When does it all begin?

The opening stage on Saturday is set against the stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales as riders make their way from Leeds to Harrogate.

Who will be getting on their bikes?

Twenty two cycling squads will set off on the first leg of their gruelling 2,272-mile trip. Britain’s Chris Froome will be riding over the hills of Yorkshire on a bike worth around £8,000 – or the price of a low mileage Ford Fiesta 1.6.

Do Brits on bikes do well?            

Where’ve you been! Team Sky rider Froome will be defending his champion’s yellow jersey after becoming the second ever Briton to win the race last year.

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The 29-year-old was also the second Briton in a row to achieve endurance cycling’s most prestigious title after team-mate Bradley Wiggins from Maida Vale won in 2012.

Does the race get the royal seal of approval?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will send off the teams in Yorkshire – but ironically might not be around when it hits The Mall on Monday. The royal family’s younger generation showed a passion for cycling during the London 2012 Olympics when they watched Team GB strike gold on the velodrome track.

Chris Froome of Great Britain, winning the centenary Tour de France in 2013.
Chris Froome of Great Britain, winning the centenary Tour de France in 2013.

What’s the UK route?            

The 101st tour will feature two more stages in Britain before heading across the English Channel. Cyclists will ride from York to Sheffield on the second day while on the third they will go from Cambridge to London.

When was the last time the Tour de France was here?

It is the first time the Tour de France has come to Britain since 2007 and there is a video explaining what Tour de France riders should expect in Yorkshire. http://tiny.cc/tourdeyorkshire

What’s the next stage after London?

The Tour returns to France after the UK opening. The transitional stage is expected to end in a sprint in Lille with Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and Andre Grepiel and company all vying for victory. 

Who was the first Britain to wear the famous yellow jersey?

Tom Simpson got to wear it for one day in 1962. He died on Stage 10 of the 1967 race cycling up the torturous Mont Ventoux trying to regain it.

First in yellow: Tommy Simpson

Who else has been getting on their bikes?

Stars from Coronation Street and Emmerdale took part in a 60-mile charity cycle ride between the sets of the two ITV soaps on Tuesday in preparation for the Tour De France. The Tour De ITV route went from the Rover’s Return to The Woolpack.

Does the race call for a toast?

In honour of the race the Stod Fold Brewing Company aims to enter the Guinness Book of Records by erecting the world’s largest glass of beer during Tour de France on Sunday. The current record is 2,638 pints, achieved in California in 2009. We’ll drink to that!

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