On announcing the route Christian Prudhomme, director of Le Tour, said:
"We are excited to take Le Tour back to Britain again. I know the Grand Départ in Yorkshire will be visually stunning and technically challenging and the third stage from the cycling city of Cambridge to the historic heart of London will provide a fitting finale.
"The British cycling fans are passionate people and I am sure they will line the routes of the three stages cheering the teams and riders all the way from Yorkshire to London, providing an unforgettable start to the 2014 Tour."
The route for the UK leg of next year's Tour de France has been unveiled in Paris today.
The cyclists will ride through Richmondshire in North Yorkshire for 48 miles, passing though Aysgarth, Hawes, Reeth, Leyburn and Middleham.
Councillor John Blackie, Leader of Richmondshire District Council, said:
"Today marks the start of the countdown to the Tour coming to Richmondshire and the day when the world will beam in on what we have to offer here.
"Our communities are already working hard to make our stage the very best for everyone - local residents, local businesses, riders, backroom staff and estimated visitors lining the route, and a global and web audience of some 3.5 million.
"The tour travels through the stunning scenery of the Upper Dales - what a wonderful backdrop to present to the world. And we hope it will also inspire people to get on their own bikes and take up cycling as a hobby or a sport.
"On top of this is the warm welcome our communities always extend to visitors, where local people go out of their way to ensure they have a great time during their stay here."
– Cllr John Blackie, Leader of Richmondshire District Council