The Yorkshire leg of the 2014 Tour de France will take in large parts of the county, it has been announced.

The route includes the Yorkshire Dales and many of the county’s towns and villages, though much of the east of the Broad Acres misses out.

The 2014 Tour will begin in Leeds, before, heading for Harewood House and onto Otley.  The riders will then travel over Ilkley Moor, to Skipton, into upper Wharfedale, through Threshfield, Kilnsey, Arncliffe and Kettlewell.

The route then takes in Aysgarth Falls and the Buttertubs pass before heading for Bolton Castle and then onto Richmond.

The route then snakes towards Middleham before taking in Jervaulx, Rievaulx and Fountains Abbeys. Next up is Ripon, with a spectacular sprint finish on The Stray in Harrogate.

Stage two starts in the city of York, and cyclists will head for Knaresborough, then onto Bolton Abbey, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, and then to Hebden Bridge.

From there, the cyclists will travel to Elland, Huddersfield and Holmfirth before descending into Sheffield for the stage two finish.

Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith said, “I am delighted that the Tour de France organisers have recognised the unique beauty of my constituency.

“With a worldwide television audience of 3.5 billion people in 188 countries, this opportunity to promote where we live to tourists and where we work to businesses is too good to miss. Skipton, Ripon, Upper Wharfedale, and Masham will all benefit massively from this event and will give the Tour de France a great welcome.

“We saw how big the Olympic Torch Relay was last year but the Tour de France is on a much bigger scale. Each night of the Tour, 1,200 hotel rooms are booked and 2,000 journalists travel with the race along its route.”

However there was disappointment in the Wolds and coast areas, which have not been included in the route.

Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart said, “I’m very disappointed to hear the Tour de France will not be coming to the East Riding but I know bringing the Tour to Yorkshire in the first place is a tremendous achievement.

“It would have been great if it could have come to the home of cycling in Yorkshire and come to Beverley and the iconic Humber Bridge.”

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