Yorkshire Tour de France route

The organisers of the Tour de France announce the route the 2014 race will take through Yorkshire when the region hosts the start of what is the world's biggest annual sporting event.

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Harrogate and Knaresborough reaction

The MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones, says it is marvellous news that Harrogate and Knaresborough will both be a part of the Tour de France’s journey through Yorkshire.

The Grand Depart will finish in Harrogate on day one, after starting in Leeds and go through Knaresborough on day two, after starting in York.

Mr Jones, who is vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire, says Harrogate’s famous hospitality will be on full display when the Tour finishes its first day on the Stray in Harrogate.

“I am delighted with this news, and the people of Harrogate and Knaresborough will be excited that the route comes to this constituency twice and the swell of tourists will make the occasion unforgettable. What Harrogate and Knaresborough has to offer as a backdrop for great sport is just fantastic in terms of business facilities, accommodation, historic sites and beautiful scenery as well as many passionate sporting fans. So the ingredients are already here to warmly welcome the Tour with open arms.”

– Andrew Jones MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough

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