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Le Grand Depart - Yorkshire & London

Tour de France 2014 to start in Yorkshire!

The 'Grand depart' of the 2014 Tour de France will take place in Yorkshire. As the UK's No 1 Sports Travel company and cycling specialists, we will be offering travel packages to this 'Grand Depart' of the Tour 2014 in Yorkshire.

The 2014 Tour de France will be the 101st edition of the Tour and one which we already expect to be an exciting prospect.

As usual, Sports Tours International will be offering a wide range of authentic Tour de France Holiday packages, taking you close to the action and helping you experience the unforgetable atmosphere of the Tour de France 2014.

The team presentation for the Grand Depart will take place in Leeds, Yorkshire. It will be the fourth time the Tour has visited Britain after previous visits in 1974 and 1994.

By all accounts, we should see all contenders for each of the key jerseys show their hands during the UK stages of the Tour de France 2014.

Tour de France 2014 - VIP Experiences:
Our position as a VIP Official tour operator for the Tour de France allows us to offer some truly unique ways to experience Le Tour, such as VIP access to the start village, Grandstand seats on the finishing straight, or riding in the official caravan.
Click here for full details!

Tour de France 2014 Stage 1 Leeds to Harrogate - Saturday July 5
The first stage from Leeds to Harrogate covers 190km and will go through the rolling Yorkshire Dales through Rippon before a long flat finish into Harrogate. The stage will start from Leeds Town Hall, in the heart of the city centre. The riders will head north and cross the gounds of Harewood House where the official start will be given by some VIP visitors. The Yorkshire Dales part of the stage will include Buttertubs Pass which clims up from Wenselydale and the descent into Swaledale.

One of the favourites will be Mark Cavendish, who has 23 stage wins to his name already.

Tour de France 2014 Stage 2 York to Sheffield - Sunday July 6
The second stage from York to Sheffield covers 200km and will move through West Yorkshire and the wild moors of Bronte Country near Haworth. Towns crossed are Keighley, Huddersfield and Holmfirth before finishing in Sheffield. After Huddersfield the riders will move south to the Peak District and the ascent of Holme Moss which is a 7km climb above Holmfirth, featuring tight hairpin bends and usually exposure to stiff western winds. "It's going to go up and down all the time, like in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic," according to the Tour de France organisers.

Tour de France 2014 Stage 3 Cambridge to London - Monday July 7
The third UK stage from Cambridge to London is a flatter stage which begins in Cambridgeshire before heading through Hertfordshire and Essex.

In London the riders will pass Tower Bridge, the Palace of Westminster and Buckingham Palace. We can expect a mass sprint finish on the Mall at the end of a pretty flat stage. The capital staged the opening prologue in 2007 which is the last time that the Tour de France came to England.

The following day, the 2014 Tour de France will move to France and it is likely that the first time trial will be on the program although this has not been confirmed yet.

Please note that if you want to join us for the next stages of the 2014 Tour de France after you have seen the UK stages, you can join us in France on Tuesday the 8th of July for the rest of the 2014 Tour de France. Details will be available in November 2013.

We, at Sports Tours International, have been operating trips to the Tour de France for nearly twenty years and we have unrivaled knowledge and expertise of the inner workings of the Tour. We know exactly where to take you and how to get the very best out of the Tour and give you the most authentic experience.

Imagine riding your bike on the same roads as the most famous cyclists in cycling history, over some of the battlegrounds of famous duels involving Wiggins, Froome, Evans, Armstrong, Ullrich, Pantani, Merckx and so many more heroes of Tour de France history. With any luck you may even bump into some of the cycling legends as we work our way around France or meet some of the current top pros at the stage starts or finishes.

You will see the pain etched on the faces of the pro riders as they tackle some of the hardest mountain climbs and feel the electric atmosphere of the peloton passing inches from your face, giving you the chance to take some fantastic close up photographs of the action.

Our Packages for the Tour de France 2014 - Le Grand Depart, Yorkshire and Cambridge to London:

Tour de France 2014 - Yorkshire and London stages
Tour de France 2014 - The Yorkshire Stages
Tour de France 2014 - A Long Weekend in Yorkshire
Tour de France 2014 - A Weekend in London - 4* Hotel

Tour de France 2014 - VIP Experiences:
Our position as a VIP Official tour operator for the Tour de France allows us to offer some truly unique ways to experience Le Tour, such as VIP access to the start village, Grandstand seats on the finishing straight, or riding in the official caravan.
Click here for full details!

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