As most of the world knows, Le Tour De France is holding its Grand Depart, stage two and stage three in Yorkshire/London this year, how exciting! Whether you’re an avid cyclist or just want to be part of the crowd/ soak in the buzzing atmosphere, the tour is definitely the place to be this July.
Teams such as Orica Greenedge, Omega Pharma, Movistar, BMC and of course Team Sky will be preparing their cyclists for an eventful and brutal 21 days of racing. The teams have some fantastic riders in their pack this year, with well-known cyclists such as Contador, Nibali and Valverdeso and of course UK’s favourites Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish, it’s set to be a very interesting tour. We don’t know about you, but we’ll be rooting for Chris Froome to take the win again this year.
The Grand Depart will be starting in Leeds City Centre on Saturday 5th July at around 11AM, unlike previous years, stage one will be kicking off with a Road stage instead of a prologue. Riders will move swiftly through Leeds and past our head office!! You better believe we’ll be outside cheering them on, flags in hand. After speeding through the streets of Leeds, the peloton will ride though villages such as Otely, Ilkley and Ripon, before finishing up stage one in Harrogate.
Cyclists will be moving onto stage two the following day, starting in York, the teams will embark on the 201KM ride through some of west Yorkshires finest villages. Whilst they no doubt cruise through places such as Addlington, Holmfirth, Knaresborough and Huddersfield before finishing up in Sheffield, we will be on the side lines exhausted just watching them and cheering frantically at anyone who rides by.
The final UK leg of the tour will be starting in Cambridge on 7th July and finishing in Londres. This short yet sweet 155KM stage will take the peloton past some of London’s best sights such as The Olympic Park before finishing up opposite Buckingham Palace, let’s hope the riders can keep their eyes on the road instead of the amazing London sights.
Now, I know after the excitement of the first 3 days we’ll all be needing a sit down, so sit back and enjoy the remaining 18 stages from the comfort of your own home. Starting in Le Touquet – Paris – Plage the tour will be travelling through France before finishing up in Paris on Sunday 27th July.
Writing this has got us super excited for the tour to begin, who will you be rooting for this year?