The route for the 2014 Tour de France, which will take in the Yorkshire countryside and London, will channel the spirit of the London 2012 Olympics by having a finish in the Mall.

The first stage in Yorkshire will see the riders go through Ilkley and Skipton, and then through the heart of the Dales to Leyburn in North Yorkshire before turning south to the stage finish in Harrogate.

The second stage will begin in York and take in Keighley, Haworth - famous as the home of the Brönte sisters - Hebden Bridge and Huddersfield with a finish in Sheffield.

The Olympic connection will see another stage of the race end in the Mall in central London - the finishing line for the road races at London 2012 - after doing a circuit of the Olympic Park in Stratford.

the mall

The Mall

The Grand Depart will return to Britain for the first time since 2007, when one million people lined the streets of London for the Tour's opening prologue.

It was announced in December Britain would be hosting the Grand Depart for the second time and the fourth visit in total following a single stage in Plymouth in 1974 and two across the south of England 20 years later.

Yorkshire has a rich cycling tradition, with Britain's first Tour stage winner Brian Robinson hailing from Mirfield.