Yorkshire Le Tour route welcomed
SELBY cycle enthusiasts have raised a toast after the Tour de France 2014 route was revealed last week.
The second stage of the race will start in York on July 6 next year, before ending in Sheffield.
The announcement was met with praise from local MP’s and cycling clubs, all eager to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s greatest sporting spectacles.
Selby Cycling Club general secretary Ken Gabriels says the tour’s arrival in the county next year has been met with great positivity.
He said: “Even though it’s another 18 months away we’ve had a lot of traffic on our website.
“Some of our members are planning to ride the route and some have stated their interest at helping out when the race comes to Yorkshire, as volunteers.
Ken says that York hosting the second stage will still capture the imagination of Selby cyclists, despite the route not passing through the town.
He added: “It would have been nice to see the Tour pass through Selby but reading cycling magazines in the run-up to the announcement, it was never tipped to happen.
“We were never expecting it to come here so that’s not a major surprise.”
Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams has also welcomed the tour’s route through the county being within reachable distance for Selebians.
He 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.”
Mr Adams met with French officials last year supporting the bid to bring Le Tour to Yorkshire and he has also been appointed as Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the 2014 Tour de France.
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.”
The Grand Depart will start outside Leeds Town Hall, heading to Harewood House, Otley, Skipton, past Britain’s highest pub the Tan Hill Inn, through Masham, onto Ripon with Stage One concluding in Harrogate.
Stage Two begins in York, moving onto Knaresborough, Blubberhouses Moor, Keighley, Hebden Bridge, Holmfirth and down into Sheffield.
The two day event will take place on July 5 and 6, 2014.
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