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Latest updates as streets revealed where Le Tour will pass by
Updated 8:41am Thursday 14th November 2013 in News
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.@chrisfroome "I was bowled over at the support we had in France so I can only imagine what it is going to be like over in Yorkshire" #TDF— @letouryorkshire 23 October 2013
RT @letour: Yorkshire + cobblestones + 6 mountain stages + 1 time-trial = @letour 2014! Watch out the official 3D video > http://t.co/0OZ6N…— @GaryVerity 23 October 2013
.@GaryVerity: "The riders will, be encouraged and applauded by millions of fans. They will discover landscapes of unexpected beauty." #TDF— @letour 23 October 2013
Wow!wont have to go very far to watch the Tour de France next year it's going straight past our door!— @CFisheries 23 October 2013
@HaworthCalendar Rumours abated now the route is formally released and it will go past Haworth Station 😀— @WorthValley 23 October 2013
RT @worththetour: Hello Paris! Bonjour Yorkshire! New BFs : ) via @Welcome2Yorks #Worththetour http://t.co/Z9lfS7Y7YC— @HaworthCalendar 23 October 2013
The Bronte sisters are riding their bikes down Haworth Main street ...... #Haworth #TDF #Bronte https://t.co/94BzbAQ2p4— @vILLAGEiDIOT23 23 October 2013
Confirmation that the 2014 Tour de France will pass through the Keighley and Ilkley parliamentary constituency during its two Yorkshire stages has been hailed as “magnificent news” by the local Conservative MP, Kris Hopkins.
This morning in Paris it was announced that the first stage, on Saturday July 5, will see the riders race along a 120 mile route from Leeds to Harrogate via Ilkley.
The second stage, on Sunday July 6, will span 125 miles from York to Sheffield through Silsden, Keighley, Haworth and Oxenhope.
Speaking from Westminster, Mr Hopkins said: “It truly is magnificent news that next year’s Tour will pass through Keighley, Ilkley, Silsden, Haworth and Oxenhope over the course of its two days in Yorkshire.
“Local preparations are already well underway to ensure that this probably once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show off all that is best about our part of the world to a massive global television audience is grabbed with both hands.
“The economic benefits, through increased tourism and other related spend, are potentially hugely significant.
“And there are many other positives to be gained, including the chance for neighbouring communities to work together. It can also act as a catalyst to encourage local people – young and old – to get active.
“Exciting times most certainly lie ahead.”
Bonjour @letour! A wet but enthusiastic Welcome from Stanbury Village School,West #Yorkshire #tdf2014 #worththetour http://t.co/Htt77lRiCK— @worththetour 23 October 2013
Pleased to confirm 'officially' that @letour Grand Depart route includes #Haworth Main St, cobbles en all! #tdf2014 http://t.co/6dihghxC9L— @worththetour 23 October 2013
A detailed map of the Tour de France Grand Depart route has now been released, which shows all the streets which the cyclists will race along next summer. Keighley district’s involvement in Stage Two of the Grand Depart will begin when the riders enter Silsden from the direction of Addingham. Below is a list of all the local roads which will form part of the route on July 6 2014.
1) A6034 Bolton Road (Silsden)
2) A6034 Keighley Road
4) Hard Ings Road (Keighley)
5) Skipton Road
6) North Street
7) High Street
8) Bridge Street
9) South Street
10) Halifax Road
11) Haworth Road (Cross Roads)
12) Lees Lane
13) Mill Hey (Haworth)
14) Station Road
15) Bridgehouse Lane
16) Main Street
17) West Lane
18) Sun Lane (towards Stanbury)
19) Reservoir Road
20) Moor Side Lane
21) Shaw Lane (Oxenhope)
22) Hebden Bridge Road
The route of @letour was launched in Paris today including details of where the route comes through the #Bradford District. @letouryorkshire— @Bradfordmdc 23 October 2013
Le Tour de France is going up Haworth Main Street and along Changegate!!!!!!!— @Brontemedia 23 October 2013
#TDF Will be going up #Haworth Main St. Full route: http://t.co/XlCxBJ6ts1— @HaworthVillage 23 October 2013
Lots of other Tour stories in tomorrow's Keighley News, including Worth the Tour's please for... a helicopter!
Also Welcome to Yorkshire plea to ditch Yorkshire's white rose for a yellow one next year. Controversial! what do you think? Let us know your thoughts.
Yorkshire stole the show in Paris today at the official launch of 2014 Tour de France.
As part of the ceremony, Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, formally presented the county to nearly 5,000 journalists from all over the world as proud hosts of the Grand Départ and revealed three new announcements to celebrate the visit of the world’s greatest cycling race.
• The route of Stage One will start to be permanently waymarked with new signage so cyclists and motorists can follow the routes of the Grand Départ for years to come (image attached).
• Plans are underway to host an official Grand Départ sportive and to attract more international cycle races to Yorkshire.
• A new version of the official Grand Départ website – www.letouryorkshire.com – has also been launched with interactive maps of the two Stages showing the routes in greater detail.
A delegation from Yorkshire attended the ceremony including some of the county’s cycling heroes – Brian Robinson, Barry Hoban, Dean and Russell Downing – and 10 students from Carr Manor Community School in Leeds who attended as guests of the race organisers the Amaury Sport Organisation, wearing T-shirts spelling out ‘Yorkshire!’. East Coast Trains and Eurostar helped transport the children from Leeds to Paris for a once in a lifetime experience to learn more about one of the biggest sporting events in the world and experience French culture first hand.
Gary Verity said: “It was an honour to be able to represent Yorkshire at the presentation today and to showcase our proud county. Yorkshire’s will be the greatest Grand Départ in the history of the Tour de France. We will raise the bar for all future hosts with our Cultural Festival 100 days before the race, two stunning stages and a legacy that leaves a cycling imprint on the county which lasts for generations. The Grand Départ will put Yorkshire on the map as a destination capable of hosting world class events in a world class location, providing a springboard to greater things. We are excited, we are proud and we are ready to welcome the world.”
Christian Prudhomme, director of Le Tour, said: “We are excited to take Le Tour back to Britain again. I know the Grand Départ in Yorkshire will be visually stunning and technically challenging and the third stage from the cycling city of Cambridge to the historic heart of London will provide a fitting finale. The British cycling fans are passionate people and I am sure they will line the routes of the three stages cheering the teams and riders all the way from Yorkshire to London, providing an unforgettable start to the 2014 Tour.”
Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor, said: "The Tour de France Grand Départ will be the biggest event hosted in Leeds and Yorkshire in living memory. You can sense the anticipation level rising by the day as people start planning where they will watch from to be able to say 'I was there' at this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"This is an unrivalled opportunity not only to raise the profile of Leeds and Yorkshire to new heights, but also to inspire people of all ages to get on bikes and create a lasting legacy that is fitting for such a sporting phenomenon. This journey has already started and I'm so pleased that a group of young people representing Leeds have been able to share today's excitement and sample a flavour of what is yet to come."
The first phase of new waymarked signs are being installed by North Yorkshire County Council along the route of Stage One. Approximately 50 will be used to guide people around the route with most of new signs in place by early 2014. Early plans are being drawn up for a sportive which would see cyclists riding the route of the Grand Départ in the weeks before the professional peloton. There are also plans to use the visit of the Tour de France as a catalyst to attract more international cycle races to Yorkshire as part of the Grand Départ Legacy programme.
Welcome to Yorkshire led the winning bid to bring the Grand Départ to the county. The Grand Départ of the Tour de France takes place in Yorkshire on the weekend of the 5th and the 6th July. The first stage races from Leeds to Harrogate via the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the second stage races from York to Sheffield via Pennine Yorkshire.
More details about the Grand Départ are available online at www.letouryorkshire.com – a third stage takes place on the 7th July racing from Cambridge to London.
RT @letour Stage 2 - There will be 9 climbs, including the Holme Moss one. #TDF #TDF2014— @Eurosport 23 October 2013
"Yorkshire won us over with its beautiful landscapes and quality of terrain for cyclists." Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme #TDF— @Yorkshire_2014 23 October 2013
.@marcelkittel asked which his favourite stage is? Stage One, Leeds-Harrogate, was his answer! #TDFyorkshire #YellowJersey— @letouryorkshire 23 October 2013
.@MarkCavendish "@GaryVerity and his team did an incredible job" - Can't wait to see you in Yorkshire, Mark. #TDFyorkshire— @letouryorkshire 23 October 2013
RT @tweetingtwite: #TDF Stage 2: #SouthPennines http://t.co/TcOIhttKYr Passing outside the office - can't wait!— @SouthPennines 23 October 2013
The rest of the route is pretty much as we reported. Through Silsden and Steeton, round the A650 roundabout and int Skipton Road/North Street before heading off to Haworth, Stanbury and the outskirts of Oxenhope.
What do you think? Let us know your thoughts.
How do you feel, Haworth residents? Isn't that stunning! What a spectacle to see the world's best cyclists bombing down Main Street. Just hope they don't end up in a shop window!
Here's the big news... the Grand Depart WILL go down Main Street's cobbles. That's going to be a bone-shaker, particularly as defending champ Chris Froome has gone on record this week saying he's worried about cobblestone sections of the race.
Full story is in tomorrow's Keighley News, with a great shot of the Oxenhope Hollywood-style sign welcoming Le Tour to town.
Where will you be watching the Gradn Depart next year? Tell us your top viewing spot!
.@GaryVerity: "For those of you who do not know Yorkshire and its wide open spaces, it will be a real eye opener." #TDF— @letour 23 October 2013
.@GaryVerity: "It is an honour for me to stand here before you, representing Yorkshire. We are proud to host with you le Grand Départ." #TDF— @letour 23 October 2013
Here is the @letouryorkshire "Grand Départ 2014 - Made in Yorkshire" film. We hope you enjoy. http://t.co/LuiYF0IwaJ #TDFyorkshire— @letouryorkshire 23 October 2013
We're getting in the mood for Le Grand Depart at Bronte Radio. Join us under the Eiffel Tower (or Tour!) with music http://t.co/OIXzrCbZAv— @Brontemedia 23 October 2013
RT @letouryorkshire: "Grand Départ 2014 Made in Yorkshire" film. #Keighley proud to support #TDFyorkshire http://t.co/cB9EPW62rZ— @keighleyforward 23 October 2013
Stage One of @letouryorkshire will be permanently waymarked with new signage so you can follow the routes #TDF http://t.co/eCDkSLkX9B— @letouryorkshire 23 October 2013
RT @creativesheff: RT @GaryVerity: Less than 1 hrto go to #TDF 2014 tour presentation ! @letour @letourYorkshire . Lots of interest in #Yor…— @Yorkshire_2014 23 October 2013
French pronunciation having one minor but vital last minute amend ! #phew— @GaryVerity 23 October 2013
The final route of the Yorkshire Grand Départ of Tour de France 2014 is revealed today. Exciting times. Will it go past your house?— @Yorkshire_2014 23 October 2013
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