Yorkshire wins bid to host Tour de France

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Yorkshire has won its bid to host the first two stages of the 2014 Tour de France

It is the first time the race will start on British shores since 2007, when the Grand Depart was held in London and Kent.

Yorkshire was chosen ahead of a rival bid from Edinburgh.

Council leader Coun Tim Swift hopes the route will travel through Calderdale when it comes to the county in 18 months’ time.

He said: “This is fantastic news for Yorkshire. It would be wonderful if the Tour de France came to Calderdale – it would put the borough’s spectacular cycling routes and proud cycling heritage on the world stage, while having great benefits for the area.”

As reported by the Courier, Calderdale Council has agreed to set aside up to £160,000 to help bring part of the race, which will start in Leeds, through Calderdale.

Calderdale Coun Simon Young (Lab, Ludd Ft) said it was amazing news for Yorkshire.

“The organisers should seriously think about including Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale in the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France,” he said.

“We are lucky to boast England’s longest continuous incline, reaching over 1,000ft above sea level.

“The winding heather-clad route of Cragg Road represents a major challenge for cyclists, tempered only by the amazing scenery!”