Tour de France returning to England

Updated: Friday, 14 Dec 2012 11:11

The English county of Yorkshire will host the start of the 2014 Tour de France.

The Grand Depart will return to England for the first time since 2007, when one million people lined the streets of London for the opening prologue.

Tour organisers Amaury Sports Organisation selected Yorkshire ahead of a separate British-wide bid with an Edinburgh start, but that remains in the running for a future date.

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"The Grand Depart of the 101st edition of the Tour will take place on 5 July in Leeds" - TDF Organisers

Leeds and then London will host the race before it heads for France, with full route details to be revealed next month.

The 100th edition of the Tour begins in Corsica on 29 June, 2013.

A statement from ASO read: "The organisers of the Tour de France are pleased to announce that the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014 will take place in the United Kingdom in the county of Yorkshire, before heading to London for a stage finish.

"After an outstanding 2012 for British cycling, marked by the historical victory of Bradley Wiggins on the Tour de France, the United Kingdom will again hold pride of place in 2014.

"The Grand Depart of the 101st edition of the Tour will take place on 5 July in Leeds in the county of Yorkshire.

"Seven years after the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2007 and two years after the latest Olympic Games, London will host the last stage on British soil, before the pack returns to mainland Europe.”

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