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< Back to news 03 July, 2014

Tour de France comes to Yorkshire

This weekend coming marks a significant sporting event in the UK. The 101st edition of Le Tour will start from the county of Yorkshire with two attractive and spectacular stages before finally arriving in London, seven years after the success of the Grand Départ of Le Tour in 2007 and two years after the London Olympics.

The first stage will start on Saturday 5th July 2014 in front of the Town Hall of Leeds, the main city of Yorkshire. The stage will cover 190 km (120 miles) through the countryside, before reaching Harrogate, where the first Yellow Jersey of the Tour de France 2014 will be awarded.

The next day, the riders will leave from the historic city of York for Sheffield on a very tricky 200-km (125 miles) stage whose final section, especially with the formidable Holme Moss to climb, will resemble a short Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

After two stages in Yorkshire, the peloton will head south on Monday 7th July, with a stage from the University City of Cambridge to London. The capital city will provide the perfect backdrop and a picture-postcard setting for the millions of followers of the Tour de France, with the finish being on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

With over £2 million visitors expected to line the Tour de Yorkshire route alone, this brings great news for trade and feel good factor but how will it affect your business?

Beacon will be keeping all customers trading with specific Beacon suppliers up to date on deliveries and the impact that the Tour de France will have - but all in all, let's hope for an uplift in trade and wish all the cyclists a great race!

More information about road closures and the event itself can be found here: