dauphine-esque Yorkshire stage-race - wouldn't that be wonderful!? the winner could have a white rose jersey, brass bands at the finish line, Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley in place of podium girls...

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posted by Ghedebrav [1102 posts]
14th December 2012 - 14:14

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I'm up for that. Actually, it would probbaly fit in nicely with the UCIs new World series idea ... albeit that the World |Series is a rubbish proposal otherwise!

posted by Chris James [209 posts]
14th December 2012 - 14:26

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Absolutely brilliant news, lets hope they go up Sutton Bank as my bro lives at the top.

Commiserations to Scotland though as i believe one of the stages was planned to finish in the toon which is even closer.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2826 posts]
14th December 2012 - 14:29

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Ghedebrav wrote:
Deswahriff wrote:
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!

I used to DREAM of licking an OXO wrapper! Me and me 20 brothers and 30 sisters would gather round t'family Bisto granule every fifth Christmas and take turns to smell it before heading back down t'pit .

We were rich. It was ace.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3427 posts]
14th December 2012 - 14:46

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Can't believe T'Tour is coming to my own back yard! Big Grin

posted by Chrisc [144 posts]
14th December 2012 - 17:51

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notfastenough wrote:
Ghedebrav wrote:
Deswahriff wrote:
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!

I used to DREAM of licking an OXO wrapper! Me and me 20 brothers and 30 sisters would gather round t'family Bisto granule every fifth Christmas and take turns to smell it before heading back down t'pit .

We were rich. It was ace.

bye eckers, when i were down't pit,I didnt see daylight for yonks. only my own't finger nails for food. oooooh it were grim ooop nawth i tell thee

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
14th December 2012 - 18:19

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Whats a "historical win"?
Thinking

lifes goal is not to arrive at the grave in a perfectly preserved body, but to skid in sideways yelling "yeah what a ride!"

posted by wheelsucker [50 posts]
14th December 2012 - 18:30

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wheelsucker wrote:
Whats a "historical win"?
Thinking

It means we an be confident it will still be on wikipedia in 10 years times. That is unless Wiggo receives a special gift hamper from the Spanish federation for Christmas.



I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1396 posts]
14th December 2012 - 18:44

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bikeboy76 wrote:
wheelsucker wrote:
Whats a "historical win"?
Thinking

It means we an be confident it will still be on wikipedia in 10 years times. That is unless Wiggo receives a special gift hamper from the Spanish federation for Christmas.

Oh thanks it should be hysterical Devil

lifes goal is not to arrive at the grave in a perfectly preserved body, but to skid in sideways yelling "yeah what a ride!"

posted by wheelsucker [50 posts]
14th December 2012 - 19:36

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Great news - although I've been up in Scotland this week and the press seemed fairly confident of the tour going to Edinburgh - Sorry guys! please come down and enjoy some Yorkshire hospitality though.

Chris D

posted by wingsofspeed68 [51 posts]
14th December 2012 - 20:19

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I was watching BBC Look Leeds this evening and they reckon day 1 (July 5th) is going to be Leeds to Scarborough and day 2 (July 6th) is going to be York to Sheffield.

If this is true (which it may not be) that will mean no prologue and a TDF finish twelve miles up the road from me.

Bring it on !

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [273 posts]
14th December 2012 - 20:42

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badback wrote:
they reckon day 1 (July 5th) is going to be Leeds to Scarborough

Now I'm even more pee'd off, because on July 5th 1295, The Scottish and France made some sort of pack against England....... Devil Devil Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9016 posts]
14th December 2012 - 21:20

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It didn't involve bicycles and the seaside did it ? Thinking

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [273 posts]
14th December 2012 - 21:40

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Something about agreeing to support each other against attack from England.

We sent them sheep and they gave us wine.....something like that, remembering, its been many years since I did history aged 12

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posted by Gkam84 [9016 posts]
14th December 2012 - 22:27

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I've already told my wife that I'll be booking a day off work and my kids may skip school. It will be an "educational" trip, of course.
Wink

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posted by Simon E [2036 posts]
14th December 2012 - 22:58

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England or Scotland, i'm just glad that the UK was chosen for the Grand Départ. I'm sure the other contenders, Florence, Barcelona and Lille are gutted Devil

If that ride is important to you, you'll find a way to get it in!

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posted by road slapper [94 posts]
14th December 2012 - 23:05

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Congratulations to Yorkshire, Edinburgh would have been more convenient for me, but perhaps there was a concern about wheels getting caught in the tram lines. Devil

posted by FMOAB [238 posts]
15th December 2012 - 1:38

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badback wrote:
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) ?

.... then into Glossop and up and down snake pass. THAT I would love

nige

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posted by formereve [65 posts]
18th December 2012 - 22:53

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