Updated: 04/07/2013 15:15 | By Lee Harvey, editor, MSN Sport

Cycling commentator Phil Liggett reveals the 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.

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 the voice of cycling, commentator Phil Liggett.

Starting on Saturday 5 July 2014, stage one of the Tour de France will set out from Leeds touring through the Yorkshire Dales before finishing in Harrogate.

Will Mark Cavendish be celebrating a 2014 Tour stage victory on home shores? (© AP Photo-Laurent Rebours)

Will Mark Cavendish be celebrating a 2014 Tour stage victory on home shores?

The Grand Depart then moves to York on Sunday 6 July, passing through Huddersfield towards the finish line for Stage 2 in Sheffield. Finally on Monday 7 July 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.

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 and highlights how cyclists can access detailed paper and digital mapping from Ordnance Survey to help them plan and then live the routes.

2014 Tour de France - stages 1-3

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

05/07/2013 17:36

oooh i cant wait for this one !!!!

i will be on the top of holme moss hours before the TDF comes..

if you are planning to go to the holmfirth stage, take plenty of food and drink ?

its in the middle of no where ... also some warm clothing is advisable .


see you there cycle fans . its not to be missed

05/07/2013 11:52
I hope that the road surfaces for the tour are smooth and there are no pot holes, and the policing on the roads are better than they are when other road racing is done, i think that they should have the course close to traffic all day like they do in France. I can not wait for the tour to come next year.
05/07/2013 20:34
are you also going to preview how drug ridden this sport is? with the exception of Bradley Wiggins is there a winner of the the tour not tainted by drugs? Is there any other sport allowed to get away with blatant drug use like the the tour? 
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