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Stage 2 Preview

July 2, 2014
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SUNDAY, JULY 6TH – STAGE 2 – 201km

York to Sheffield

The course of this awesome stage looks like a carbon copy of LiŠge-Bastogne-LiŠge. This is not your run-of-the-mill start to the Tour, but it is set to be thrilling because the overall favourites will have to avoid being caught napping. I think they will all be in the mix, especially Froome, Contador, Nibali and Valverde. On this terrain, I would rather put my money on them than on Sagan, as the climbs may well be a bit too tough for his taste. All this is to stay that we should expect to see one hell of a fight during the Yorkshire chapter, at least if the best riders are willing to light the fireworks…

Intermediate sprint York / Sheffield 201KM

Km 68.5 – KEIGHLEY (Entr‚e)

Last km York / Sheffield 201KM

Start: York

Well before inspiring the final name of the most populated town in the United-States, York developed from a Roman city. Its antique name, Eburacum, actually links it to Evry, another stage city of the 2014 Tour, where the riders will take off one last time, three weeks later. Since that period, York has welcomed the professional cycling pack on several occasions during the Milk Race or the Tour of Britain. The last visit was back in 2009 for a stage conquered by Australian Chris Sutton.

Stage town for the 1st time

Major city in North Yorkshire

Population : 202,000 inhabitants

Economy : tourism: more than 7 million visitors each year bringing with them œ600 million (730 million euros), biotechnology, creative and digital industries, rail construction, financial services. The University of York and York St John University

Culture : York Minster, the largest gothic building in North Europe, Clifford’s Tower, the longest and best preserved XII century ramparts in England, The Shambles, medieval street, York Theatre Royal, National Railway Museum, the largest rail museum in the world. Festivals: Jorvik Viking Festival, Food and Drink Festival

Sport : York City Football Club, York City Knights Rugby Club. Olympic sized velodrome

Specialties : The UK town for chocolate Sustainable Development: York developed the fi rst Park & Pedal program in the United Kingdom. 190 kilometers of cycle paths, a one kilometer purpose built cycle circuit, 2,000 bike parking spaces in the city center.

Label : British Bike Friendly City

Proverb : Let the Banner of York Fly High

Finish: Sheffield

Ninth city of the United Kingdom, Sheffield is for many regarded as the World snooker capital, hosting the World Championships, highlight of the season, since 1927.

But it’s not all about rolling on green felt in Sheffield: child of the town, Malcolm Elliott, learned cycling the hard way on the local roads, before capturing three stage wins on the Vuelta a Espana at the end of the eighties. At that time, the British sprinter made a name for himself in most of the cities of the country with a total of 17 stage victories at the Milk Race.

Stage town for the 1st time

Major city in South Yorkshire

Population : 551,800 inhabitants

Economy : center for iron and steel until the 80s. In the 21st century the main business activities are advanced manufacturing systems, creative and digital industries, medical technology. The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University

Culture : Winter Gardens, one of the largest temperate glasshouses in Europe, the Crucible and Lyceum theatres, the Millennium et Graves galleries, Kelham

Island and Weston Park Museum. Festivals: Doc/Fest (documentaries), Tramlines Music, Off the Shelf (litterature) MADE The Entrepreneur Festival

Sport : Sheffi eld Wednesday, Sheffi eld United, Sheffield FC (football, the world’s fi rst football club, founded in 1857), Sheffi eld Steelers (ice hockey), Sheffield Sharks (basketball), Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. Events : Snooker World Championships

Specialties : Henderson’s Relish (spicy sauce), Liquorice Allsorts (assortment of liquorice sweets) Sustainable Development: the development of a network connecting the green spaces and parks of the city in a series of marked routes across South Yorkshire

Labels : Steel City, the greenest city in England


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