British cities have begun celebrating news they will be hosting the Tour de France in 2014 after organisers confirmed stages will begin in Leeds, York and Cambridge. Details of the exact routes of the first three stages of the race were announced in Paris today.
These included confirmation that the third stage will take in the Olympic Park in London and finish in the capital, on The Mall. A delegation from Yorkshire is now heading back from Paris ahead of a grand celebration in Leeds tonight
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