Time is right to see world’s top riders

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Cycle fans in South Yorkshire can start planning their day after expected Tour de France timings were revealed.

The Tour is coming to Sheffield in July as part of the Grand Départ – the first stages of the famous bike race.

Stage one, on Saturday, July 5, sees riders race from Leeds to Harrogate.

Stage two, the following day, sees riders set off at 11am, from York to Sheffield, two hours after after the ‘caravan’ – sponsors’ vehicles – sets off on the route.

Riders are due to finish at the city’s Motorpoint Arena, Attercliffe, at about 4.15pm.

Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive, said: “The excitement across Yorkshire and the country is building as we get closer to this historic moment.”

Expected timings in South Yorkshire

A628/A61 6 crossroads – caravan 1.39pm, riders averaging 41kmh 3.13pm, riders averaging 37kmh 3.39pm;

Midhopestones climb (category three) – 1.50pm, 3.24pm, 3.50pm;

Bradfield – 2.01pm, 3.34pm 4.01pm;

Bradfield climb (category four) – 2.03pm, 3.36pm 4.03pm;

Worrall – 2.07pm, 3.39pm 4.07pm;

Oughtibridge – 2.10pm, 3.42pm 4.10pm;

Oughtibridge climb (category three) – 2.14pm, 3.46pm 4.14pm;

Grenoside – 2.16pm, 3.47pm 4.16pm;

Jenkin Road climb (category four), Wincobank – 2.37pm, 4.06pm, 4.37pm.

Finish at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, Attercliffe – 2.46pm, 4.14pm, 4.46pm.