Tour de France Comes to Yorkshire

Tour de France Comes to Yorkshire

We’re thrilled that the 2014 Tour de France will start right here in Leeds where is based.

Although we do our bit to add a flavour of France to our own little part of Yorkshire, this phenomenal event will bring the French way of life even closer to home.

Yorkshire beat off competition from Florence and Edinburgh to host what has become one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events.

It last came to the UK in 2007 when participants rode from London to Canterbury to the delight of two million spectators. It has visited twice previously in 1974 and 1994.

The Tour will head through Yorkshire on July 5th and 6th 2014. Its arrival here will be a huge opportunity for local people to learn more about France and this spectacular race - and for viewers across the globe to see Yorkshire’s spectacular scenery.

The decision to grant Yorkshire the opportunity to host the Tour is due in no small part to the success of home grown cyclist, now Sir Bradley Wiggins. Race director Christian Prudhomme has admitted that Sir Wiggins’ victory in the Tour de France in July followed by his success in the London Olympics encouraged the decision makers to bring the event back to the UK sooner than previously anticipated.

Whatever the reasons behind the decision, we at will be lining the streets in true Tour style to cheer on the competitors and fly the flag for our two favourite countries, Britain and France. We hope some of our French friends can make it over here, the airport is nearby.

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