Video: Phil Liggett reveals route of 2014 Tour de France grand depart in UK
Balanced route for sprinters, climbers and opportunists
The Tour de France starts with two stages in Yorkshire next year, before hopping south to Cambridge to start stage three’s run into London.
In this video from the Ordnance Survey, Phil ‘the Voice of Cycling’ Ligget talks us through the route, the challenges the riders will face and the types of riders likely to win.
Stage one from Leeds to Harrogate via the Dales will be one for the sprinters, according to Liggett, while the hills of the second stage from York to Sheffield will favour climbers.
The dash into London will be one for the opportunists, with the chance of a breakaway, though it’s hard to see Mark Cavendish’s team allowing that when their man will want to to win in front of Buckingham Palace.
Tour director Christian Prudhomme says it will be the second hardest grand depart in the history of the Tour.
Take a look at the video and see if you agree with Prudomme and Liggett's thoughts: