New figures from VisitBritain have revealed the north England county of Yorkshire saw significant benefits from hosting the Tour de France in 2014. Some 2.5 million sports fans turned out to watch the Grand Départ of the world’s biggest bike race in July last year. VisitEngland added tourists had spent £380 million in Yorkshire in the 12 months to June.
As spectators continue to make their way home, the rail industry in Yorkshire is paying tribute to the thousands of passengers who used rail services this weekend for their patience and good humour. Dozens of longer and more frequent trains have run around the region this weekend as the Tour de France Grand Depart took place.
As many as 2.5 million people have lined the route of the Tour de France as the annual event gets underway in the UK. Millions watched the spectacle as the race wend its way through Yorkshire over two stages this weekend, with many more expected to greet the race’s arrival in London today.
As Chris Froome wakes up this morning, perhaps with a sore head, attention is already turning to the 101st edition of the Tour de France, which will begin next year in Yorkshire. The English county campaigned tirelessly for a number of years for the honour of hosting the Grand Départ, with hundreds of the world’s best cyclists expected to take their places on the starting line on July 5th next year.
From June 29th-July 21st the riders of the Tour de France will take centre stage for the 100th edition of the race. In the meantime, supporters, lovers and on-and-off fans will be able to quench their thirst for the event with several events held in the cities and regions which will host the race in July.
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.
Officials at the Tour de France have confirmed the 100th anniversary of the event will remain exclusively on French soil. Taking place from June 29th–July 21st 2013, the event will be a key staging post as the sport of cycling attempts to fight back from the Lance Armstrong scandal.
Defending champion Alberto Contador has continued to court controversy as the annual Tour De France begins. Competing while under investigation for alleged doping, Contador argued it would be “completely ridiculous” to allow him to compete and later strip him of a potential title.