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Tour de France 2014 presentation 23rd October 2013

11.37 That's it, they're wrapping up the presentation. We'll have a better look at the stages, and see where the highlights are likely to be. There should also be new maps for the UK stages.

11.35 They're presenting the riders who did well last year. Froome, Cav, Costa...

11.32 Now there's info about the the jerseys. Double mountain points at the summit finishes, he says. Now a jolly fun film of the best riders from 2013 showing their lighter side. Is it a good idea to include Froome in this? Is he funny? They were imitating their directeur sportifs, I think. A bit of an insiders' joke maybe.

11.30 CP is into summarising mode now. He says the stage to Sheffield will be a critical one. They visit 3 mountain ranges - Vosges, Alps, and Pyrenees, and there are 5 mountain finishes. (Holme Moss doesn't appear to be counted as a mountain range). One time trial only, the day before the last stage. The race will visit 34 French departments, and 3 foreign countries - GB, Belgium and Spain.

11.29 Stage 21 Every to Paris Champs Elysées. There will be an agreement with the authorities who look after national monuments, so they can do the same as last year with the Arc de Triomphe. They did a sound and light show on the evening after the Tour finished, with the colours of the Tour de France projected onto the Arc. 

11.28 The next stage finishes at Bergerac, and there's a time trial from Bergerac to Périgueux the following day. 

11.27 Stage 18, Pau to Hautacam, is the last big mountain stage. This is the stage which wil be used for the Etape du Tour. British riders are the biggest foreign contingent of participants in the Etape du Tour, says CP.

11.24 We've now got an homage to a French commentator, with a film. Everyone's got a film today! Daniel Mangeas, who is there in the room.

11.23 40km of climbing at over 7% in Stage 17, and a quick visit to Spain, finishing at St Lary. They're showing us a film of Raymond Poulidor.

11.22 Carcassonne will be the place for the 2nd rest day of the Tour. The next day, they'll go to Bagneres de Luchon.

11.21 Stage 15 is Tallard to Nimes, via Sisteron and St Remy de Provence.

11.20 We're told Quintana made his name in the Tour de l' Avenir at Risoul, as a very young rider.

11.20 Stage 14 Grenoble to Risoul, takes the riders into the Southern Alps.

11.18 Stage 13 is St Etienne to Chamrousse, which takes in Grenoble, and arrives in Chamrousse, which has an 18km climb to the finish.

11.17 14th July in the Vosges - a day with seven categorised climbs, and a finish at La Planche des Belles Filles. Sounds like a tough stage. This is where Froome won his first stage of the TDF last year, says CP, greeted by silence.

11.16 The 8th Stage Tomblaine-Gerardmer has a couple of steep climbs near the finish. 

11.15 Epernay-Nancy has a short punchy climb not far from the finish.

11.12 We're on to Stage 5 already. From Ypres, it will take in cobbles that are used on the Paris-Roubaix race. We're getting a video of kids on the cobbles. The kids don't find the cobbles very easy. The cobbles are called 'pavés' in French. They are showing the careful renovation of the cobbles, which the lcoals want to keep. They attract tourists.

11.09 The TDF will be in Leeds from 2nd July 2014, and the presentation of the riders will be on 3rd July in the Leeds Arena.

CP attempts a joke. He tells the anecdote about Eric Cantona, who said of the women of Leeds, 'I love you, I don't know why, but I love you.'

Harewood House will be the real start of the 1st stage. Harrogate will be the finish, and it should be a sprinter's stage. York to Sheffield will be a tough stage.

11.05 Here we go with Christian P and the route of the 2014 TDF. Stage one Leeds to Harrogate, as we knew. Stage 2 York to Sheffield, and Stage 3 Cambridge to London.

Stage 4 is Le Touquet to Lille, and 5 Ypres to Arenbourg. 6 Arras to Reims, 7 Epernay to Nancy, 8 Tomblaine to Gerardmer, 9 Gerardmer to Mulhouse, 10 Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles. I'm struggling to keep up now. 

There's mountain top finish at Chamrousse, a finish at Nimes and a start at Carcassonne in between the Alps and the Pyrenees. A fair bit in the Pyrenees then the race heads towards Bergerac, then Paris.

This is the full list:

  • Stage 1 Leeds to Harrogate
  • Stage 2 York to Sheffield 
  • Stage 3 Cambridge to London
  • Stage 4 Le Touquet Paris-Plage to Lille
  • Stage 5 Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainault
  • Stage 6 Arras to Reims
  • Stage 7 Epernay to Nancy
  • Stage 8 Tomblaine to Gérardmer
  • Stage 9 Gérardmer to Mulhouse
  • Stage 10 Mulhouse to Planche des Belles Filles
  • rest day at Besancon
  • Stage 11 Besancon to Oyonnax
  • Stage 12 Bourg-en-Bresse to St-Etienne
  • Stage 13 St-Etienne to Chamrousse
  • Stage 14 Grenoble to Risoul
  • Stage 15 Tallard to Nimes
  • rest day at Carcassonne
  • Stage 16 Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon
  • Stage 17 Saint-Gaudens to St-Lary-Soulan
  • Stage 18 Pau to Hautacam
  • Stage 19 Maubourguet Val d' Adour to Bergerac
  • Stage 20 Bergerac to Périgueux (time trial)
  • Evry to Paris

11.02 I think they've interspliced the Welcome to Yorkshire film (on our Tour de France page) with some extra shots of cyclists on the route. Was that the cobbles of Haworth I just saw? Same music as the Welcome to Yorkshire film. There's some applause for the video.

11.00 Gary is telling everyone about some of the famous Yorkshire cyclists besides Cav - Lizzie Armitstead, the Downing brothers, Malcolm Elliott, and Brian Robinson, amongst others. Now we've got a video of Yorkshire cyclists.

10.58 OOH this is good. Gary Verity speaking French. Oh la la. It's a brave, brave effort. It doesn't sound 100% natural, and I don't think he's written the speech himself. I'm picturing hours of practice, with a coach, to get it to this level. He tells everyone that Yorkshire's countryside is very beautiful, perhaps the most beautiful in the world.

10.56 Mr Prudhomme says Yorkshire impressed them with its countryside, and variable terrain. Plus Cav wanted the Tour to go there.

10.54 Now we've got a presentation from Christian Prudhomme, with the route of the TDF 2014. He says that the last time the TDF went to England was to London in 2007. They didn't expect to go back to England so soon, but British cycling has come so far so fast, they felt they had to.

10.49 The readers of L' Equipe don't share Mr Amaury's enthusiasm for spreading the joys of the TDF beyond the borders of France. Midi26 tells us, 'It's annoying - the Tour de France should stay in France, full stop. It's not the Tour of England, so it has no business going there.'

10.47 He explains that the TDF reaches beyond the boundaries of France. It will start in Engand in 2014, where high-level and everyday cycling are experiencing a big increase. 

He congratulates Brian Cookson on his election as President of the UCI.

10.44 Jean-Etienne Amaury is now giving us a speech. He's from Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), the organiser of the Tour de France. He says the 2013 edition was very popular. He says the success of the Tour de France comes from the combination of sporting excellence and French countryside. The 2013 TDF was very French, as it was the 100th edition. The 101st edition will be different.

10.33 Here we go with the Tour de France presentation from Paris. We're watching a video with some of the moments from the 2013 edition.

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