The world’s biggest bike race will start in the UK in exactly a month’s time, with Yorkshire set for the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ, and hundreds of thousands of fans will flock to the county to watch Chris Froome and co.
With the Tour’s two key form-finding races, the Criterium du Dauphine – where Chris Froome will bid to repeat last year’s race – and Tour de Suisse, to take place this month, the stage is almost set for what promises to be the ‘Grandest of all Grand Départs’.
And the riders are not the only ones fine-tuning their preparations for the 101st Tour de France, with Welcome to Yorkshire – organisers of the Grand Départ – putting the final touches in place.
Bunting, local beer and five million Yorkshire Tea tea bags from Taylor’s of Harrogate are all on the cards when the Tour rolls out of Leeds on Saturday July 5 for what is set to be a spectacular occassion.
Will you be on the roadside to cheer as the peloton passes, first on stage one from Leeds to Harrogate, then York to Sheffield and finally Cambridge to London? Whether you plan to watch one stage or all three, we’ve found nine of the best viewing points.
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