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Tour de France to Start in England in 2014, Organizers Say

Tour de France to Start in England in 2014, Organizers Say
The 2007 Tour de France began in London. Photographer: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- The Tour de France will start in the north England county of Yorkshire in 2014, organizers of cycling’s top race said.

The race’s beginning, known as the “Grand Depart,” will return to Britain for the first time in seven years when the 101st edition starts from Leeds. The 2007 Tour began in London.

“After an outstanding 2012 for British cycling, marked by the historical victory of Bradley Wiggins on the Tour de France, the United Kingdom will again hold pride of place in 2014,” a statement from tour organizer Amaury Sports Organization today read.

The race will move on to London before heading to France. Full route details will be announced next month, ASO said.

Next year’s 100th edition of the Tour de France begins in Corsica on June 29.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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