15 Dec 2012

2014 Tour de France to start in Yorkshire

11:22 am on 15 December 2012

The start of the 2014 Tour de France cycle event will begin in the northern English county of Yorkshire.

Yorkshire, which has some of England's most scenic countryside as well as former industrial towns such as Leeds and Bradford, has been lobbying intensely to host the start of the race.

Tour organisers Amaury Sports Organisation selected Yorkshire over a separate bid from Edinburgh, although the Scottish capital remains in the running to host a future overseas start.

Full route details will be announced next month but the race will start in Leeds on July 5th, 2014 before a stage finish in London.

Next year's race - the 100th edition - starts for the first time on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.