Video: Phil Liggett reveals route of 2014 Tour de France grand depart in UK

Balanced route for sprinters, climbers and opportunists

by John Stevenson   July 5, 2013  

Tour de France Commentator Phil Liggett reveals the 2014 Tour de France route YouTube

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:

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If he couldn't figure that Lance was doping I doubt he knows where Yorkshire is.

posted by georgee [137 posts]
5th July 2013 - 11:43

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has he mentioned 'the texan' much so far this tour? I only caught one mention so far but I'm more a Eurosport kind of guy

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posted by charlie bravo [51 posts]
5th July 2013 - 11:51

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I had the firm impression that the texan and his 'lieutenants'/'machine' have been firmly deleted from history. It's a shame as they did such a 'job of work' together.

Having said that the other day he mumbled something about Stuey O'Grady doing more tours than anyone else, now that 'Big' George's results were....ahem....erased.

The still from the top YouTube vid is wrong. That's clearly an advert for a care home ot meals on wheels, right?

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posted by arrieredupeleton [551 posts]
5th July 2013 - 12:14

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Ligget took the yellow shilling for too long and therefore should be banned.

He has long since had any relevance to the sport except to big up the biggest cheat in the history of sport.

posted by Decster [246 posts]
5th July 2013 - 12:17

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It really worries me when in all promotional materials they encourage amateurs to follow the exact routes of the Tour. Some of the roads, like A59 between York and Harrogate, or A61 between Ripon and Harrogate, amongst others, are very busy but narrow main roads, filled with lorries. There are safer, nicer and more picturesque alternatives if you know the area, but many riders new to Yorkshire, might blindly follow the route. Pros have closed roads, we have to share. So please, if you're planning to come and ride in the area, study the map and perhaps avoid the busiest roads. All the pretty and exciting fragments are on the quiet bits of day 1 anyway. (I can't speak of South Yorkshire as I'm yet not very familiar with the area).

posted by lengus1 [9 posts]
5th July 2013 - 12:27

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A somewhat surreal juxtaposition of Phil Liggett's dulcet tones and a pumping dubstep soundtrack.

Agree with Lengus1 about the route - do your research on the map and good old streetview. There are some great lanes but the main roads are not that cycle friendly. Once the race has passed I expect the main roads will be pretty chaotic.

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posted by joemmo [792 posts]
5th July 2013 - 12:58

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DOes anyone know where you can find the EXACT route they will take? I live in Leeds and am keen to learn the route they will take out of the city centre and away...

Ta!

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posted by jdstrachan@yaho... [53 posts]
5th July 2013 - 13:35

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google tour de france yorkshire route and...

http://letour.yorkshire.com/the-route

granted its a bit hazy in the city centres but the rest is legible.

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posted by joemmo [792 posts]
5th July 2013 - 13:56

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Either the title of this article is misleading or has been truncated. Surely it should be:

"Phil Liggett reveals route of 2014 Tour de France grand depart in UK is all a conspiracy because some unnamed person he spoke to last week told him so"

posted by Sadly Biggins [264 posts]
5th July 2013 - 15:18

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I see they still haven't formulated stage three yet.

On another subject, I suspect most of the Liggert bashers once wore a yellow wristband such is their venom. I can say ( smugly ) that I never had a yellow band and looking back over Liggert's very fine career - running the milk race for while was one highlight - he's allowed to make a mistake or two. I'll take misguided loyalty over sneering (with perhaps a touch of frustrated envy?) any day.

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

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posted by MercuryOne [1055 posts]
5th July 2013 - 15:54

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MercuryOne wrote:
I see they still haven't formulated stage three yet.

On another subject, I suspect most of the Liggert bashers once wore a yellow wristband such is their venom. I can say ( smugly ) that I never had a yellow band and looking back over Liggert's very fine career - running the milk race for while was one highlight - he's allowed to make a mistake or two. I'll take misguided loyalty over sneering (with perhaps a touch of frustrated envy?) any day.


(And here we go again) Read a transcript of Liggett's interview on Ballz radio. Misguided loyalty is one thing, Lying through his teeth is another.

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:26

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Agree with Decster and Rumpo. Both Liggett and Sherwen were and may well still be financially in cahoots with Armstrong. I gave up my Eurosport subscription last year after becoming disillusioned with cycling and only occasionally now turn on the ITV4 coverage to find that the Hinge and Bracket of cycle commentating are still droning on.

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posted by dullard [140 posts]
5th July 2013 - 16:57

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I still can't quite get my head round the Tour de France is going up Holme Moss. The Tour de France! Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

Tinny pseudo-dubstep soundtrack can f-off though.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1091 posts]
5th July 2013 - 17:56

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so yorkshires flat? my legs disagree

posted by cjk99 [53 posts]
5th July 2013 - 19:58

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Climbed Holme Moss on a recent sportive and I can't wait to see the pro's tackle it next year, in probably a fraction of the time it took me to get my sorry arse up there. Enjoyed the fast descent too, didn't quite make 60mph however.

posted by stevebull-01 [61 posts]
5th July 2013 - 23:05

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It's the 'droning on' that's getting to me too. Wink

Ok. Some people don't like Liggert. Think he's: over the hill/ a crook / boring. We get it. Can we move on? Or maybe get a wristband saying 'We hate Liggert' on it?

Moving on....I hope it's sunny next year as Sheffield and Leeds from the air aren't pretty.

I can hear Liggert next year 'You're looking at the NCP carpark created in 1965 - capacity 2,000 vehicles. Sheffield was never visited by Charlemagne in his lifetime..''

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

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posted by MercuryOne [1055 posts]
6th July 2013 - 10:42

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I hadn't seen the promotional material yet, that is a shame they didn't show safer routes in them as well. Capital Cycles

posted by TeamCC [146 posts]
6th July 2013 - 13:17

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last week going up Holme Moss all i could think of was shit me the pro's are doing this next year. cant wait to see their times and watch them go up in the big chain ring

posted by mpt68 [101 posts]
6th July 2013 - 14:37

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It's not the first time the "pro's" have been up the Moss.

Have been up there for a few of the races going over. most notably for me was hold the flag for the top of the climb, Sean Kelly sprinting towards it. Awesome.

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posted by timothy [32 posts]
8th July 2013 - 8:56

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