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Tour de France 2014 UK stages

The 2014 Tour de France begins in the UK on 5th July 2014. Stage one of the 2014 Tour de France (the grand départ 2014) starts at Leeds Town Hall, on the Headrow in Leeds, goes through the Yorkshire Dales, and finishes at the Hotel du Vin, on West Park in Harrogate. Stage two is from the racecourse in York to Sheffield (exact route in Sheffield to be confirmed), then stage three is from Parker's Piece in Cambridge to the Mall in London, taking in the Olympic Park, and other major landmarks.

Tour de France 2014 UK stages: stage 1, Leeds to Harrogate

Bridge over the Wharfe at Kettlewell

The route of Stage One of the 2014 Tour de France, on 5th July 2014, is from Leeds to Harrogate, via the Yorkshire Dales. It's 190.5km, or 119mi. The official distance begins when the racing starts at Harewood, and does not include the section from Leeds, which is a départ fictif, or ceremonial start.

The last 60km of Stage One are mainly flat, and it is expected to end in a bunch sprint in Harrogate

The départ - Leeds to Harewood (ceremonial start)

Leeds Town Hall

Stage One begins outside the Town Hall in Leeds, and picks up the A61, which is urban dual carriageway. The A61 crosses the Leeds Ring Road between Moortown and Moor Allerton, then emerges into the countryside by Alwoodley Gates school, heading for Harewood House. 

Harewood House to Otley (0-8.5km; 0-5mi)

Harewood House

The riders will go in procession to Harewood, where they'll pause in the grounds, to be greeted by a VVIP, and the people attending the Festival of Cycling there. When they exit the grounds of Harewood House, the racing starts, and they'll take a left turn onto the A659, for a flat ride along the river Wharfe, via Pool to Otley

The riders will have to make a sharp right/left dogleg in the centre of Otley, the home town of Lizzie Armitstead, silver medallist in the women's road race at the 2012 London Olympics. She is patron of Otley's thriving cycle club. 

Otley to Ilkley (8.5-17km; 5-11mi)

Ilkely from Ilkley Moor

Read more about Stage One of the Tour de France 2014...

Tour de France 2014 UK stages: stage 2, York to Sheffield

York Minster

The route of Stage Two of the 2014 Tour de France, on 6th July 2014, is from York to Sheffield, via Howarth, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield, and Holmfirth. It's 201km, or 126mi, from the start of the racing outside York. The ceremonial start is at York racecourse.

Stage Two is a real 'up hill and down dale' stage, which is unlikely to result in a bunch sprint. It will probably be more suited to the attackers and climbers. The succession of hills is said to resemble the famous Liege-Bastogne-Liege race.

York to Knaresborough (0-30km; 0-19mi)

Clifford's Tower, York

Stage Two begins at the racecourse in York. The race goes over Skeldergate bridge, past Clifford's Tower then the Minster, and out towards Clifton; then left, over the river Ouse again, and right out of York on the A59.

City walls, Lendal bridge, and Minster, York

The A59 is flat, as it goes past the villages of Poppleton and Green Hammerton, crossing the Nidd in between them. It then takes the riders into Knaresborough, where they cross the Nidd again.

Knaresborough to Bolton Bridge (30-60km; 19-37mi)

Leaving Knaresborough, Stage Two of the Tour de France 2014 continues on the A59, through Starbeck, and up to the Empress roundabout on the edge of Harrogate. The riders won't go into the centre of Harrogate today, but follow the road round to the New Park (or Little Wonder) roundabout, then head out on the A59 Skipton Road. 

They'll climb the gully known as Kex Gill. 

Knab's Ridge turbines

Read more about Stage Two of the Tour de France 2014...

Tour de France 2014 UK stages: timings

The Tour de France organisers have published estimated timings for the first three stages of the Tour de France 2014. There are three scenarios, depending on the average speed of the race. 

Stage one leaves Leeds at 11.10 (ceremonial start), and the race proper, from Harewood House, begins at 12 noon. The riders should arrive at the finish in Harrogate between 16.20 and 16.46. The publicity caravan passes about 2 hours ahead of the race. See the full timings for Stage One, Tour de France 2014.

The average speed on stage two is expected to be lower. It leaves York at 11.00 (ceremonial start), and the race proper begins on the A59 at 11.20. The riders should arrive at the finish in Sheffield between 16.14 and 16.46. See the full timings for Stage Two, Tour de France 2014.

Tour de France 2014 UK stages: news

22nd April 2014: Up to 5 million people expected to watch the Tour de France in the UK - Sir Rodney Walker

20th April 2014: Ilkley Tour de France preparation group meeting...

19th April 2014: Cav to miss the Giro d' Italia

19th April 2014: Alistair Griffin's official Grand Départ song - hear an excerpt...

11th April 2014: Tour de France artwork in Harrogate...

8th April 2014: Barry Hoban predicts Stage 1 will blow the field to smithereens...

5th April 2014: the Grand Departs, a piano being pulled up Cragg Vale, took place today...

5th April 2014: Our comments on the new Yorkshire Tour de France legacy strategy document...

30th March 2014: Boardman: opportunity for a Tour legacy could be missed...

28th March 2014: Official spectator hubs announced...

24th March 2014: 12,000 Tour Makers selected...

22nd March 2014: TDF Hub 2014 Ltd's second readiness report published...

21st March 2014: Masham's Tour de France plans...

17th March 2014: BBC Look North presenters riding the Yorkshire Tour route...

1st March 2014: Gary Verity interview with road.cc...

1st March 2014: 101 decorated bicycles for Harrogate...

15th February 2014: Wiggins to ride the 2014 Tour...

2nd February 2014: Yorkshire Festival programme...

1st February 2014: Cavendish tells the Independent his whole year is about Harrogate...

29th January 2014: Plans for Harrogate town centre on the day of Stage 1 include public grandstands near the war memorial...

27th January 2014: 20,000 free tickets to watch the start of Stage 2 at York races gone in hours...

24th January 2014: Details of the road closures in North Yorks planned for the Tour...

19th January 2014: Yorkshire Tour Maker positions over-subscribed...

18th January 2014: Yorkshire Festival to be launched in Harrogate with Tour de France event...

11th January 2014: Harrogate BC to create a Tour de France garden for the Spring Flower Show...

9th January 2014: Yorkshire to host 3-day race from May 2015...

21st December 2013: Tour de France sculpture competition winner...

14th December 2013: 10,000 Tour Maker volunteers sought...

29th November 2013: Consultation on a suspension of Harrogate Stray Act for the Tour...

7th November 2013: Tickets for Harewood Cycling Festival go on sale, & events announced...

5th November 2013: Tour de France tree sculpture in Harrogate...

23rd October 2013: Route of Stage 1 to be permanently signposted...

23rd October 2013: Route of the whole Tour de France 2014 announced in Paris...

Read all the latest news of the UK stages of the Tour de France 2014...

Tour de France 2014 UK stages: route videos for Stages 1 & 2

We have videos the route of Stages 1 & 2 of the Tour de France 2014. They show the roads the riders will take, the countryside, landmarks, and attractions along the way, and cyclists riding the Tour de France route.

Stage One:

Stage Two: 

Tour de France 2014 UK stages: where to stay

Crown Hotel, Harrogate

Where to stay during the Tour de France: hotels

Many of the hotels along the route of the Tour de France 2014 in the UK were already booked up in August 2013, according to a report in This is Money. They also found rates at some hotels three times higher during the weekend of the race than just before or after. 

At the start of February 2014, the Harrogate Advertiser found that most of the hotels in the town were sold out, and had waiting lists. They found three hotels with availability - the Nidd House (or did they mean Hall?) Hotel, the Cairn Hotel, and the Travelodge.

Where to stay during the Tour de France: camping

Camping is popular with cycling fans. There are permanent campsites near the route of the Tour, and there will be pop-up campsites just for the race.

For example, the Great Yorkshire Showground has obtained planning permission for a caravan and camp site, in time for the Tour de France (and continuing afterwards, on the basis that Harrogate wishes to be a major events town, and so needs all types of accommodation for visitors). See this report in the Harrogate Advertiser.

There'll be pop-up campsites at Harrogate Rugby Club, Spofforth Cricket Club, and on four National Trust properties, plus many more locations.

Read more about where to stay during the Tour de France 2014...

Tour de France 2014 UK stages: watching the race

The race will be preceeded by a publicity caravan of 180 vehicles (giving out free goodies), which will be 20km long, and take 45 minutes to pass by. The caravan sets off 2 hours before the riders. See the timings for Stage One of the 2014 Tour and the timings for Stage Two of the 2014 Tour.

We have ideas about where to watch Stage One, and where to watch Stage Two, including information on the spectator hubs.

Stage One starts in Leeds, and amongst the places to watch the Tour in Leeds are the grandstands on The Headrow, and a spectator area and big screen on Scott Hall Playing Fields.

Harewood House is on the route of Stage One (after the départ fictif in Leeds, and just before the real racing gets going), with the race scheduled to call in and pause there - a brilliant opportunity to see the riders. Those attending the Festival of Cycling at Harewood, will be able to watch the race on big screens, or join a led ride to a good vantage point to see the race. As well as the led rides, they have various other participation events, such as a time trial, and a family fun ride - both on closed roads within Harewood.

There are three categorised climbs on Stage One, all in the Yorkshire Dales - Cote de Cray, Cote de Buttertubs, and Cote de Grinton Moor. These are sure to be packed with spectators.

Stage One finishes in Harrogate, on West Park. One side of West Park will be out of bounds - reserved for the race organisers and TV crews. The other side, though, by the war memorial, will be a viewing area for the public, with grandstands erected by Welcome to Yorkshire. There'll be big screens, too - one down at the Crescent Gardens, and the other on West Park Stray. Read about the best places to watch the Tour de France in Harrogate, and see a map.

There'll be big crowds in York, for the start of Stage Two. Lots of people will gather in the towns along the way, including Knaresborough, Addingham, Keighley, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield, Holmfirth. The climbs will be popular, too, including Holme Moss, the climb out of Oughtibridge to Grenoside on the outskirts of Sheffield, and the climb of Jenkin Road near the finish. There's a spectator hub at Don Valley Grass Bowl, near the finish line in Sheffield.

When planning where to watch the race, bear in mind that the roads on the race route will be closed for a minimum of eight hours on the day of the race, in North Yorkshire at least. So far as possible, roads crossing the race route will be kept open for as long as possible, but there may be restrictions. See details of the road closures in North Yorks for the Tour de France.

Tour de France 2014 UK stages: Tour de France in Harrogate

Royal Baths Harrogate

Harrogate, which hosts the finish of Stage One of the 2014 Tour de France, and sees the riders return in the early stages of Stage Two. We have all the latest news on the Tour de France in Harrogate, including the arrangements for people to see the finish of Stage 1.

We also have a section on the preparations by Harrogate Borough Council, which has produced a series of Tour de France leaflets to help and advise people on various aspects of the Tour de France, including pop-up campsites, and renting out a house, or setting up a B&B. 

For example, in its campsites leaflet, the Council advises that no planning permission is required for a temporary (not more than 28 days) site in an open field. Temporary car parks are possible without permission in certain circumstances, but the Tour de France organisers ask that charges don't exceed the equivalent of €10 per day. The house rental and B&B leaflet says there are no council rules preventing renting out your house, and B&Bs for up to six guests do not normally require permission. Community parties are possible on fields and village greens, but will require permission to take place on the public road.

There's information, too, on where to stay in Harrogate during the Tour de France.

Read more about the Tour de France in Harrogate...

Tour de France 2014 UK stages: Tour de France in Ilkley

Cow & Calf pub, Ilkley

The Tour passes through Ilkley on Stage 1, and Stage 2 takes in Addingham, just a short distance away. There is great enthusiasm for cycling in Ilkley, which has a thriving cycling club, and the town is determined to make the most of the Tour de France. 

There'll be big screens, pop-up campsites, town centre races a few days before the Tour, and an Ilkley TDF Festival Week, with lots of events. Read about the Tour de France in Ilkley...

Tour de France 2014 UK Stages: Tour de France in Ripon

Ripon Cathedral

Ripon is planning a series of events in the build-up to the Tour, including a talk at Ripon Cathedral by Graeme Obree, the 'Flying Scotsman.' There'll be pop-up campsites for the race itself, including at Ripon Racecourse and Ripon Rugby Club. A week after the Tour, local cyclists have the opportunity to ride much of the route of Stage 1, on the Ripon Tour Sportive. Read about the Tour de France in Ripon...

Tour de France 2014 UK stages: Yorkshire Tour de France legacy

The hosting of the Tour de France should lead to a cycling legacy for the Yorkshire & Humber region. Welcome to Yorkshire has set up a Cycle Yorkshire website, outlining plans to promote and develop cycling in the region, as part of a legacy from the race. Read more about the Yorkshire Tour de France legacy...

Tour de France 2014 UK stages: successful Yorkshire Tour de France bid

The success of Welcome to Yorkshire's bid to host the Tour was announced on 14th December 2012. Their case had been helped by a promotional film, to highlight the beauty of the Yorkshire countryside, and by Mark Cavendish's backing. (His uncle, Russell Davidson, lives in Harrogate, and was part of the Yorkshire delegation that travelled to Paris). 

When the Tour de France team visited Yorkshire, they were taken by helicopter to the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, and they landed at Harewood House, where Simon Guellor, chef of the Box Tree restaurant in Ilkely, prepared Yorkshire lamb for them. 

Harewood Houe   Box Tree restaurant, Ilkely

Details of the route were announced at a press conference on 17th January 2013, given by Keith Wakefield of Leeds City Council, Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire, and Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France. After the press conference, an event was held outside the town hall, called La Nuit du Tour.

In an interview on the Le Tour Yorkshire website, Christian Prudhomme said, 'I was struck by the beauty of Yorkshire and difference between it in summer and winter as well as the contrast between what a great city Leeds is and the beautiful countryside which is only a few kilometres away.' He believes the route in Yorkshire will be visually stunning and technically challenging. He was also stuck by the desire of the people of Yorkshire to welcome the Tour. 'There is a real desire, there is everything you need (sites, cities, places, infrastructure) to make the Grand Départ an incredible time.'

Thierry Gouvenou, the Sports Director of the Tour de France, was responsible for choosing the route of the race. He said, 'The topography of Yorkshire offers a very diverse terrain with its plains and hills, and allowed us to offer the cyclists two different stages. I can tell you that it will be a very difficult Grand Depart...'

Tour de France 2014 UK stages: Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions asked about the UK stages of the Tour de France 2014.

How many people are expected to watch the UK stages of the Tour de France?

Around 880,000 people will watch Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2014, and it is anticipated that there will be 1,020,000 spectators along the route of Stage 2. (Source: report in the Harrogate Advertiser). North Yorkshire County Council predict up to 1 million spectators in the county over the weekend of 5th & 6th July 2014. It is impossible to come up with exact figures in advance. At the presentation of the Tour de France 2014 on 23rd October 2013, Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire said he expected more than a million people to watch the two Yorkshire stages. 'I would think that would be the minimum - probably closer to two million, that will depend on the weather.'

A more recent estimate was given by the chair of TDF Hub 2014 Ltd. At the end of April 2014, Sir Rodney Walker said that for the three UK stages of the Tour, '...we might have to manage up to four and five million spectators...'

Where are the spectator hubs for the Tour de France 2014 (UK stages)?

There will be spectator hubs in Harrogate, Knaresborough, Masham, and Ripon. Harewood House is running a Festival of Cycling weekend, from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July 2014, and the race is due to call in and pause there on Saturday 5th July. There are sure to be others too - we'll update this information when we know more.

What time does Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2014 start?

The ceremonial start in Leeds is at 11.10am on Saturday 5th July 2014. The racing begins at 12 noon, from Harewood. See all the timings for Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2014.

What time does Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2014 arrive in Harrogate?

There are three scenarios, based on different average speeds. Stage 1 is scheduled to enter Harrogate between 4.17pm and 4.42pm on Saturday 5th July 2014, and get to the finish line between 4.20pm and 4.46pm. See all the timings for Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2014.

What time does Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2014 start?

The ceremonial start in York is at 11.00am on Sunday 6th July 2014. The racing begins on the A59 just outside York at 11.20am. See all the timings for Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2014.

What time does Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2014 arrive in Sheffield?

There are three scenarios, based on different average speeds. Stage 2 is scheduled to finish in Sheffield between 4.14pm and 4.46pm. See all the timings for Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2014.

Where's the nearest place to Manchester to watch the Tour de France 2014?

Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2014 goes quite close to Manchester. To the NE of Manchester, the race goes along the side of Blackstone Edge reservoir (take the A58 via Littleborough to get there). It also goes through Holmfirth, and climbs Holme Moss, before going past the Woodhead reservoir. Take the A635 over Saddleworth Moor to Holmfirth; or the A628 to the Woodhead reservoir. Stage 2 finishes in Sheffield.

Holme Moss

Who set the route of the Yorkshire stages of the Tour de France?

Thierry Gouvenou, a former professional cyclist, who has completed seven Tours de France, was the traceur who set the route of the two days of racing in Yorkshire.