North Lincolnshire misses out as Tour de France 2014 route announced
Despite hopes of the world's best cyclists passing through
the region, North Lincolnshire will not feature in the 2014 Tour de France, it
was announced this morning.
It was announced last year that a Yorkshire-led bid had won
the right to stage the opening of the 2014 race, known as the Grand Depart.
Last month, Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole, met with
counterparts from across Yorkshire, to discuss the plans for the route.
Mr Percy said the Tour passing over the Humber Bridge would
prove an 'iconic image' and was hopeful of the area being included in the
But organisers have today announced the route will begin in
Leeds on July 5 2014, before passing through the Yorkshire Dales and finishing
Stage two, on July 6, will begin in York and then finish in
The third stage, on July 7, will start in Cambridge and take
in the Olympic Park, before finishing in the Mall.
Mr Percy previously said that even if the region was not
included in the route, the region would still benefit from the 2014 event.
He said: "If we don't get the Tour then we hope to get other
big cycling races.
"Around £300 million will be created for the region and with
more people coming, we can also benefit from an increase in tourism."