News: Commentating legend Phil Liggett reveals British 2014 Tour de France Route


Helicopter footage reveals exclusive access to the when and where of the event so that you can experience the route ahead of 2014 for the first time

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The world’s greatest cycle race – the Tour de France – is coming back to the UK for the fourth time next year and Ordnance Survey have granted exclusive access to preview the route ahead of 2014 featuring commentating legend, Phil Liggett.

Starting on Saturday 5th July 2014, stage one of the Tour de France will set out from Leeds touring through the Yorkshire Dales before finishing in Harrogate. The Grand Depart then moves to York on Sunday 6th July, passing through Huddersfield towards the finish line for Stage 2 in Sheffield. Finally on Monday the 7th the final leg will start in Cambridge, heading south to London via Epping Forest, including a circuit of the Olympic Park and onto a spectacular finish on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

But you needn’t wait for the event itself to experience the route beforehand by taking on parts of the 2014 course ahead of time. Ordnance Survey is mapping the anticipated route of the UK leg of the Tour De France 2014, to encourage cyclists to be inspired and ‘live the route’ and take part in one of the most famous cycling courses on Earth, following in the tyre tracks of world class athletes one year before the event takes place.

In our video Phil Liggett reveals the route and his hints and tips on what cyclists can expect from the exciting race, with the help of a helicopter and Ordnance Survey. Phil also highlights how cyclists can access detailed paper and digital mapping from Ordnance Survey to help them plan and then live the routes.

Further information:

Ordnance Survey has a suite of mapping products to meet the needs of all cyclists, whether that is online, mobile or paper. These products are the most detailed maps of Great Britain, which include extra detail that can be trusted by any outdoor enthusiast. Ordnance Survey maps show important information which cyclists require including terrain, heights, slopes and points of interest – toilets, picnic areas, pubs etc.

Route of the opening three stages of the 2014 Tour de France

Stage one – Saturday, 5 July
Leeds – Harewood – Otley – Ilkley – Skipton – Kettlewell – Aysgarth – Hawes – Reeth – Leyburn – Ripon – Harrogate

Stage two – Sunday, 6 July
York – Knaresborough – Silsden – Keighley – Haworth – Hebden Bridge – Elland – Huddersfield – Holmfirth – Sheffield

Stage three – Monday, 7 July
Cambridge – Epping Forest – the Olympic Park – the Mall


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