Leeds, York, and Cambridge to host 2014 Tour de France stage starts

Harrogate, Sheffield and London (the Mall) to host stage finishes + more route details

by Tony Farrelly   January 17, 2013  

Details of the three stages the 2014 Tour de France have been revealed by Tour organisers ASO at a press conference in Paris, as expected Stage 3 will be from Cambridge to London and will go through the Olympic Park (as predicted on road.cc earlier this month) but the finish will be a gallop down the Mall.

Yorkshire though will be the main focus of the race in the UK, the county hosts the Grand Depart and we now have route maps and a list of all the main towns and villages that the first two stages will pass through - see below. More information about the Yorkshire stages, and the Cambridge to London stage, will be revealed later at a press conference at Leeds Town Hall followed by a Grand Depart party.

Route maps courtesy of Yorkshire Grand Depart 2014

Stage 1: Saturday 5 July 190Km Leeds - Harewood - Otley - Ilkley - Skipton - Kettlewell - Aysgarth - Hawes - Reeth - Leyburn - Ripon - Harrogate. The first stage takes the riders through the Yorkshire Dales and over two categorised climbs for what is expected to be a sprint finish in the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate, although it's lumpy that you wouldn't discount someone having a go and trying to grab some time in yellow.

Route maps courtesy of Yorkshire Grand Depart 2014

Stage 2: Sunday 6 July 200Km York - Knaresborough - Silsden - Keighley - Haworth - Hebden Bridge - Elland - Huddersfield - Holmfirth - Sheffield. The riders will need their climbing legs on today. Stage two includes 1050 metres of climbing in last 60k - the last climb is just 5km from the finish and as you'd expect in that part of the world some them are steep 14% has been promised. Cragg Vale climb - Mytholmroyd (B6138) to Blackstone Edge - the longest continuous ascent in England. At 4.86 miles is amongst it's a minnow by Tour standards but it will give the riders a chance to warm up their climbing legs for later in the race as will Holme Moss which is tough no matter who you are. 

 

Stage 3: Monday 7 July - 169Km Cambridge - Saffron Walden - Epping - Woodford Green - South Woodford - Walthamstow - Leyton - Olympic Park - Docklands - Embankment - The Mall. Start in Cambridge and finish in Central London with, if all goes to plan, what should be a mass sprint finish on the Mall at the end of a pretty flat stage. There aren't many lumps between Cambridge and London - although it isn't completely flat either - but it should be flat enough to be a welcome relief for the peloton after what are should to be a couple of punishing days in Yorkshire.

The route from Cambridge is expected to take the riders down through North Essex, interestingly the route north of the M25 is stil to be confirmed - given the stated distance it is going to have to deviate from the dotted line on the map by around 40 miles. Our best guess at the moment is that it will swing south east from Cambridge down through Linton, Haverhill, and Halstead before skirting Braintree and heading over to Bishops Stortford, then Harlow. We'd say it's pretty nailed on to go through Epping itself and from their the route is announced through Epping Forest before entering London down the long stretch of the Epping New Road and passing through the boroughs of Waltham Forest, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Westminster, taking in the Olympic Park along the way before braving the Monday rush hour for the finale on the Mall. Can't wait.

Full details of the route can be found on the Grand Depart Yorkshire website.

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nappe wrote:
Well that's me just lost 200 places on the Cragg Vale Strava segment... Big Grin

Ha ha love it! That is a good point! Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

posted by Roberj4 [202 posts]
17th January 2013 - 11:17

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BBC Sports web page confirms stage 1 & 2 route.

posted by Roberj4 [202 posts]
17th January 2013 - 11:18

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Cragg Vale? They're lucky. When I were a lad, we had to carry our bikes over mud and rock strewn back lanes over the highest moors...

posted by ubercurmudgeon [168 posts]
17th January 2013 - 11:40

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Ride out to watch Le Tour... dont mind if I do.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1299 posts]
17th January 2013 - 11:51

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Here's some maps: http://letour.yorkshire.com/the-route

Glad to see they've got Holme Moss on stage 2.

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [276 posts]
17th January 2013 - 11:56

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The Strines are a tough prospect even for the pros-expect some shelling before the run in to Sheffield.Stage for hard men.Love it. Wink

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posted by nevman [17 posts]
17th January 2013 - 12:01

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Stage one 'theoretical' map and profile:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2072840

Stage two 'theoretical' map and profile:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2072847

Those are just based on stage towns and what I could gather from the proper routes

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
17th January 2013 - 12:17

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What are the odds for JTL to be in yellow after day 2? Seems like his kind of terrain rather than a pure climber or a puncheur like Gilbert or Rodriguez.

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posted by arrieredupeleton [566 posts]
17th January 2013 - 12:23

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This is gonna be great and the Strines will finally get resurfaced!!

posted by Chrisc [144 posts]
17th January 2013 - 12:32

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Oh my god I'm so excited - cannot wait. I live in York gonna pick a good spot for stage one then watch start with kids the next day! And then get to ride a stage of the tour any time you bloody well like!

posted by mick intherain [14 posts]
17th January 2013 - 12:37

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Yes, yes, yes - Cannot wait.

(Bet the lass in the icecream van at the top of Holme Moss won't have a mortgage come mid-July Big Grin )

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posted by mingmong [213 posts]
17th January 2013 - 12:49

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brilliant!! I live in South Woodford so i'm in for a ringside seat on stage 3. Yipee!! Big Grin

posted by SPAM Naval [141 posts]
17th January 2013 - 13:33

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Clearly the thing to do on stage one is get to Aysgarth early doors then hammer it over to Leyburn once the peloton has passed though to catch them a second time.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1101 posts]
17th January 2013 - 13:39

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Fantabulous stuff, even without the rumoured Bawtry stage finish (a forlorn hope). Delighted to see Aysgarth, Hebden Bridge and a good chunk of Woodhead involved - and brilliant that these two stages are genuinely tough old rides, not mere processions.

Cannot wait for this. Feel a bit sorry for the East Riding, though.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1101 posts]
17th January 2013 - 13:40

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Very excited, having missed the Olympic road race i can have a chance to see this stage virtually from home...if the train times work i may get a few different views. I doubt i'd be fast enough by bike to get ahead of the peloton anywhere on the Cams to London stage. Sad

posted by md6 [160 posts]
17th January 2013 - 13:54

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Cragg Vale Schmagg Vale. Holme Moss is where it's at.

posted by andyp [1067 posts]
17th January 2013 - 14:10

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Local councillor on Look East crowing about how the Cambridge councils won't pay anything for their stage start. They're going to have a shock once the ASO see the state of their roads and demand much resurfacing.

posted by a.jumper [723 posts]
17th January 2013 - 14:11

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Cant wait, my bro lives 20 miles from York so will be camped at his for an early start and onto Harrogate before heading to York for the next stage Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

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posted by stumps [2841 posts]
17th January 2013 - 14:28

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a.jumper wrote:
Local councillor on Look East crowing about how the Cambridge councils won't pay anything for their stage start. They're going to have a shock once the ASO see the state of their roads and demand much resurfacing.

I wonder what their tit of a police commissioner makes of it. No doubt he'll have his plods out doing the team buses for parking violations.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1101 posts]
17th January 2013 - 14:51

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The continental riders whined like hell when the Tour of Britain went over the Strines a few years ago. (I think the descent on Ewden Bank messed with their minds a bit !).

Stages one and two look excellent - who needs prologues !

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [276 posts]
17th January 2013 - 15:07

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You can see from Stage 1 & 2 a few 'Sportive' events being formed to take on both routes, that might be interesting.

posted by Roberj4 [202 posts]
17th January 2013 - 15:38

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Roberj4 wrote:
You can see from Stage 1 & 2 a few 'Sportive' events being formed to take on both routes, that might be interesting.

Being a northern tight-wad who never coughs up for sportives, I'm planning to do a DIY t'Etape du t'Tour on stage 2 - it would be rude not to.

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [276 posts]
17th January 2013 - 16:46

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Looks like Harrogate is the real winner with two stages. I am glad to see they are finishing stage three in a little village called Londres, I've not heard of it before, it will really put it on the map.



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posted by bikeboy76 [1428 posts]
18th January 2013 - 1:16

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Looking at that myself Badback. After the 114 mile White Rose Classic last year - with the last 14%er only 4 miles from the end - Stage 1 is definitely on my calendar for this summer. Probably skip the start at Leeds Town Hall though.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1093 posts]
18th January 2013 - 8:40

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I think my biggest disappointment is the run in to Sheffield, doing this climb over by Meadowhell, rather than a much harder, and much closer to the finish climb over Crookes. https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr=A6024&daddr=53.4904203,-1.642573+to...

posted by robfarrington [8 posts]
18th January 2013 - 9:37

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I'll be very surprised if the route goes through Harlow. If anything I reckon it'll be a long flat stage - out to Ely, Newmarket, then south towards Saffron Walden, Thaxted, Dunmow, Fyfield, right at Ongar, in through North Weald and down the Epping New Road, through South Woodford to avoid the North Circular roundabout, cut across from Snaresbrook to the Whipps Cross roundabout, down Lea Bridge Road, Orient Way, onto the Olympic site and then it's anyone's guess.

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posted by Gizmo_ [956 posts]
18th January 2013 - 14:33

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Just put the route for stage 2 on Bikeroute toaster. I've worked out the main bit of the route but I've used a bit of artistic licence on the start and finish as I am guessing from the map on the t'internet and also allowing for one way systems.

However if you fancy doing a DIY etape here's the page on the t'internet c/w GPS files: http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=493356

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [276 posts]
18th January 2013 - 19:24

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this should be somewhere near for the first stage...

http://www.gpsies.com/map.do;jsessionid=0511C80EF502DA799E83E43B2AD2BEE5...

posted by BigYin [13 posts]
18th January 2013 - 21:27

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posted by nivagh [53 posts]
18th January 2013 - 22:18

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A woman at work that started cycling a year ago after getting a bike on the cycle2work scheme has booked her campsite already.

posted by tarquin_foxglove [92 posts]
18th January 2013 - 22:19

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