London to welcome 2014 Tour de France

17th Jan 2013
London to welcome 2014 Tour de France

Officials from the 2014 Tour de France have confirmed a London-based stage will visit the 2012 London Olympic Park next year.

The stage will be in addition to two already announced stages in Yorkshire.

Leeds will host the Grand Depart on July 5th, with that stage taking in the Yorkshire Dales before finishing in Harrogate.

Stage two of the 101st Tour starts in York, passing through Keighley and Huddersfield on the way to Sheffield.

A final UK stage will feature the London 2012 Olympic Park before ending on the Mall.

The race last visited the UK in 2007, when London hosted the prologue and the opening stage.

“Since the resounding success of the Grand Depart in London in 2007, we were very keen to return to the United Kingdom,” said Tour director Christian Prudhomme.

The profile of British cycling has been raised significantly in France after Team Sky rider Bradley Wiggins because the first UK cyclist to win the race last year.

Next year will be the fourth time the Tour has visited Britain after previous visits in 1974 and 1994.

Yorkshire beat off the challenge of bids from Florence and Edinburgh to host the prestigious event.

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