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2014 TdF Grand Depart awarded to Yorkshire

14 Dec 2012 15:59

over the two other candidates Edinburgh, Scotland and Florence, Italy

Yorkshire to host Tour de France 2014 start

"Yorkshire will host the first two days racing on the 5th and 6th July before the Tour heads south for a third stage in southern England, with a finish in London. Leeds will be the host city of the Grand Depart and will hold a festival of cycling and the arts to coincide with the arrival of the Tour. Full details of the stages will be revealed at a joint news conference in Leeds and Paris on 17 January."
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14 Dec 2012 16:03

The Hitch: Winner 2013 Vuelta cq game. Winner, Velorooms prediction game 2012, 2013. 2nd all time cq rankings.
The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.

The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


journalist with integrity.
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14 Dec 2012 16:27

Would love it if they did a stage through North Yorkshire, could be a real hilly stage (even 25% if they could put in sutton bank)

Does anyone know of the stage information or has it not been decided on?
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14 Dec 2012 16:56

So now I know where my vacation will be in 2014:)

Also: Yorkshire was also home to Tom Simpson.
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14 Dec 2012 17:03

del1962 wrote:Would love it if they did a stage through North Yorkshire, could be a real hilly stage (even 25% if they could put in sutton bank)

Does anyone know of the stage information or has it not been decided on?


I saw somewhere that the 1st stage would start in Leeds, finish in York maybe, something about a loop stage starting in York? and finishing in Scarborough. So North Yorkshire's covered - no?
3rd stage in the south finishing in London.
I think the article was on CN News.
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14 Dec 2012 17:06

Tom375 wrote:I saw somewhere that the 1st stage would start in Leeds, finish in York maybe, something about a loop stage starting in York? and finishing in Scarborough. So North Yorkshire's covered - no?
3rd stage in the south finishing in London.
I think the article was on CN News.


Sorry got that wrong - it hasn't been finalised yet but they are suggesting 1st stage Leeds to Scarborough, 2nd stage York to Sheffield.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/swift-targets-2014-yorkshire-tour-de-france-stages
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14 Dec 2012 17:25

Tom375 wrote:Sorry got that wrong - it hasn't been finalised yet but they are suggesting 1st stage Leeds to Scarborough, 2nd stage York to Sheffield.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/swift-targets-2014-yorkshire-tour-de-france-stages



Scarborough finish could definately include North York Moors (after Dales) could be a very hilly stage, good for somene like Gilbert
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14 Dec 2012 17:32

del1962 wrote:Scarborough finish could definately include North York Moors (after Dales) could be a very hilly stage, good for somene like Gilbert

you'd think it would have to - it's beautiful round there. Trying to picture the route from York to Sheffield is a bit more difficult.
Can't get the A1 & M18 out of my head - i'm sure they'll go a different route:D
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14 Dec 2012 18:47

del1962 wrote:Scarborough finish could definately include North York Moors (after Dales) could be a very hilly stage, good for somene like Gilbert


yes could easily squeeze in Sutton Bank and Rosedale Chimney on the route to Scarborough.
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14 Dec 2012 18:52

Good. As long as ASO don't kill it by somehow avoiding the hills of Yorkshire.
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14 Dec 2012 19:14

the asian wrote:Good. As long as ASO don't kill it by somehow avoiding the hills of Yorkshire.


They probably will.
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14 Dec 2012 19:18

rghysens wrote:They probably will.

You mean A1 / M18??:D
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14 Dec 2012 19:32

If you could see the state of Edinburgh at the moment, this is no surprise! Trams, pah:mad:

A team presentation on the Castle esplanade would have been pretty cool though:)
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14 Dec 2012 19:36

the asian wrote:Good. As long as ASO don't kill it by somehow avoiding the hills of Yorkshire.


They just avoided the mountains of Corsica. If 2015 Tour will start in Briancon, they will make a flat stage to Gap. I'm wrong, they will make a downhill stage to Gap. ASO can so easy make a flat stage anywhere in this world. Bring on the Hymalayans, you'll be surprised how much flat is in China.
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14 Dec 2012 22:23

McLovin wrote:They just avoided the mountains of Corsica. If 2015 Tour will start in Briancon, they will make a flat stage to Gap. I'm wrong, they will make a downhill stage to Gap. ASO can so easy make a flat stage anywhere in this world. Bring on the Hymalayans, you'll be surprised how much flat is in China.


yeah, this can easily result in 3 flat stages celebrating Cavendish.
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14 Dec 2012 22:29

Dazed and Confused wrote:yeah, this can easily result in 3 flat stages celebrating Cavendish.


Most probably there will be two flat and one hilly stage to give their new golden boy JTL a chance too.
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14 Dec 2012 22:45

the asian wrote:Most probably there will be two flat and one hilly stage to give their new golden boy JTL a chance too.


Thank god for JTL.
Btw, happy with the Yorkshire depart. Gotta keep the show going.
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14 Dec 2012 23:15

Hopefully the Sheffield stage can finish off a bit like the old ToB stages to the city:

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Finishing in Scarborough, I expect that the really tough climbs will be quite far from the finish, so with this they can thin the bunch out a bit again, before finishing in the city. I anticipate the same run-in as those Tour of Britain stages, but it's a city full of hills. I found this post that creates a route around the city full of short hills that could make things very interesting indeed. None really long, but lots that could entice attacking and make the race hard to control.
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14 Dec 2012 23:43

I think that is the only news I could have scooped the clinic on (but was sworn to secrecy!) Congrats Yorkshire....smarter bid than the rest of Britain put together!....Any good triathletes down your way?:rolleyes: Or a history of women champions?:rolleyes:
Maybe after Scotland gets Independence, Yorkshire will follow:rolleyes:
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15 Dec 2012 01:05

Dazed and Confused wrote:yeah, this can easily result in 3 flat stages celebrating Cavendish.


Don't forget the opening Time Trial for Wiggo/Froome.
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