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Stage 2 of Le Grand Depart to take in York landmarks

Published Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

City of York Council has today welcomed the unveiling of the official route of stage 2 of the 2014 Le Grand Depart that will run from York to Sheffield.

City of York Council has today welcomed the unveiling of the official route of stage 2 of the 2014 Le Grand Depart that will run from York to Sheffield.

The second stage of Le Grand Depart will roll out from York Racecourse and then take to York’s historic streets. The peloton will ride along some of York’s best known streets and pass landmarks such as The York Minister before the racing starts in earnest when the riders reach the edge of the city.

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.”

The 101st running of Le Tour will start in Leeds on July 5 with a 190km stage taking the riders to the spa town of Harrogate. Stage 2 will start from York with the riders tackling a 200km stage with climbs including Holme Moss on the way to Sheffield.

All five Local Authorities who are hosting a stage start or finish in the UK leg of Le Tour will be present at the announcement in Paris, to reflect the significant civic role in bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire and to represent their cities in front of the 5,000 media expected to be covering the announcement, from around the world. 

York representatives will also be promoting Yorkshire’s commitment to ensuring a cycling legacy – the first such commitment in the history of the event – positioning the region as a great place for safe and inspiring cycling destination. Yorkshire legacy partners aim to improve health, the environment and the economy in Yorkshire; through the promotion and increased use of cycling as a transport mode, as a pastime and for sport.

An official road map of the route can now be seen at www.letouryorkshire.com