The Tour de France is coming to Leeds in 2014!
We are delighted that Leeds has been chosen as the host city for the start of the 2014 Tour de France – the world’s largest annual sporting event.
The announcement that the Yorkshire bid had been successful was made by the race organisers in Paris on Friday 14 December 2012, with Leeds to host the prestigious start (Grand Départ) of the legendary cycling event won in 2012 by British star Bradley Wiggins.
Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield responded to the news by saying:
“We are honoured that Leeds has been chosen to be the host city of the 2014 Grand Départ. Leeds has a proud racing and riding history so it will be wonderful to welcome the biggest cycle race of them all to the heart of our vibrant city centre and to inspire a new generation of Yorkshire cyclists to compete on the world stage.”
Discussions with the organisers are progressing to finalise details, with more information expected to be announced early in 2013.
The Yorkshire bid to host the start of the Tour de France was discussed by senior councillors in Leeds at the executive board meeting in October 2012. The report discussed at the meeting can be seen in the downloads section below.