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‘Grandest Départ ever’ - Tour de France Sheffield in numbers

Tour de France 2014 Stage 2 - Sheffield Motorpoint Arena - Finish Line 
Vincenzo Nibali wins and leads in the Peloton

Tour de France 2014 Stage 2 - Sheffield Motorpoint Arena - Finish Line Vincenzo Nibali wins and leads in the Peloton

‘The grandest ever Grand Départ’ is how organisers have labelled the three stages of the Tour de France which began in England, including stage two in Sheffield.

A total of 3.5 million spectators lined the race routes for the ‘amazing experience which no-one will ever forget’, according to Yorkshire Grand Départ.

The race travelled to Sheffield from York for the second stage, passing through Holme Moss and on to areas including Oughtibridge, Bradfield, Grenoside, Hillsborough and Attercliffe to the finish line outside the Motorpoint Arena.

About 500,000 people used Tour hashtags on Twitter during the event, while more than 70 kilometres of bunting was hung on stage routes.

Chief executive of Welcome To Yorkshire Gary Verity said: “People will remember this day for the rest of their lives.

“Everybody said ‘would the people of Sheffield really embrace it?’ You’ve had your answer.

“There are people around the world who had never heard of Yorkshire – they do now. It’s been incredible.”

 

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