Yorkshire will host the Grand Départ of this year’s Tour de France. Stage one on Saturday, July 5 starts in Leeds and ends in Harrogate, while the second stage gets under way in York and finishes in Sheffield on Sunday, July 6.

600 North Yorkshire roads to close during Tour de France

York Press: Tour de France sculpture created at opening stage finishing line

8:45am Saturday 19th April 2014

A REPORT has announced that up to 600 roads will be closed across North Yorkshire during this year’s Tour de France.

Kimberley Walsh and Alistair Griffin record Tour anthem

York Press: Songwriter Alistair Griffin and Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh record the video for the official Tour de France Grand Depart song, which is titled The Road

8:09am Friday 18th April 2014

GIRLS Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh, Fame Academy contestant Alistair Griffin and a brass band immortalised by a movie have joined forces to record an anthem for Yorkshire’s Tour de France Grand Départ.

Tour de France sculptures created for garden celebrating the Grand Départ

York Press: Metal Sculptor Graham Anderton's life  size metal cycles which will be on display at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show  (24th -27th 2014) celebrating the Yorkshire Grand Depart    Picture Frank Dwyer (5441436)

9:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A GARDEN to celebrate the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire will be created at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show this month.

Free Wi-Fi in York for start of Tour de France

York Press: Tour de France sculpture created at opening stage finishing line

9:31am Tuesday 15th April 2014

VISITORS to York during the Tour de France will have access to free Wi-Fi under a new scheme.

York residents urged to hold parties for Tour de France

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9:18am Wednesday 9th April 2014

RESIDENTS across York are being urged to arrange street “departies” to mark the Tour de France coming to the city this summer.

Tour de France knitters create 23,000 mini jerseys

York Press: University of York student Madeline Crosswaite who came up with the idea of using knitted mini jerseys as bunting for the Tour de France. Picture : Garry Atkinson (5167384)

8:43am Monday 7th April 2014

A CYCLING student has taken her hobby to new levels with a big idea for little jerseys.

Clifford's Tower lit up yellow for the Tour de France

York Press: Clifford’s Tower will be lit up in yellow as part of of the 100-day Cultural Festival leading up to the Grand Départ of the Tour de France which begins in Yorkshire this year. Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross

10:54am Thursday 3rd April 2014

THE future's bright for one of York's oldest and most historic sights. So bright, in fact, that it's turned yellow.

York Food Festival to celebrate French food ahead of Le Tour

York Press: MARVALLOUS MOLLUSCS: 9l-r) Diane Hammill Wild Food Walk, withJuline and Pierrine Chan of York Petitis Amis who were foraging for Yorkshire snails Picture: Frank Dwyer

10:52am Thursday 3rd April 2014

THIS summer's York Food Festival is to celebrate French food just weeks before the Tour de France rolls into town.

Farmers urged to apply for Tour de France derogations

York Press: Tour de France sculpture created at opening stage finishing line

8:07am Tuesday 1st April 2014

FARMERS and landowners whose businesses could be affected when the Tour de France comes to Yorkshire this summer are being urged to sign up to a scheme which allows them to alter their grass-cutting dates.

MP backs Tour de France legacy bid

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11:37am Saturday 29th March 2014

PLANS to ensure the Tour de France leaves a lasting legacy for Yorkshire have been welcomed by Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones.

Tour's legacy to be Yorkshire cycle race

York Press: Y14:  Alistair Griffin and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band premiere the official Grand Depart song at Y14. Picture: Matt Clark

9:50am Friday 28th March 2014

THE immediate legacy of the Le Grand Depart for the Tour de France will be the return of international cycling to Yorkshire from next year.

Events taking place during the countdown to Tour de France

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3:24pm Thursday 27th March 2014

You don’t have to wait for July to get in the mood for the Grand Départ.

York looking to capture Tour's legacy

York Press: HIGH HOPES: Kirsten England

3:14pm Thursday 27th March 2014

AS York gears up to welcome the world’s biggest cycling event this year, chief executive of City of York Council and chair of Cycle Yorkshire Kersten England tells The Press about the Tour de France’s legacy for the city.

Get on your bike to help Marie Curie

York Press: Cheryl Barrett and Sophie Mackinder of Marie Curie Cancer Care with the party pack

3:13pm Thursday 27th March 2014

As York begins the 100 days countdown until the 2014 Tour de France once again visits the shores of the UK.

York offers up a taste of history for Tour spectators

York Press: Tour de France sculpture created at opening stage finishing line

3:05pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Matt Clark looks at how York is preparing for the Tour de France.

York prepares for Tour De France party

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2:47pm Thursday 27th March 2014

YORK is preparing to party as the city gears up for the Tour De France Grand Depart this summer

Tour de France's Yorkshire routes unveiled

York Press: Tour de France's Yorkshire routes unveiled

2:43pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Yorkshire is honoured to have been chosen to stage the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France and we are confident the riders will find our spectacular scenery both challenging and exhilarating.

Getting ready for Tour de France excitement

York Press: Organisers want a wide range of people to “be part of it” as the buzz builds before one of the world’s top cycle races makes its way to York in July

10:05am Thursday 27th March 2014

AN ARTS and cultural festival has been launched in York to mark the start of the 100-day countdown to the city’s Tour De France Grand Depart later in the year.

Hundreds oppose Tour de France hub plans for York stray

York Press: Monk Stray: Stalls, funfair and live entertainment for tour

10:35am Monday 24th March 2014

HUNDREDS of residents have opposed plans for a Tour de France crowd base on a York stray, or called for tougher controls.

Tour de France cost fear leads to budget meetings

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8:27am Saturday 22nd March 2014

YORK council chiefs are in talks about the costs of staging the Tour De France Grand Depart, amid reports that the bill is soaring above budget.

Residents to take part in Tour de France painting project

York Press: Artist Karen Winship, left, and Coun Sonja Crisp with the painting, which will be transformed by residents into a huge artwork

9:28am Tuesday 18th March 2014

RESIDENTS in York are being asked to join a painting project to celebrate the Tour de France coming to the city.

York man to ride Tour de France route

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2:10pm Sunday 16th March 2014

A YORK cyclist has been selected to ride the opening stage of the Tour de France’s Grand Départ, just hours before some of the sport's legends take on the same course.

Rival breweries team up for the Tour de France

York Press: Simon Theakston (left) and Robert Theakston seal the deal which will see their competing breweries become a single team for the Tour de France

11:31am Saturday 15th March 2014

TWO North Yorkshire brewing families are putting their competitive rivalry aside to help their town celebrate the arrival of the Tour de France.

WI knitters produce Tour de France bunting

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9:28am Friday 14th March 2014

MORE than 1,000 mini jerseys have been knitted by Women’s Institute members in North Yorkshire in a bid to decorate the region for this summer’s Tour de France Grand Depart.

Friefighters offer Tour de France safety advice

York Press: Tour de France sculpture created at opening stage finishing line

11:24am Tuesday 11th March 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are holding a series of sessions across North Yorkshire as they do their bit to ensure the Tour de France is a success in July.

Marie Curie seeking volunteers for Tour de France-themed campaign

York Press: Cheryl Barrett and Sophie Mackinder, of Marie Curie Cancer Care, drum up support for its Grand Depart fundraising campaign

11:31am Tuesday 11th March 2014

THE Marie Curie nursing charity is looking for volunteers in York to boost a million-pound campaign to help victims of life-threatening illnesses.

The Last Train To Scarborough production to feature in Yorkshire Festival

York Press: Matthew Booth, who plays detective sergeant Jim Stringer in the Stephen Joseph Theatre Production of Last Train to Scarborough, gets into character at the National Railway Museum

10:47am Tuesday 11th March 2014

The Stephen Joseph Theatre’s forthcoming world premiere of the new production of The Last Train To Scarborough has been selected to feature in the Yorkshire Festival 2014.

Tour de France information sessions for York residents

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8:02am Monday 10th March 2014

RESIDENTS from across York are invited to attend Tour de France information sessions on the following days:

Councillor labels Tour de France plans a 'farce'

York Press: Lib Dem councillor Nigel Ayre

9:12am Friday 7th March 2014

AN opposition councillor has labelled consultation over plans for this summer’s Tour de France in York a “farce”.

Top cyclist to check out Tour de France route

York Press: Chris Froome in last year’s Tour de France

8:45am Wednesday 5th March 2014

TOP road cyclist Chris Froome could be in York within weeks as he continues his preparations to defend his Tour de France title.

Yarn-storming links Yorkshire Festival and Tour de France

York Press: Cassandra Kilbride, foreground, adds some more knitting to a woolly bike with fellow knitters, from left, Charlotte Blacker, Diane Green and Rebecca Boldry, at York Designer Outlet

8:50am Saturday 1st March 2014

KNITTING and cycling are being combined in an attempt to link the Yorkshire Festival and the Tour de France.

Grand Départ will transform perception of Yorkshire

York Press: Tour de France logo

10:53am Friday 28th February 2014

HOSTING the Grand Départ of this year’s Tour de France will do for Yorkshire what the 2002 Commonwealth Games did for Manchester, says the man who brought the world’s third biggest sporting event to the county.

The man who brought the Tour de France to Yorkshire

York Press: Bradley Wiggins of Sky Pro Racing (yellow jersey) riding with team mates during the Tour de France

10:13am Friday 28th February 2014

In just over four months, the Tour de France will arrive in Yorkshire for the first Yorkshire Grand Départ. STEPHEN LEWIS speaks to the man who made it possible.

Duo gear up for Tour de France shows

York Press: Authors Andy Seed, left, and Mike Barfield outside Northern Ride in Malton. The two are doing a tour around local primary schools ahead of the Tour de France

9:05am Thursday 27th February 2014

TWO Ryedale writers are getting on their bikes to get children interested in the Tour de France.

Tour de France set to attract 180,000 visitors to York

York Press: Burley-in-Wharfedale Tour de France plans meeting

7:12pm Monday 24th February 2014

ABOUT 180,000 visitors are expected to flock to York when it hosts the Tour de France this summer.

Tour de France cultural festival director steps down from role

York Press: Maria Bota, who will be head of the Grand Depart arts festival next year

9:18am Friday 21st February 2014

THE director of a cultural festival being organised to celebrate the opening stages of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire has stepped down from the £55,000-a-year role.

Residents voice fears over Tour de France campsite plan for Monk Stray

York Press: Monk Stray: Stalls, funfair and live entertainment for tour

10:44am Saturday 15th February 2014

RESIDENTS living near a historic York stray that could become a huge Tour de France campsite and spectator hub have aired their concerns at a public meeting.

Volunteers wanted for Grand Départ

York Press: Tour de France sculpture created at opening stage finishing line

8:50am Friday 14th February 2014

VOLUNTEERS are wanted to help line the route of Yorkshire’s Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

Dismay over plans to use York stray as Tour de France camp site

York Press: Monk Stray: Stalls, funfair and live entertainment for tour

9:37am Friday 7th February 2014

A YORK stray is being advertised as the city’s biggest Tour de France campsite – sparking claims residents were kept in the dark about the plans.

150 days to go....

York Press: Children join professional cyclist Dean Downing, Leeds council leader Keith Wakefield, Welcome to Yorkshire boss Gary Verity and Tour de France veteran Brian Robinson on the start line of the Grand Départ 2014.

8:00am Thursday 6th February 2014

It's now only 150 days until the Tour de France comes to York. Here's the lowdown on what you need to know....

York events for Le Grand Depart's 100 day festival

York Press: Burley-in-Wharfedale Tour de France plans meeting

5:33pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

A CELEBRATION of Yorkshire brass band music and play about what cycling means to people’s are to be part of the cultural festival marking the Tour de France’s arrival in York.

£15,000 grant to help Tour de France groups

York Press: Tour de France sculpture created at opening stage finishing line

8:00am Wednesday 29th January 2014

 HARROGATE Borough Council is marking the Tour de France Grand Départ from Yorkshire by awarding grants totalling £15,000 to groups linked to the event.

20,000 free York Tour de France tickets snapped up

York Press: Coun. Sonia Crisp ,Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism for the City of York Council and William Derby, Chief Executive of York Racecourse launch the release of tickets for Le Grand Depart at York Racecourse .

1:50pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

TWENTY thousand free tickets to watch the Tour de France when it sets off from York Racecourse have been snapped up in just four and a half hours.

Tour de France road closures announced

York Press: Cyclists in this year's Tour de France

10:59am Tuesday 21st January 2014

ROADS in North Yorkshire which will be closed when the Tour de France comes to the region this summer have been confirmed.

Yorkshire's Tour de France timings unveiled

York Press: Burley-in-Wharfedale Tour de France plans meeting

2:39pm Saturday 18th January 2014

EXACT timings for York's Tour de France stage - which will see the world's top cyclists compete in Yorkshire in July - have been unveiled.

Malton to host thrilling curtain-raiser to the Tour de France

York Press: Cycling enthusiasts outside the Northern Ride shop in Malton which is organising a town centre race in the run-up to the Grand Depart of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in July

10:37am Wednesday 15th January 2014

A TEAM of cycling enthusiasts are aiming to build on the enthusisam for the Tour de France with a town centre race through Malton, two weeks before Yorkshire hosts the Grande Depart.

Tour de France festival banner makes a Grand announcement

York Press: Tour de France festival banner makes a Grand announcement

11:21am Tuesday 14th January 2014

A HUGE banner has been unfurled down the side of a Yorkshire dam to announce an arts festival which will be part of the county’s Tour de France celebrations.

Tour De France plans gear up for successful Grand Depart

York Press: Tour de France sculpture created at opening stage finishing line

9:33am Monday 6th January 2014

WITH only six months to go until the Tour De France comes to York, organisers say their plans are on time and budget.

All police leave cancelled during Tour de France

York Press: Assistant Chief Constable Ken McIntosh

10:57am Wednesday 1st January 2014

ALL leave for police officers in North Yorkshire has been cancelled during this year’s Tour de France.

Escrick Park Estate prepares for Grand Depart

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12:03pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

CYCLING fans coming to York for The Grand Depart next summer will have a chance to stay at Escrick Park Estate – thanks to a pioneering venture between the estate and Queen Margaret’s School in the village.

You can join in the experience right here...

Thousands of cycling fans from across the globe will descend on Yorkshire this summer when the world’s biggest annual sporting event comes to the White Rose county for the first time.

We will be updating this section regularly with news about the Tour de France itself and all the various events being organised to run alongside the race.

As the Grand Départ approaches, we will be publishing information for spectators on where to find the perfect vantage point to watch the peloton go by, as well as where to stay, eat and drink, and what else to see during your visit.

You can get involved by Tweeting your news and views using the #granddepart and #tdf hashtags.

York Press: Tour De France Stage 2 route map

Tour de France route maps for Yorkshire stages:
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Cycling column

Tour legends making headlines since 1903

York Press: Bernard Hinault, five times winner of The Tour during the photocall at Cragg Vale. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 26, 2014. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. (4894974)

11:09am Saturday 19th April 2014

THE two most eagerly anticipated stage races on the professional cycling calendar are Le Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.

Hit cycling heights on North Yorkshire roads

York Press: Hit cycling heights on North Yorkshire roads

8:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

DON’T buy upgrades, ride up grades. So said Eddy Merckx, dispensing advice on improving your performance and buying cycling kit. Well, he is the greatest of all time.

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