Published On: Fri, Jul 4th, 2014 on 5:28 pm

Tour de France 2014: Yorkshire all set for Grand Depart

Tour De France Yorkshire

Over two million people are expected in Yorkshire this weekend for the start of this year’s Tour de France.

The three-week racing event will return to the UK for the first time since 2007, with the first stage beginning in Leeds tomorrow at 11.05am.

It will go through the Yorkshire Dales before finishing in Harrogate.

Stage two will go from York to Sheffield, via Keighley and Huddersfield, and the third stage will run from Cambridge to The Mall in London.

Team Sky’s Chris Froome is the defending champion, who became the second British winner of the race last year, following the victory of teammate Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012.

He made an appearance last night when all 198 riders from 22 teams travelled to the Leeds Arena for the opening ceremony to the cheers of over 10,000 people.

Christian Prudhomme, director of the event, also said he was “impressed” and “thrilled” after seeing what Leeds had done in preparation.

The opening three stages of the event is expected to bring in more than £100 million to the economy whilst also being watched by millions across the globe.

Numerous roads will also be closed across Yorkshire, disrupting travel, but Northern Rail is putting on 50% more trains to help get travellers to their destinations.

Thousands are also looking to watch the event live as it happens via spectator hubs scattered across the county.

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