The route for the Yorkshire leg of the 2014 Tour de France was revealed today.

Race organisers announced last month that a Yorkshire-led bid had won the right to host the opening ‘Grand Depart’ of the world’s most famous bike race.

Two stages will be held in the county on July 5 and 6 next year while the third stage of the 101st Tour will finish in London before heading to France.

The first stage, which starts in Leeds, will take in Otley – home of Olympic silver-medal winning cyclist Lizzie Armitstead, Ilkley and Skipton.

Stage two starts in York and passes through  Bolton Abbey, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth and Huddersfield with Sheffield hosting the finish.

This will be the second time Britain has hosted the Grand Depart and the fourth visit in all following a single stage in Plymouth in 1974 and two across the south of England 20 years later.

If you are travelling to watch the Tour de France, why not stay over in Otley, relax in one of the family friendly pubs with accommodation. The Black Horse Hotel or The Horse & Farrier.

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