The Tour de France, one of the most iconic sporting spectacles in the world, is coming to Leeds in 2014. It is the largest and most watched annual sporting event in the world, watched by a television audience of over 3 billion in almost 200 countries.
The Grand Départ, the start of the race, will take place in front of Leeds Art Gallery on Saturday 5 July. The riders will then cycle 190 km to Harewood House and race to Otley and Ilkley before heading through the Yorkshire Dales to the finish in Harrogate.
Stage 2 will take place on Sunday 6 July from York to Sheffield.
Stage 3 will take place on Monday 7 July from Cambridge to London before the Tour heads for 18 further days of racing culminating in the final stage in Paris on 27 July.
3 million people are expected to line the route to watch the 2014 Tour whilst it is in the UK. This compares to an average of 400,000 spectators for each stage in France and 500,000 spectators for last year’s Olympic Road Race for men.
Finally, for a flavour of what we can expect to see next year visit http://letour.yorkshire.com and http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2014 and watch the following video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94UA26am-Ic
For further information from the Leeds council see http://www.leeds.gov.uk/granddepartleeds