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VIDEO: Sheffield Tour de France route in 2 mins!

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The world’s biggest sporting event cycles into Sheffield next year when the Tour de France comes to the city and we’ve captured the entire route in this amazing two minute video, writes digital editor Graham Walker.

We filmed the Sheffield stage in a 40 minute car journey and then sped up the footage, adding street name captions, so you can see exactly where it’s going on Sunday, July 6.

And below we have also included a street by street guide.

VIDEO: Press the play button to ‘ride’ the route - our exclusive time lapse video puts you in the saddle.

But hold on. It will whizz by at an incredible pace.

You can see if it’s going past your house, school or business as Stage Two of the so called 2014 Grand Depart winds its way through the city’s streets.

Use our full details and visual guide to find the best place to watch the riders go past.

More than 250,000 people are expected to watch on the city’s streets and over 500 local people will be involved as volunteers.

Chris Froome, aged 28, will be starting the defence of his Tour de France title - the second Briton in a row to win the crown after Bradley Wiggins’s 2012 victory.

Stage One is 190km (118 miles) from Leeds to Harrogate, on Saturday, July 5, followed by the 200km (124 niles) hilly Stage Two, from York to Sheffield.

The stage gets underway in York itself and heads to Knaresbrough, Addingham, Keighley, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Cragg Vale, Ripponden, Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Holme Moss, the Peak District National Park and Langsett, into High Bradfield, as it makes its way into Sheffield itself.

We’ve mapped it here from Station Road in Oughtibridge as it travels to Grenoside - a right turn onto Halifax Road sends the riders flying down the steep hill in the direction of Sheffield’s Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium.

But just before it gets there, the pack will turn left at the roundabout with Leppings Lane and go up Herries Road - past Radio Hallam on the left - and take a right turn at the roundabout with Moonshine Lane and Shirecliffe Road.

Winding its was through Burngreave the riders eventually make their way via Gower Street and Sutherland Street onto Savile Street East and Brightside Lane.

A left onto Upwell Street is quickly followed by a right onto Holywell Road.

Then, following a sharp left, comes one of the biggest challenges of the weekend at Jenkin Road - one of the steepest stretches of road anywhere on next year’s Tour route.

It isn’t the most picturesque spot on the route, but the 800m long street with a 30 per cent maximum gradient, 5km from the end of the stage, will sort the men from the boys and could lead to some stage-winning attacks.

It could be one of the most rewarding places to watch as the incline slows some to a relative crawl.

Turning right off Jenkin Road onto Newman Road the race heads towards Meadowhall via Barrow Road and Meadowhall Road.

Meadowhall Way takes the race round the shopping centre and via Vulcan Road onto Sheffield Road and then Attercliffe Common for a final sprint to cross the finish line, just after the junction with Broughton Lane, outside Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.

The 101st Tour will then race from Cambridge to London prior to the French stages. It will arrive in Ypres in time to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War One.

The Tour will head to some unfamiliar climbs in eastern France before heading down to the Alps and across to the Pyrenees before the penultimate stage - a 54km individual time trial between Bergerac to Perigueux, which could decide the winner of the Tour.

The 21st and final stage will finish, as per usual, at the Champs-Elysees in Paris, next year on Sunday, July 27.

Gary Verity, Welcome To Yorkshire chief executive, believes more than a million people will attend the stages in Yorkshire.

He said: “I would think that would be the minimum - probably closer to two million, that will depend on the weather. People will realise it is a once-in-a-generation thing and they will turn out in big numbers.”

* For more race information and to see the official map of Stage One and Two visit www.letour.yorkshire.com.

THE SHEFFIELD ROUTE: SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2013:

Here’s the Tour de France Sheffield Route - road by road from Oughtibridge to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (21km/13.1 miles)

1. Station Lane, Oughtibridge.

2. Continue onto Oughtibridge Lane

3. Turn right onto Skew Hill Lane

4. Continue onto Salt Box Ln

5. Head northeast on Salt Box Ln toward Penistone Rd/A61

6. Take the first right onto Halifax Rd/A61

7. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Herries Rd/A6102

8. Turn left to stay on Herries Rd/A6102

9. Head northeast on Herries Rd/A6102

10. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto Shirecliffe Rd

11. Continue onto Cooks Wood Rd

12. Head south on Cooks Wood Rd toward Rutland Rd/B6070

13. Turn left onto Rutland Rd/B6070

14. Head southeast on Minna Rd/B6070 toward Burngreave Rd/A6135

15. Slight right onto Burngreave Rd/A6135

16. Head northeast on Brunswick Rd/B6080 toward Ellesmere Rd (go through first roundabout)

17. Head east on Gower St/B6080 toward Sorby St

18. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto Sutherland St/B6082

19. Head northeast on Savile St E/A6109 toward Windsor St

20. Head northeast on Brightside Ln/A6109 toward Fell St

21. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Upwell St/A6102

22. Head west on Upwell St/A6102 toward Carlisle St E/B6082

23. Turn right onto Holywell Rd/B6082

24. Head northeast on Holywell Rd/B6082 toward Colliery Rd

25. Turn left onto Jenkin Rd

26. Head northwest on Jenkin Rd toward Hyacinth Rd

27. Take the first right onto Newman Rd

28. Head northeast on Newman Rd toward Robin Hood Rd

29. Continue onto Merton Ln

30. Turn right onto Barrow Rd/Route 67/B6082

31. Take the second left onto Barrow Rd/Route 67

32. Turn left onto Barrow Rd

33. Head northeast on Barrow Rd toward Meadowhall Rd/A6109

34. Take the first right onto Meadowhall Rd/A6109

35. Keep right to stay on Meadowhall Rd/A6109

36. Head southeast on Meadowhall Way

37. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto Vulcan Rd

38. Keep right to stay on Vulcan Rd

39. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A6178

40. Finish line outside Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on Attercliffe Common/A6178.

 

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