Yorkshire to Host Tour De France

Yorkshire will host the opening stage of the Tour de France in 2014 officials have announced today.

It is not the first time a British county has hosted the event, with Kent previously doing it back in 2007.

The summer event will commence on 5th and 6th July in Leeds before it returns to the French terrain and continue to be the most grueling of tests on a bike.

Yorkshire beat challenges from many European cities and counties, including Edinburgh, for the right to host a stage in the prestigious event.

It is a good distraction for cycling after the recent Lance Armstrong drug tribulations, and again shows the increased interest and dominance the sport is having on the British fans.

As well as the fans, stars like current holder of the event Bradley Wiggins have helped the sport and event grow into one of the most watched events.

You will be able to find out the full details of the route for the Leeds stage in a press conference on January 17th.

Staging a stage outside of France has proved increasingly popular in recent years, with Italy, Netherlands and Belgium hosting in recent tours.

You will be able to find out more information about Yorkshire and the event at http://www.yorkshire.com/.


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