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Leeds Scores 'Major Coup' By Landing Opening Stage Of 2014 Tour De France
Published December 17, 2012
A MAJOR COUP: In London, Alex Bath reported the right to host the opening stage of the Tour de France is "a major coup for Yorkshire, boosting its sporting status still farther" after its athletes won five Gold Medals at the London Games, more than any other British county. The peloton "will also visit London on its way to France, seven years after it last came to the capital." It will begin in Yorkshire with two days of competition around Leeds. The peloton will then head to London for a stage, before returning to France. The Tour last visited London during the '07 opening prologue, when 1 million people saw Fabian Cancellara win the opening individiual time trial. There had been "a number of bids" to host the 2014 opening, but a visit to the Tour organisers by the Yorkshire delegation in October "appears to have swung the decision in their favour" (LONDON TIMES, 12/14).