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Le Tour Yorkshire

In July 2014, Yorkshire played host to the 101st edition of the Tour de France for what many called the most spectacular Grand Départ of all time!

Opening Ceremony and Team Presentation

Tour de France Opening Ceremony The Tour de France 2014 Opening Ceremony and Team Presentation saw the biggest stars from the world of cycling grace the stage as part of a spectacular live entertainment event.

It was the biggest in the history of the Tour, taking place at the Leeds Arena on the evening of July 3, just two days before the Tour's Yorkshire Grand Départ.

Yorkshire welcomed 22 of the world's best cycling teams, including the stars of British cycling, in a glittering ceremony showcasing some of the county's top entertainment talent.

Yorkshire band Embrace headlind the event, their first arena gig since their sell-out comeback tour and album.

Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh joined York singer/songwriter Alistair Griffin on stage to perform The Road - the official anthem of Yorkshire's Grand Départ 2014.

Band Hope & Social with Grassington Festival from Yorkshire Festival 2014 brought the Tour of Infinite Possibility featuring 100 performers in the Band Anyone Can Join to sing their festival song "The Big Wide".

Ghost Peloton performed, drawing on the spirit of the Tour de France with complex and extraordinarily athletic choreography inspired by the wheel in motion and performed on film by Phoenix's dancers.

Finally, the orchestra and chorus of Opera North performed music specially created for the event throughout the ceremony, conducted by composer Philip Sheppard, who also composed music for London 2012.

The Grand Départ 2014 - Yorkshire - Opening Ceremony

 

Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate - Saturday 5th July 2014

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Starting in Leeds and finishing with a sprint into Harrogate, this stage also took in the outstanding scenery and breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere of the Yorkshire Dales

Stage Winner: Marcel Kittel

General Classification: Marcel Kittel

Points Classification: Peter Sagan

Youth Classification: Peter Sagan

Mountain Classification: Jens Voigt!

Tour de France - Stage 1

 

Stage 2: York to Sheffield - Sunday 6th July 2014

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A stage of ancient and modern, starting in York and finishing in Sheffield. This definitely challenged the peloton with a blend of iconic scenery and countless short, sharp climbs.

Stage Winner: Vincenzo Nibali

General Classification: Vincenzo Nibali

Points Classification: Peter Sagan

Youth Classification: Peter Sagan

Mountain Classification: Cyril Lemoine

Tour de France - Stage 2

 

Stage 3: Cambridge to London - Monday 7th July 2014

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Stage 3 started in Cambridge, passed through Essex and finished in London on The Mall.

Stage Winner: Marcel Kittel

General Classification: Vincenzo Nibali

Points Classification: Peter Sagan

Youth Classification: Peter Sagan

Mountain Classification: Cyril Lemoine

Tour de France - Stage 3

 

Legacy

Legacy

More people cycling more often

Cycle Yorkshire is a unique initiative seeking to use Yorkshire's Grand Depart to deliver a region wide cycling legacy for all generations and all abilities.

The last 10 years has seen a revolution in British cycling with Olympic and Tour de France successes galvanising enthusiasm and participation in the sport. Cycling has the potential to help address major social issues in the region through promoting healthy living, increasing green travel, boosting tourism and supporting social inclusion. Yorkshire has a rich cycling heritage.

The region is home to pioneers of British professional cycling such as Beryl Burton, Brian Robinson, Barry Hoban and Malcolm Elliott. More recently Yorkshire athletes Ed Clancy and Lizzie Armistead have been at the heart of British Olympic success.

Every year Yorkshire plays host to major races on the cycling calendar from professional road races to world cup mountain biking. Ilkley, Otley and Clifton cycle clubs are among the oldest in the country. Their members join thousands of other enthusiasts to take part in the hundreds of organised sportives and mass participation cycling events across the county each year.

The drive and passion for cycling in Yorkshire has a long history. Participation is above the national average across our region and York has been named in the top three best cycling cities in the country.

This is a great base from which to start but there is still a lot do. All Councils and Cycle Yorkshire partners are committed to building Yorkshire's cycling reputation even further.

There is still much to do

There are wide discrepancies in cycling infrastructure, participation and opportunities across the region. Cycle Yorkshire recognises this and has outlined five key areas of focus to address these differences. In conjunction with local authorities, key partners and its members, Cycle Yorkshire is a broad alliance of enthusiastic and passionate people who are committed to delivering a significant and enduring legacy of the Tour de France's visit to Yorkshire for this and future generations to come. 

A legacy for everyone

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for most children. The vast majority of us will remember our first bike, our first ride, that moment where the instability disappears and zooming around on two wheels feels as natural as a walk to the shop. It provides a new degree of freedom and independence, the ability to go where you want under your own steam; that injection of effort to climb a hill and the joy of descending the other side, becoming fitter with every ride.

Our view is that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy this experience and we hope this is yours too. This is why we ask every person in our great region to make it even greater and do your bit to get on your bike, ride more often and encourage others to do the same.

Too often, however, this enthusiasm and passion for cycling remains just a happy childhood memory and the bike gets consigned to the garage all too quickly. The practical issues of cycling to work, highway concerns, lack of awareness and confidence on how to get involved mean that cycling is sometimes overlooked as a leisure, travel and sporting choice.

Cycle Yorkshire has outlined five overall key objectives to address these issues and to get more people cycling more often in Yorkshire over the next 10 years:

1. Get more people cycling
Provide adults and children with greater training and access to cycling to build both the current and next generation of cycling enthusiasts, commuters and maybe even the next sporting heroes.

2. Make choosing cycling easier
Work closely with local authorities, businesses and partners to improve cycling infrastructure and facilities to address both real and perceived barriers to cycling.

3. More events to take part in
Broaden both the number and awareness of cycling events and opportunities for people of all generations and abilities to get involved.

4. Greater awareness of cycling and cyclists
Undertake a range of campaigns and events to generate a wider appreciation of the benefits of cycling, travel planning, bike safety and cycle friendly routes.

5. A thriving network of cycling businesses & social enterprises
Encourage and support all cycling related businesses in the region to provide a dedicated network of experts to sustain the Yorkshire's growing cycling community.

This can only be achieved by each and everyone of us living, working, investing and indeed visiting Yorkshire to do their bit, whether personally or professionally and make every part of our region the best place to live and the best place to cycle in for all the health, financial and environment benefits and especially because it is fun and brings families and communities together. 

More information

Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 - All the information you'll need about The Grand Départ this year. Opening ceremony, stages, travel, spectator guides, maps, quizzes, events...

Cycle Yorkshire - Yorkshire from a cycling standpoint. Legacy, strategy, education packs, inspiration, films and more!

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