Le Grand Depart will take place in Leeds in Yorkshire, with the event organisers anticipating being able to attract more than 1million roadside spectators to the  iconic cycle race.

“After an exceptional year for British cycling, marked by Bradley Wiggins’s historic win in the Tour de France, the United Kingdom will again be honoured in 2014,” a statement from race organisers ASO said.

“The Grand Depart of the 101st Tour de France will be on 5 July in Leeds in the county of Yorkshire.

It will be the fourth time the tour has included stages in the UK.

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