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Latest on the Tour de France as it details Yorkshire Grand Depart
9:58am Thursday 17th January 2013 in News
This live event has finished
- Stage one, July 5: Leeds - Harewood - Otley - Ilkley - Skipton - Kettlewell - Aysgarth - Hawes - Reeth - Leyburn - Ripon - Harrogate
- Stage two, July 6: York - Knaresborough - Silsden - Keighley - Haworth - Hebden Bridge - Elland - Huddersfield - Holmfirth - Sheffield
- Stage three, July 7: Cambridge - Epping Forest - the Olympic Park - the Mall
Vive le Yorkshire et le Tour de France, Prudhomme signs off #tdf2014— @yorkpress 17 January 2013
The theme of the race between York and Sheffield will be Past, Present and Future.
RT @yorkpress: We want Yorkshire to be the top cycling region in the UK with more cycling more often than any other region- says GaryVerity #tdf2014— @pamat2020 17 January 2013
The aim is ten years after the Tour first visits Yorkshire, Yorkshire is still feeling the benefits of that visit, says Verity.
Sheffield cyclist Malcolm Elliott also at press conference in which Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire is listing many wonderful things about Yorkshire.
Amazing British summer for cycling convinced us to come back to Britain as soon as possible, says Prudhomme #tdf2014— @yorkbusiness 17 January 2013
I knew Yorkshire, but didn't realise it was so gorgeous until I came here, says Prudhomme #tdf2014— @yorkpress 17 January 2013
Just watching a video about Britain's previous achievements in the Tour de France.
Brian Robinson, first Brit to ride the Tour de France, who lives in Huddersfield, is also in the audience at the press conference.
Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council says it still feels like a dream.
Welcome to Yorkshire press conference in Leeds about to start...
This just in from East Riding of Yorkshire Council:
Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic development, tourism and rural issues, said: “Today’s announcement regarding the route of the 2014 Tour de France is an occasion for the whole of Yorkshire to celebrate.
“While the council is disappointed that the world’s most prestigious cycle race will not pass through the East Riding, residents will still have the opportunity to see the race, with most of the East Riding just one hour away.
“Hosting one of the world’s biggest sporting events in Yorkshire will have untold benefits for the whole county in terms of tourism and boosting the local economy and the council will make every effort to capitalise on this.
“East Yorkshire already has a proud cycling tradition and hopes that the legacy of the Tour de France will be similar to that of the Olympic Torch Relay in attracting more people to the sport.”
Keep letting us know what you think of the announcement. Which part of the route is nearest you and will you be watching? Comment below or tweet to @yorkpress or using the hashtag #tdf2014
Today is the big day! RT if you're coming down to @LeedsTownHall this evening to find out about #TDF2014 route in Yorkshire. #excited— @letouryorkshire 17 January 2013
RT @jmalexander1982: Just arriving at UK Media Conference with Tour de France delegation #tdf2014 http://t.co/h8NC5WRn— @yorkpress 17 January 2013
York Outer MP Julian Sturdy has urged communities and businesses to make the most of the Tour de France coming to the city.
Mr Sturdy, who is a vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for 2014 Yorkshire and the UK Tour de France, lobbied the Government on behalf of Yorkshire's Back le Bid campaign and said: "I am delighted the Tour de France organisers have appreciated the iconic nature and beauty of York and that has been recognised with the second day of the tour starting from our great city and heading out through my constituency to Knaresborough.
“The Tour de France will be a unique advertisement for the whole of our county and I am thrilled at the potential effect the event will have on our local economy. With a worldwide television audience of 3.5 billion people in 188 countries, the Tour de France will be a fantastic opportunity to show the world that what York and Yorkshire have to offer.”
“While the Olympic Torch relay was a big event last year, it will be surpassed in scale by next year’s Tour de France. Each night of the Tour, 1,200 hotel rooms are booked and 2,000 journalists travel with the race along its route.”
“I am looking forward to working with Yorkshire-based colleagues of all political persuasions over the next year as a vice-chair of the All-Party Group and I will do all I can to make sure the event is a massive success and one to remember for years to come."
Mr Sturdy also said he had already signed up as volunteer when the Tour comes to Yorkshire and encouraged others to follow suit.
Hugh Bayley, MP for York Central, said York was the region's most important cycling city and it was great for it to have such a prominent role in the Tour de France.
"Let's hope Sir Bradley Wiggins will have a yellow jersey when we wave off the cyclists from York," he said.
"This will showcase the city to the world. Roughly 20 per cent of journeys in York are carried out by bicycle, which is hugely over the national average.
"Cycling is already big in York and I hope the race will give us an opportunity to encourage more people to cycle, because it reduces traffic congestion, is good for the environment and is good for people's health."
“@letouryorkshire: 98% of Yorkshire's population will be within one hour of the Tour de France route in 2014. #TdF2014” For me two mins !!— @artfoundryman 17 January 2013
Always good to see Yorkshire trending! The Tour de France ("Leggit round Yorkshire") should be some spectacle. #TDF2014— @wfflwrks 17 January 2013
Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, has urged communities and businesses across his constituency to make the most of the world’s largest annual sporting event coming to North Yorkshire in 2014.
He said: “I am delighted that the Tour de France organisers have recognised the unique beauty of my constituency. I have been working hard to ensure as many parts as possible are showcased.
“With a worldwide television audience of 3.5 billion people in 188 countries, this opportunity to promote where we live to tourists and where we work to businesses is too good to miss. Skipton and Ripon will benefit massively from this event and will give the Tour de France a great welcome.
“We saw how big the Olympic Torch Relay was last year but the Tour de France is on a much bigger scale. Each night of the Tour, 1,200 hotel rooms are booked and 2,000 journalists travel with the race along its route.
"In the coming months, I will be travelling the route the Tour de France will take on a special Doorstep Tour and working with communities and businesses to make sure we explore every opportunity for promoting and showcasing our area to a worldwide audience.”
The MP also confirmed the launch of a cross-party group to promote and support the Tour de France in Yorkshire at Westminster.
A spokeswoman for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway said she was ‘gutted’ that the race will not be visiting the North York Moors.
Marketing manager Danielle Ramsey said that tour officials had paid visits to the steam railway several times with Gary Verity, of Welcome to Yorkshire, and she had hoped the route would come through the area.
She said she did not know why it had not been chosen. “It’s a great disappointment,” she said. “We are very gutted. It’s such a shame for the area.”
Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams has said he is delighted that the Tour de France 2014 will be making its way through part of his constituency on Sunday July 6 when one of the world’s largest sporting events makes its Grand Depart from Leeds.
Mr Adams, who spoke in a Westminster debate recently promoting the benefits of his constituency as part of the tour’s route, said: “This is more fantastic news for Selby and Ainsty residents.
"Following on the back of the Olympic Torch success for our area, I am delighted that the Tour de France will be going through my constituency giving everyone an opportunity to witness yet another global sporting event”
The Tour de France route takes in part of the Selby and Ainsty constituency passing several villages including Green Hammerton on the second day in Yorkshire on the York to Knaresborough leg.
County Councillor John Weighell, leader of North Yorkshire County Council, welcomed the inclusion of lengthy stages of the Tour in North Yorkshire, and predicted major economic benefits for the county as a result.
He said: "We are one of the sponsors of the bid, and we are absolutely delighted with today’s announcement of the route.
“As one of the world’s premier sporting events, the Tour de France brings enormous international exposure and interest in its wake, and the inclusion of Yorkshire can only be excellent news for the economy of North Yorkshire, and its hugely important tourism businesses.”
The Yorkshire delegation celebrate the announcement of the Tour de France Grand Depart routes in Paris.
From left: Leader of Harrogate Borough Council, Coun Anthony Alton; Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive Gary Verity, ASO director Christian Prudhomme, leader of City of York Council, Coun James Alexander and leader of North Yorkshire County Council, John Weighell.
Christian Prudhomme, Tour de France director, said: “Yorkshire is a region of outstanding beauty, with breath-taking landscapes whose terrains offer both sprinters and attackers the opportunity to express themselves.
"We have encountered a phenomenal desire to welcome the Tour de France and no doubt that popular acclaim will be particularly in evidence over there.
"The Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2007 in London, the first ever organised in the United Kingdom, will remain unforgettable. We are very glad to return, seven years after, to this magnificent city.”
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The routes of the Grand Départ will showcase some of Yorkshire’s iconic cycling climbs and the county’s stunning land and cityscapes.
"The peloton will be technically tested as they tackle some challenging terrain in what are sure to be two exhilarating days of racing in the county.
"The British public’s response since the news broke that the 2014 Grand Départ would be hosted in Yorkshire has been overwhelming and I am sure the route announcements today will encourage even more people to come to the county to experience for themselves the phenomenon that is Le Tour.”
The route from Leeds to Harrogate taking place on Saturday, July 5, 2014.
The route from York to Sheffield, taking place on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said hosting the opening stages of the Tour De France in 2014 was an honour for both the country and the region.
He said: "North Yorkshire Police is looking forward to helping make the event an enjoyable experience for the many spectators and tourists expected to visit the area.
“The force has only just been informed about the route that the Tour De France will take through North Yorkshire, therefore plans will be developed in due course.
“However, we will build on the experience of last year’s successful Olympic Torch Relay, working closely with the organisers, partner agencies and the other police forces in the region, to ensure that the race stages pass off smoothly and safely.”
Leaders of Hambleton District Council have said they are "bitterly disappointed" that the world’s greatest cycling race is not coming through the district.
Areas around Northallerton, Thirsk, Bedale, Easingwold and Stokesley were not included in the routes announced today in Paris for the Tour de France's Grand Depart in Paris in 2014.
Council leader, Coun Neville Huxtable, said: "We are very disappointed that it won’t be travelling through Hambleton and its glorious countryside. But we will be working hard to promote the area and hope to welcome many of the millions of visitors to the race into Hambleton.
“We are obviously delighted that the race is coming to Yorkshire and we congratulate Welcome 2 Yorkshire on its coup. We look forward to watching it and we wish those organising it the best of luck.
“This is a fantastic event for Yorkshire – and a great opportunity to showcase the area.”
@17Burgate Still plenty of opportunities for whole of Ryedale to benefit, still within half an hour of day 2 depart #TDF2014— @CraigNattress 17 January 2013
Tour de France route announced http://t.co/5cU1OKaD. Day 2 within close proximatey of Ryedale, great opportunity for district #TDF2014— @VisitRyedale 17 January 2013
#Harrogate place 2 stay for Yorkshire legs of #TDF2014 as Knaresborough only a bike ride away down the Berylburtoncycleway to catch day 2!— @emilyegg1 17 January 2013
Wonder if hotels in Harrogate are taking bookings for 2014 now?! #tdf2014— @awelsh1810 17 January 2013
Great news that Le Tour is coming to Harrogate, fabulous publicity for our town. #TDF2014— @aspectgroup 17 January 2013
@cyclingweekly confirms that Stage 2 of the #tdf2014 will start in #york. http://t.co/MrQwJVyM Come & enjoy it with us. http://t.co/eo6wUlRP— @yorklakelodge 17 January 2013
I cannot contain my excitement for #TDF2014 Leeds-Harrogate and York-Sheffield stages @letouryorkshire— @m_hobson 17 January 2013
Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer, said: "I am delighted the Tour de France organisers have appreciated the iconic nature and beauty of York and that has been recognised with the second day of the tour starting from our great city and heading out through my constituency to Knaresborough."
RT @CityofYork: #York is delighted to welcome stage two of #TDF2014 Grand Depart on Sunday 6 July 2014 http://t.co/m9ly1Xt4— @philbodmer 17 January 2013
Definitely coming back to York for the start of the #TDF2014 2nd stage (http://t.co/RcMbvcdx) Would like to bike LEJOG at some point as well— @martinjspurr 17 January 2013
Huge economic boost for York from #TDF2014 says city council leader @jmalexander1982 and more reaction via @yorkpress http://t.co/EixuEsdm— @PressSteveH 17 January 2013
Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, has welcomed the news that Harrogate and Knaresborough will both be a part of the Tour de France’s journey through Yorkshire.
Andrew, who is vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire, said Harrogate’s famous hospitality would be on full display when the Tour finishes its first day on the Stray in Harrogate.
“I am delighted with this news, and the people of Harrogate and Knaresborough will be excited that the route comes to this constituency twice and the swell of tourists will make the occasion unforgettable.
“Having the route covering so much of Yorkshire’s iconic countryside is a great advertisement for this county, it will be broadcast to millions of homes across the world, and the viewers will not be disappointed.
“What Harrogate and Knaresborough has to offer as a backdrop for great sport is just fantastic in terms of business facilities, accommodation, historic sites and beautiful scenery as well as many passionate sporting fans. So the ingredients are already here to warmly welcome the Tour with open arms.”
James Brennan, head of marketing and sponsorship at York Racecourse, said they hoped to host the start of the race from the Knavesmire on the Sunday.
He said they had worked with Welcome to Yorkshire and the Tour de France organisers, who have visited the Knavesmire, and they would be "delighted" to host the event if chosen.
He said the impact on York would be huge.
"We know what sport can do in terms of exciting and thrilling people. To have such a famous event coming to the city is great news.
"We will see if we go on to be more directly involved as things pan out," he said.
He said the racecourse fully appreciated the economic impact sporting events could have, generating £58 million impact through its own racing events for the local economy.
"The figures are double that for the weekend," he said. "It's that number of television eye balls, billions of people, watching the race in such a wonderful city and such a wonderful county.
"You can see the subsequent huge economic benefit and it's a real tribute to the work of Gary Verity and Welcome to Yorkshire and everyone who has backed Le Bid.
"It's a marvellous prospect for the city and we're ready to help in any way we can."
Images from the Official presentation of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart:
'In the presence of Sir Peter Ricketts (British Ambassador to France) are Gary Verity (Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire) and Christian Prudhomme (Director of the Tour de France)'
The Tour de France in figures:
• It attracts 12 million spectators along the route in a typical year's race
• 1,200 hotel rooms are reserved each night for the teams, staff, press and tour personnel
• There are 4700 hours of TV coverage
• 2,000 accredited journalists from around the world attend
The staging of the Grand Depart is estimated to boost York’s economy by more than £73 million, based on an analysis of the impact on London in 2007.
When the Grand Départ was held in London and Kent in 2007, it was estimated to have brought £88 million to south-east England and generated £35 million of media coverage.
York Minster has been used in the marketing of the bid and will appear throughout the Grand Départ media coverage. Two billion spectators will also watch the event worldwide. More than two million spectators watched from the sidelines in 2007.
The council also expects the teams and administration associated with the tour to boost hotels, restaurants and shops from several days before racing begins.
Scarborough has missed out on playing a part in the 2014 Tour de France, with Scarborough Borough Council's chief executive Jim Dillon saying: "While of course we are disappointed that the Tour De France will not be passing through our borough in 2014, we are still delighted to be joining in the county-wide celebrations today.
"Le Tour will be a world-class event for Yorkshire which will show the county off at its very best to a worldwide audience of billions, and we should all be proud to say we will be a part of that experience regardless of the route it will take.
"Local residents won't have to travel far to cheer on their cycling heroes and soak up the atmosphere, and the many thousands of extra visitors who will come to Yorkshire during Le Tour will undoubtedly have a very positive ripple effect on the wider region, including our borough.
"With this in mind, we will be actively promoting our area as an excellent location for visitors to base themselves in or explore during their time in Yorkshire. We are also very excited about plans that are currently in the pipeline to bring other major cycling events to the Yorkshire coast in future years."
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said: "When we visited Yorkshire, Scarborough, the coast and East Yorkshire really captured our imagination and it has stayed long in our hearts.
"Working with Welcome to Yorkshire, we hope to return here in the future."
In Paris, Coun James Alexander and Kersten England celebrate the news that Le Grand Départ will leave from York.
Dissapointed #TDF2014 not coming via Ryedale & Coast but still within close proximatey, we can still make the most of this opportunity.— @CraigNattress 17 January 2013
Fantastic news that Stage 2 of the Tour De France 2014 will start in York! #yorkshire #TDF2014— @YorkStJohn 17 January 2013
Delighted to hear that Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France will start in York #TDF2014 - brilliant news!— @VisitYorkBiz 17 January 2013
Can't wait to see Wiggo and crew trying to get down the shambles! #TDF2014 #York— @Lmdrake 17 January 2013
Great news that the Tour de France 2014 will start stage 2 in our fantastic city. #york #TDF14— @YSJSU 17 January 2013
Councillor Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism said: “The world’s largest annual sporting event is coming to York!
"Working with our city partners and our own expert officers, we have a track record of staging high-quality, large-scale events which involve and delight local people and reach international TV audiences.
"A legacy of the Olympic Torch’s highly-praised visit to York, we have another moment to shine and share with the world our spectacular and welcoming city.
"This will be a huge boost to the city's leisure and tourism industries, with an estimated 2 million spectators in Yorkshire alone."
Coun James Alexander, leader of City of York Council, said: “The Tour de France is one of the world’s top global sporting events attracting a TV audience of over 3.5 billion people.
"The economic benefit from hosting a major event like this cannot be underestimated.
"In 2007, it was worth £88 million to London and the south east of England and early conservative estimates put the economic impact for Yorkshire as a whole at £100m.
"This is something we have worked – as part of the Yorkshire bid – for many months and we will be working to maximise for a lasting impact on our local economy. I’m proud to have played a part in bringing this event to York.”
Kersten England, chief executive of City of York Council, said: “We’re delighted to announce to the world that York is hosting the Tour de France Grand Depart, particularly as this year is its centenary race.
"As a cyclist myself, it’s a privilege to be appointed as the senior legacy lead for the region and to ensure that this important legacy lives on in Yorkshire, builds on this city’s long-standing commitment to cycling and inspires generations to come – maybe even a future Tour winner?”
The race will begin in earnest on the city’s outer roads before heading onto Knaresborough.
The delegation will rush back for a press conference to be held in Leeds this evening, before a celebration at Leeds Town Hall.
Leader of City of York Council, James Alexander, and chief executive, Kersten England, are in Paris today with the Yorkshire delegation at the press conference held by race organisers Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO).
York will welcome some 200 of the world’s best cyclists to the city, to showcase their road riding skills by promenading along the cobbles and cornering the medieval streets with a backdrop of some of the great sights of the city.
Susie Cawood, head of York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "The economic impact of our region hosting the world's biggest annual sporting event will be huge.
"It will give businesses in York and North Yorkshire a major economic boost; iconic images of our city and countryside will be broadcast to a worldwide audience.
"Tourists will be encouraged to visit the area and it will showcase York and North Yorkshire to potential inward investors."
Starts in Leeds to Harrogate, then York & Sheffield day 2, from Cambridge on day 3 before going via Essex into E London #tdf2014— @2012cushing 17 January 2013
Stage two: York - Knaresborough - Silsden - Keighley - Haworth - Hebden Bridge - Elland - Huddersfield - Holmfirth - Sheffield #TDF2014— @brettbutler 17 January 2013
RT @YSJSU: Great news that the Tour de France 2014 will start stage 2 in our fantastic city. #york #TDF14— @Tess_Abbey 17 January 2013
RT @cyclingweekly: Leeds-Harrogate will be the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France with a punchy second stage from York-Sheffield.— @alex_ledger_ 17 January 2013
OMG i don't know where to watch !! Leeds, otley, ilkley, york, haworth, skipton.... deffo not keighley though #whykeighley #tdf2014— @amyling 17 January 2013
Today is the big day! RT if you're coming down to @LeedsTownHall this evening to find out about #TDF2014 route in Yorkshire. #excited— @letouryorkshire 17 January 2013
Wrap up warm and get down to #Leeds tomorrow night for the Public reveal of the #TDF2014 #Yorkshire routes with @TobyFoster in charge— @GaryVerity 16 January 2013
From York on the second day, it will go back through Harrogate into West Yorkshire.
It will take in the Yorkshire Dales on the way to Harrgate.
The Tour will not reach the Yorkshire coast.
RT @PressSteveH: Tour de France #Yorkshire route #TDF2014 @CityofYork announced shortly.Live news via @yorkpress http://t.co/ZNB69JNG— @KBloor 17 January 2013
Day two will start in York.
The race will start in Leeds, and go through Ripon to Harrogate.