Tour de France in Yorkshire: Spectators guide

Where to watch the Tour de France on the opening two stages this weekend (July 5-6), with maps and timings

Yorkshire, Le Tour 2014, Sheffield Grand Prix 2013

Three million. That’s the number of people even the most conservative estimates reckon will turn out to watch the Tour de France over the three days that it passes through the UK this July. After some back-of-the-envelope mathematics, that works out at 5.5 people per metre along every one of the 546 kilometres of the race. That’s a lot of people.

Some hotels and bed and breakfasts reported selling out all their rooms within 10 minutes of the route announcement, and campsites and festivals are filling up fast — suggesting a good deal of those three million people have been planning their trips to the Tour for months in advance.

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