Scarborough’s Tour de France hopes dashed

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The Yorkshire Route for the Tour de France has been revealed - with Scarborough missing out on the action.

Hopes had been high for a coastal leg of the 2014 race when Yorkshire won the bid to host the Grand Depart in December.

However today’s route announcement has revealed the prestigious sporting event will only come as far east as York.

Leeds will host the Grand Depart on July 5 with stage one covering much of the Yorkshire Dales before finishing in Harrogate.

Stage two will begin in York, heading west through Knaresborough and making its way to a finish in Sheffield.

The race will then head south for a third stage, taking in the London 2012 Olympic Park and ending on the Mall.

Scarborough cycling fans are to be bitterly disappointed by today’s announcements as speculation had hinted at the race travelling from Leeds to the coast via the Yorkshire Moors.

See the Scarborough News Sport section for more reaction.

What do you think? Will go you to see the Yorkshire Grand Depart?

The UK route of the 2014 Tour de France

Stage one

Leeds - Harewood - Otley - Ilkley - Skipton - Kettlewell - Aysgarth - Hawes - Reeth - Leyburn - Ripon - Harrogate

Stage two

York - Knaresborough - Silsden - Keighley - Haworth - Hebden Bridge - Elland - Huddersfield - Holmfirth - Sheffield

Stage three

Cambridge - Epping Forest - the Olympic Park - the Mall