Wheels in motion for Scarborough to net Tour de France stage

Scarborough could be set to host a stage of the 2014 Tour de France

Scarborough could be set to host a stage of the 2014 Tour de France

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Scarborough could be set to host a stage of the 2014 Tour de France after Yorkshire’s bid to hold le Grand Depart was successful.

Le Grand Depart encompasses the opening stages of the annual cycling event, with the first two set to be held in Yorkshire before the Tour moves down to London and then onto France.

Scarborough is a prime candidate to host one of the sprint stages, but this won’t be confirmed until January 17.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: ‘Today is a proud day for everyone involved in the bid and the county as a whole.

‘We are honoured that the race organisers, the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), have selected Yorkshire to be the host location of the 2014 Grand Départ.

‘It will mean less than two years after hosting the Olympics the British public can look forward to another of the world’s biggest sporting events coming to the country, and I am in no doubt they will come to Yorkshire in their millions, lining the length and breadth of the route to cheer on the champions of world cycling and our home grown British heroes.

“Yorkshire is a passionate county of proud people and I am sure they will guarantee that their Grand Départ raises the bar in terms of expectations for all future hosts to come.”

An ASO statement read: “The organisers of the Tour de France are pleased to announce that the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014 will take place in the United Kingdom in the county of Yorkshire, before heading to London for a stage finish.

“I’m sure Yorkshire will give the 2014 Tour de France a welcome which will stand out in the race’s rich history.”

More on Scarborough’s hopes of hosting a sprint stage of the 2014 Tour de France in next week’s Scarborough News.