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Uncharted territory: Le Tour comes further north than ever before

The world's greatest bike race comes to Yorkshire tomorrow and we've got some interesting facts about its time in the region:

  • The Tour has visited Britain three times before - in 1974, 1994 and 2007
  • The two Yorkshire stages cover 391.5km (243 miles) - 190.5km (118 miles) on day one and 201km (125 miles) on day two
  • The riders will complete stage one in about four hours-and-a-half hour and stage two in about five hours
Team bikes on the M1 en route to Yorkshire Credit: Julie Smith
  • 198 riders will take part in the race in 22 teams of nine
  • Estimates are that up to three million people could watch the race as it passes through Yorkshire 300 miles of public roads are being closed for the event
  • The organisers are using 100km of barriers, more than 40,000 traffic cones; 5,400 road signs; 12,000 sandbags; 2,750 portable toilets and 70 km of event bunting
Alpacas won't be the only things in these colours for long in Reeth Credit: Press Association
  • Reeth - a village in Swaledale which is on the stage one route - will be the most northerly point the Tour has ever visited
  • 8,000 stewards will police the route helped by 10,000 Tour Makers, modelled on the London 2012 Games Makers, and more than 1,200 medical personnel
  • A short stretch of Jenkin Road - a suburban street in Sheffield - is the steepest hill on the whole Tour at 30%
Buttertubs Pass near Hawes Credit: Askrigg
  • The highest point on stage one is the Buttertubs Pass - or the Cote de Buttertubs - at 532m (1,745ft). The highest point on stage two is Holme Moss summit at 521m (1,709ft)
  • The Tour de France is 3,664km (2,276 miles) long this year. It finishes onthe Champs-Elysees, in Paris, on July 27
  • Although the first two stages are being celebrated as Yorkshire's Grand Depart, a 1km stretch of stage two passes into the traditional county of Lancashire as it crosses the border into Rochdale. The route also crosses into Derbyshire for a short distance near the Woodhead Pass
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  • The Grand Depart is being followed by 2,000 accredited journalists from 600 media organisations
  • The Tour is broadcast in 188 countries and has an estimated worldwide TV audience of 3.5 billion
  • 1,200 hotel rooms are booked every night of the race for the riders, their teams and the Tour entourage
Brian Robinson Credit: Press Association
  • Brian Robinson - the first Briton to win a Tour stage in 1958 - lives a short distance from the stage two route near Huddersfield

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