The exact route of the 2014 Tour de France has been revealed in Paris.
The stars of cycling including defending Tour champion Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish, who has family in the district, will compete for the first Yellow Jersey of the 2014 Tour during a sprint finish on West Park in Harrogate.
Stage one begins at Leeds’ Millenium Square, passing Otley, Skipton and Masham before entering Ripon on Palace Road, before turning on to the A6108 North Road at the Clocktower.
Riders will then take to the by-pass, following the A61 past Ripley and through Killinghall.
Following Ripon Road into Harrogate, the cyclists will take to Parliament Street before the sprint finish.
Stage two, on July 6 starts in York, travelling along the A59 into Knaresborough.
Riders will pass King James’s School and cycle directly through Knaresborough High Street, turning down Bond End and cycling to Starbeck.
The route then follows Knaresborough Road before turning off at the Empress roundabout, and following Skipton Road out of town.
Sticking to the A59, the route passes Blubberhouses and continuing before riders turn off on to the B6160 to Addingham, heading south to Sheffield.
And Le Tour will pass through Harrogate’s twin town of Bagnéres de Luchon on July 22.
Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity presented the county as hosts in the Paris announcment, which also revealed for the first time where Le Tour will visit in France.
Gary Verity said: “It was an honour to be able to represent Yorkshire at the presentation today and to showcase our proud county.
“Yorkshire’s will be the greatest Grand Départ in the history of the Tour de France. We will raise the bar for all future hosts with our Cultural Festival 100 days before the race, two stunning stages and a legacy that leaves a cycling imprint on the county which lasts for generations.
“The Grand Départ will put Yorkshire on the map as a destination capable of hosting world class events in a world class location, providing a springboard to greater things. “We are excited, we are proud and we are ready to welcome the world.”
Christian Prudhomme, director of Le Tour, said: “We are excited to take Le Tour back to Britain again.
“I know the Grand Départ in Yorkshire will be visually stunning and technically challenging and the third stage from the cycling city of Cambridge to the historic heart of London will provide a fitting finale.
“The British cycling fans are passionate people and I am sure they will line the routes of the three stages cheering the teams and riders all the way from Yorkshire to London, providing an unforgettable start to the 2014 Tour.”
See this week’s Harrogate Advertiser for more coverage and reaction, as well as full route details