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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:

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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georgee [162 posts] 2 years ago
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If he couldn't figure that Lance was doping I doubt he knows where Yorkshire is.

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charlie bravo [50 posts] 2 years ago
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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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arrieredupeleton [575 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Decster [246 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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lengus1 [18 posts] 2 years ago
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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).

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joemmo [1164 posts] 2 years ago
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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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jdstrachan@yaho... [52 posts] 2 years ago
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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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joemmo [1164 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 2 years ago
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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"

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WolfieSmith [1318 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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dullard [140 posts] 2 years ago
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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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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 2 years ago
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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!  4 4 4

Tinny pseudo-dubstep soundtrack can f-off though.

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cjk99 [62 posts] 2 years ago
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so yorkshires flat? my legs disagree

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stevebull-01 [63 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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WolfieSmith [1318 posts] 2 years ago
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It's the 'droning on' that's getting to me too.  3

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..''

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TeamCC [146 posts] 2 years ago
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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

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mpt68 [99 posts] 2 years ago
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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

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timothy [38 posts] 2 years ago
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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.