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15 Dec 2012 01:07

I have quite a lot of sheffield bias here, but id love to see a stage finishing in the city. Unfortunately organisers would have it finishing in the city centre preventing it being an uphill finish instead of finishing on top of hagg hill or pea royd lane.
There couldnt really be much more motivation for Adam Bltyhe and Ben Swift...
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15 Dec 2012 02:00

I think we can thank BMW for this. After saying he was
going for the Giro next year Prudhomme begged him to
defend his Tour title and Brad said "Okay, if you give
Yorkshire the Grand Depart in 2014." Thank you BMW.
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15 Dec 2012 04:55

I only wish they could include james herriot museum on the route very unlikely lol
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15 Dec 2012 09:38

I did have a crazy fantasy involving the tour taking in Shibden Wall on the stage to Sheffield... TOB or Milk Race went up there one year...the look on the faces of the riders as the got to the top was priceless. A good few carried their bikes. Steep incline with cobbles. :D

More realistically they will take in Cragg Vale on that day, which is perfect for me. Holme Moss is the other candidate. Cow and Calf for scenery perhaps.

Personally, I'd like to see them go via Grassington, Kilnsey, Arncliffe and Malham...but it won't happen, sadly.

Anyway, it's brilliant news.
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15 Dec 2012 09:45

Seriously, why the heck is the Tour starting in one of Europe's most waterdown trashyards?
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15 Dec 2012 09:50

MatParker117 wrote:Don't forget the opening Time Trial for Wiggo/Froome.


Christ, this can't go wrong.
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15 Dec 2012 09:52

Don't worry BR, there's nowhere in Britain as downtrodden as your country has made half of Southern Europe.
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15 Dec 2012 13:01

Bavarianrider wrote:Seriously, why the heck is the Tour starting in one of Europe's most waterdown trashyards?


MONEY?;)

IMO to much UK start
Tour organizers dont remember who make his race to the top
not normal:D

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bartalis-son-disappointed-by-yorkshire-tour-de-france-start
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15 Dec 2012 13:06

Firenze or Leeds. Yeah I would definitely choose the latter.
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15 Dec 2012 13:28

Bavarianrider wrote:Seriously, why the heck is the Tour starting in one of Europe's most waterdown trashyards?


Spoken by a troll who most likely has never been.
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15 Dec 2012 14:02

Eee by-eck that'll be fun!!
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15 Dec 2012 14:05

I think it's great they're starting in a city that was barely affected by World War I, directly that is.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


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15 Dec 2012 14:14

El Pistolero wrote:I think it's great they're starting in a city that was barely affected by World War I, directly that is.


What does WWI have to do with cycling?
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15 Dec 2012 14:15

Arnout wrote:What does WWI have to do with cycling?


1914 --> 2014

Cycling is a sport where history is important.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


The Hitch wrote:Goss will woop boonens candy a[color="Black"]ss[/color] in a sprint he cares about, any day of the week
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15 Dec 2012 14:20

Well, then we should 'celebrate' by not organizing these races at all, since that's what happened during WWI.
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15 Dec 2012 14:27

El P might like to reflect on whether or not an entire generation of Yorkshire men was decimated in the war which hardly affected them, trying to fight for Belgium's freedom.
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15 Dec 2012 14:31

El Pistolero wrote:1914 --> 2014

Cycling is a sport where history is important.


In 2015 it will be the 200th anniversary of Waterloo and the 600th anniversary of Agincourt. Which do you think the French will choose to commerate?
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15 Dec 2012 14:32

Waterloo Sunrise wrote:El P might like to reflect on whether or not an entire generation of Yorkshire men was decimated in the war which hardly affected them, trying to fight for Belgium's freedom.


That was hardly their real reason, more like maintaining the status quo on Continental Europe.

It would be much better to run the race along these battlefields. The main burial place here for soldiers of WWI in Belgium is in fact British territory and it's a beautiful area to pass by.

I wouldn't mind the Tour starting in Verdun by the way, Belgium already had a Tour start this year. They can do a quick detour to Ypres though.

You need a symbol and Yorkshire just isn't a symbol for WWI.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


The Hitch wrote:Goss will woop boonens candy a[color="Black"]ss[/color] in a sprint he cares about, any day of the week
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15 Dec 2012 14:36

El Pistolero wrote:1914 --> 2014

Cycling is a sport where history is important.


Yeah, I get that. I just don't see why cycling should get involved in remembrances like this. Cycling and war history are unrelated.
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15 Dec 2012 14:40

Arnout wrote:Yeah, I get that. I just don't see why cycling should get involved in remembrances like this. Cycling and war history are unrelated.


Many great cyclists died during the first World War. Paris-Roubaix got its nickname "hell of the north" because of the first World War.

It's hardly unrelated. Of course you have your opinion and I have mine.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


The Hitch wrote:Goss will woop boonens candy a[color="Black"]ss[/color] in a sprint he cares about, any day of the week
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