Cycling: Tour de France Stage Two Route details into Sheffield

Riders during last year's Tour de France. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Riders during last year's Tour de France. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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Sheffield Arena will be the finishing line for Stage Two of next summer’s Tour de France.

Race organisers have confirmed that the Arena will host the final stop of the 2014 race’s Grand Depart, which will have seen two stages within Yorkshire.

Stage One from Leeds to Harrogate takes place on Saturday, July 5 with Stage Two from York to Sheffield on Sunday, July 6.

Representatives of Sheffield Council have been in discussions with event organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation to avoid the Northern General Hospital - and an agreement has now been reached to take a route through Shirecliffe and Burngreave, finishing the stage outside Sheffield Arena.

The riders will approach the finish from the Meadowhall end of Sheffield Road, leading onto Attercliffe Road, with the line just after the junction with Broughton Lane.

Earlier the peloton, which may include Sheffield’s Adam Blythe and Rotherham’s Ben Swift and Russ Downing, will have entered Sheffield along Mortimer Road, before travelling through High Bradfield on Kirk Edge Road.

Oughtibridge and Grenoside are the next stops before a right turn onto Halifax Road sends the riders towards Sheffield’s Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium.

Turning left at the roundabout with Leppings Lane the race will go up Herries Road before 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.

The riders may feel fairly comfortable at this point but a sharp left awaits them at Jenkin Road, which will be one of the steepest stretches of road anywhere on next year’s entire Tour route.

Turning right off Jenkin Road onto Newman Road the peloton works its way towards Meadowhall via Barrow Road and Meadowhall Road.

Meadowhall Way brings the race round the shopping centre and onto Sheffield Road for the final sprint to the finish line in front of the Arena.

More than 250,000 people are expected to watch on Sheffield streets and more than 500 local people will be involved as volunteers.