Tour de France 2014: Where to watch the Tour

Stage 1:

Leeds to Harrogate

Stage 1

Leeds (City Centre):

Press Association
  • Departure - Saturday 11:10
  • The publicity caravan sets off from here before the race at 09:00
  • A chance to see the riders get off their busses and prepare to etch their name into history
  • Vantage points along the Headrow, Victoria Gardens and Eastgate

Buttertubs Pass:

Buttertubs Pass Credit: letour.yorkshire.com
  • ETA - Saturday 14:21
  • 4.5km of steep ups, downs and stunning scenery
  • Highest point of Stage 1
  • The length and gradient means the riders will be strung out over a longer distance, making for great viewing opportunities

Grinton Moor:

Grinton Moor Credit: Press Association
  • ETA - Saturday 14:56
  • Tight, narrow roads enclosed by walls with houses at the bottom
  • The peloton will split up further along this 3km stretch
  • A good place to get close to the riders, but could be very busy

Harrogate:

The Royal Baths, Harrogate
The Royal Baths, Harrogate Credit: Press Association
  • ETA - Saturday 16:17
  • The final stretch towards the finish of stage 1
  • This could go towards deciding who will take both the Yellow and Green jerseys
  • Head to one of the spectator hubs to watch the race throughout the day

Stage 2:

York to Sheffield

Stage 2

York:

The Tour de France riders will pass by York Minster
The Tour de France riders will pass by York Minster Credit: Press Association
  • Departure - Sunday 11:20
  • Riders will set off for the second stage from the spectator hub at York racecourse
  • The riders will wind their way through the historic streets before heading out onto the open roads
  • Tickets for the start are all sold out - but there is another spectator hub at Monk's Cross

Holme Moss (Holmfirth):

Holme Moss, near Holmfirth
Holme Moss, near Holmfirth Credit: letour.yorkshire.com
  • ETA - Sunday 14:49
  • Considered as one of the key places to watch the Tour in the region
  • The 4.7km stretch will be very busy, so arriving early is advised to get a good view and get close to the riders
  • Banks and hillocks near the road will provide great platforms to see the race - but remember to stay safe

The Jawbone (Sheffield):

The lead in to "The Jawbone'
The lead in to "The Jawbone' Credit: letour.yorkshire.com
  • ETA - Sunday 15:40
  • Oughtibridge Lane, known locally as 'The Jawbone' could become infamous in Tour history
  • The sharp bend at the bottom of a steep downhill section just outside of Sheffield could result in a crash
  • Get to the top of the hill for a good vantage as the riders go past

Jenkin Road (Sheffield):

  • ETA - Sunday 16:06
  • Just 5km from the finish line, and only 800m long, this ramp has a 10.8% gradient could make or break the race for some
  • The severity of the climb should mean the riders take several minutes to pass through
  • Head to the church near the steepest part for a prime view

Spectator Hubs:

Don't forget you can see all of the action from the comfort of your own home on ITV4 or on the ITV Sport website.