Sunday 5th January marked six months to go until the Grand Depart finally arrives on the Headrow in Leeds yet before the race, the annual presentation of the competitors must be done.
With the 2014 race already breaking new ground, the biggest-ever Tour de France Team Presentation is set to take centre stage at the new First Direct Arena in Leeds.
Following the success of hosting the recent BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, the arena will play host to the event on Thursday 3rd July 2014, just two days before the Grand Départ takes place in Leeds city centre heralding the start of two Tour stages across Yorkshire and a third in the south.
The event will be overseen by Martin Green, the Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics, where he led the team who delivered the opening and closing ceremonies.
The Tour de France team presentation will see him return to the city where he studied for his master’s degree in theatre studies at Leeds University.
The Team Presentation will showcase each team to mark the official arrival of the Tour de France – the world’s largest annual sporting event – of Yorkshire’s Grand Depart where two stages will take place on the 5th and 6th July next year, with a third from Cambridge to London on 7th July.
People are now being encouraged to register their interest in buying tickets at www.letouryorkshire.com/teampresentation
before they go on sale later this year.