Nearly 2 million fans lined the streets of Leeds on Saturday to watch the first stage of the 21-stage Tour De France premier bicycling race. TV viewers just tuning in mid-stage might have been surprised to see the 198 cyclists peddling through a British city, but this is the fourth Tour in the event's 101-year history to include stages in England, with additional stages happening in Belgium and Spain.
There are nine new cities on the 40-city, 2,277-mile route this year: Leeds (stage 1), Harrogate (stage 1), York (stage 2), Sheffield (stage 2) and Cambridge (stage 3), all in England; Ypres (stage 5), Oyonnax (stage 11), Risoul (stage 14) and Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour (stage 19).
Stage 3 concluded in London on Monday afternoon with some riders criticizing the crowds for dangerously trying to take selfies too close to the course. On Tuesday, July 8, Stage 4 starts in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage and finishes 101 miles later in Lille Métropole. Check out the route of each stage on the map below:
Saturday, July 5th: Leeds / HarrogatePhoto: letour.frSunday, July 6th: York / SheffieldPhoto: letour.frMonday, July 7th: Cambridge / LondresPhoto: letour.frStage 2 of the Tour de France starts Tuesday, July 8, in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage.Photo: letour.frWednesday, July 9th: Ypres / Arenberg Porte du HainautPhoto: letour.frThursday, July 10th: Arras/ReimsPhoto: letour.frFriday, July 11th: Épernay / NancyPhoto: letour.frSaturday, July 12th: Tomblaine / Gérardmer La MauselainePhoto: letour.frSunday, July 13th: Gérardmer / MulhousePhoto: letour.frMonday, July 14th: Mulhouse / La Planche des Belles FillesPhoto: letour.frWednesday, July 16th: Besançon / OyonnaxPhoto: letour.frThursday, July 17th: Bourg-en-Bresse / Saint-ÉtiennePhoto: letour.frFriday July 18th: Saint-Étienne / Chamrousse Photo: letour.frSaturday, July 19th: Grenoble / RisoulPhoto: letour.frSunday, July 20th: Tallard / NîmesPhoto: letour.frTuesday, July 22nd: Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-LuchonPhoto: letour.frWednesday, July 23rd: Saint-Gaudens / Saint-Lary Pla d'AdetPhoto: letour.frThursday, July 24th: Pau / HautacamPhoto: letour.frFriday, July 25th: Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour / BergeracPhoto: letour.frSaturday, July 26th: Bergerac / PérigueuxPhoto: letour.frSunday, July 27th: Évry / Paris Champs-ÉlyséesPhoto: letour.fr
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