Tour de France generates £12.5m for Yorkshire borough of Calderdale

Visitors and locals spent £2.8m on accommodation and £9.3m during the Tour de France, with 2% of visitors coming to the borough of Calderdale from overseas

The peloton on stage two of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

The Yorkshire borough of Calderdale benefited to the tune of £12.5m from the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014, according to research by Welcome to Yorkshire.

The region hosted part of stage two of the Tour, won by Vincenzo Nibali, with an estimated 340,000 people lining the streets of the borough to watch the world’s top riders pass by.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.