Tour de France Grand Depart Trophy Arrives In Leeds

LEEDS, United Kingdom, Jan 09, 2014 (AFP) – Leeds, the northern English
venue for the start of this year’s Tour de France, took delivery of the Grand
Depart trophy on Thursday.

The eyes of the cycling world will be on Leeds in some six months’ time
when the 2014 Tour starts on July 5, with Britain’s Chris Froome set to defend
the title he won last year.

In all there will be three stages in England, with the first two in
Yorkshire, as the peloton passes through Leeds, the Dales, Harrogate, York and
Sheffield, before a third stage from Cambridge to London.

“The interest and media coverage in the last couple of weeks to mark the
new year and six months to go is an indication of how excited everyone is
getting around Leeds and Yorkshire hosting the start of the Tour de France,”
said Keith Wakefield, the leader of Leeds City Council.

“We are honored to host the Grand Depart trophy and hope lots of people
come and see it and are inspired to get involved and support what is sure to
be an amazing event when the Tour comes to Leeds in July.”