Delay to launch of Sheffield Tour route

Mark Cavendish, left, and Sir Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour
Mark Cavendish, left, and Sir Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour
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Sheffield may have to wait until next year to find out where its stage of the Tour De France will run - despite the formal launch of the race routes.

Organisers outlined the 2014 race at a launch in Paris - and interactive maps have been put online for the Grand Depart in the UK.

Although the July 6 leg is shown coming into Sheffield from Bradfield - to Worrall, Oughtibridge and Grenoside - the line on the map ends abruptly at Leppings Lane, Hillsborough.

Streets between there and the finish, at the city’s Motorpoint Arena, are not shown.

Welcome to Yorkshire, which is promoting the Grand Depart, says Sheffield is the only area in Yorkshire where the route has not been finalised.

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “The route in Sheffield is not due to be revealed until March.”

The delay is due to concerns that plans to use Herries Road would disrupt ambulances around the Northern General Hospital.

The race could be re-routed via Kelham Island, then out to Wincobank and up Jenkin Hill, before finishing at the arena.

Yesterday’s launch coincided with Sheffield businesses having a debate at Victoria Quays about using publicity from the race to attract investment.

Sheffield is to benefit from £5 million of marketing exposure and a worldwide TV audience of 3.5 billion.

Benefits are also expected in neighbouring areas. Tony Favell, chair of the Peak Park Authority, said: “We’ll be working flat out to give a huge welcome to spectators. We have one of the most spectacular climbs, at Holme Moss.”

Sections in Barnsley borough include Flouch and Langsett. Diana Terris, Barnsley Council chief executive, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity.”

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