Tour de France to visit Harewood

Harewood will be on the Tour de France route when the world’s biggest cycle race comes to Yorkshire in 2014.

Le Grand Départ will leave Leeds on Saturday, July 5 2014 and travel through the Dales before a sprint finish in Harrogate.

The riders will set off from Leeds and race through Harewood to Skipton and then on Upper Wharfedale through Threshfield, Kilnsey, Arncliffe and Kettlewell before returning through Masham, North Stainley, Ripon and South Stainley before a thrilling sprint finish in Harrogate.

On day two riders will come back to the district passing through Knaresborough en route between York and Sheffield.

The announcement has come at a press conference in Paris this morning before a public celebration in Leeds this evening.

Yorkshire’s biggest ever sporting coup is believed to be worth more than £100m to the region’s economy.

Race organisers have visited the district examining logistical issues – cyclists and the Tour entourage will require 5,000 hotel rooms.

Full details of the exact route are expected to be made at a press conference with Welcome to Yorkshire later this afternoon.