It’s official: The Tour de France is coming to Calderdale in 2014.
The first details of the stages for the Yorkshire Grand Depart were announced at a Press conference in Paris this morning.
And stage two, which will take place on Sunday, July 6, will take the 200-strong peloton from York to Sheffield, via Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Cragg Vale, Elland and Huddersfield.
Route maps are due to be released later today, but the climbs of Oxenhope Moor, Cragg Vale and Ripponden Bank all seem likely to feature, along with the iconic Holme Moss ascent above Holmfirth, on a day likened by organisers to the infamously hilly Liege-Bastogne-Liege one day race.
Stage One takes the race from Leeds to Harrogate via the Yorkshire Dales, with Stage Three running from Cambridge to London, with a finish on The Mall.
The UK route of the 2014 Tour de France
Stage one: Leeds - Harewood - Otley - Ilkley - Skipton - Kettlewell - Aysgarth - Hawes - Reeth - Leyburn - Ripon - Harrogate
Stage two: York - Knaresborough - Silsden - Keighley - Haworth - HEBDEN BRIDGE - CRAGG VALE - ELLAND - Huddersfield - Holmfirth - Sheffield
Stage three: Cambridge - Epping Forest - the Olympic Park - the Mall