Tour de France 2014: Yorkshire’s grand départ

Stage one, 190km: Leeds – Harewood – Otley – Ilkley – Skipton – Kettlewell – Aysgarth – Hawes – Reeth – Leyburn – Ripon – Harrogate.

The opening stage of the 101st edition of the Tour will get underway on Saturday July 5 in front of Leeds Town Hall before travelling 190-kilometres towards Harrogate.
Along the route riders will cross the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the Pennines, before reaching Harrogate, where the first maillot jaune of 2014 will be handed out.

Stage two, 200km: York – Knaresborough – Silsden – Keighley – Haworth – Hebden Bridge – Elland – Huddersfield – Holmfirth – Sheffield.

The following day will see the peloton depart from York ahead of a tough 200km ride to Sheffield. With the parcours, in places, resembling the lumpy terrain of Liège-Bastogne-Liège donm’t be surprised to see a tough puncheur such as Phillipe Gilbert or Edvald Boasson hagen prevail.

Stage three: Cambridge – Epping Forest – the Olympic Park – the Mall.

After spending two days in Yorkshire the world’s biggest bike race returns to London after a seven-year wait. The route appears to favour the sprinters which will finish in front of Buckingham Palace after speeding apst many of the capital’s landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.