York Route for Tour de France Revealed
12:02pm 23rd October 2013
(Updated 12:29pm 23rd October 2013)
The official route of stage 2 of the 2014 Le Grand Depart that will run from York to Sheffield has been unveiled.
The second stage of Le Grand Depart will begin at York Racecourse and then in York’s historic streets. The Grand Depart will start at York Race Course go up Bishopthorpe Road, through town, passing Cliffords Tower and the Minster. It will then head out of York on Bootham and Water End and Boroughbridge Road then along the A59 to Harogate.
The peloton will ride along some of York’s best known streets and pass landmarks including York Minister before the racing starts when the riders reach the edge of the city.
An official road map of the route can now be seen at http://letour.yorkshire.com/stage-2
The 101st running of Le Tour will start in Leeds on July 5 with a 190km stage taking the riders to Harrogate. Stage 2 will start from York with the riders tackling a 200km stage with climbs including Holme Moss on the way to Sheffield.
Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “It is a great honour for York to host the start of stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France. I am delighted that the route will take in the city's heritage by passing some of York's most famous landmarks, such as The Minster and Clifford’s Tower. With Le Tour being shown in 188 countries to 3.5 billion people, York will truly be seen on a global stage.”
Kersten England, City of York Council Chief Executive and regional legacy lead, said: “The Tour de France is the world’s biggest sporting event and to have it come to York gives York and the wider region a great chance to create a lasting legacy. We are already starting to see the effect that Le Grand Depart is having in York and the rest of Yorkshire.
“I hope that even more people will be inspired by seeing the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome competing in the world’s biggest annual sporting event on the same roads that they could be cycling along.”
Christian Prudhomme, director of Le Tour, said: “We are excited to take Le Tour back to Britain again. I know the Grand Départ in Yorkshire will be visually stunning and technically challenging and the third stage from the cycling city of Cambridge to the historic heart of London will provide a fitting finale. The British cycling fans are passionate people and I am sure they will line the routes of the three stages cheering the teams and riders all the way from Yorkshire to London, providing an unforgettable start to the 2014 Tour.”
All five councils who are hosting a stage start or finish in the UK leg of Le Tour have been at the announcement in Paris, they say to reflect their role in bringing the Tour to Yorkshire and to represent their cities to the 5,000 international journalists covering the announcement.
Tracey Simpson-Laing and Sally Burns from York Council are in Paris, which has cost the city council £1,000 in travel expenses and for an overnight hotel stay. The council says there are there to promote Yorkshire’s commitment to ensuring a cycling legacy. The Yorkshire cycling legacy aims to improve health, the environment and the economy; through the promotion and increased use of cycling to get about, as a hobby and for sport.
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