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The ferry company will carry the huge caravan of vehicles which support the Tour, as the race comes to the UK for its Grand Départ.
This will be the 20th time in the 101 year history of the event that the race starts outside France. The Grand Départ gets underway in Leeds on 5 July for the first stage to Harrogate. Stages between York and Sheffield, and Cambridge and London follow.
The Tour then returns across the Channel to France to resume from Le Touquet en-route to the finish in Paris on 27 July. By the time the riders approach the finishing line on the Champs Élysées they will have covered a distance of 3,656kms during
P&O Ferries expects to carry many thousands of cycling enthusiasts to follow Le Tour. Sarah Rosier, head of marketing & sales for P&O Ferries, said: “We’re delighted to confirm our sponsorship of the Tour de France 2014.
“The timing couldn’t be better. There’s a huge surge of interest in cycling in the UK, combined with the Tour returning to our shores for the Grand Départ right on the doorstep of our services from Belgium and Holland. The Tour de France has an incredibly strong appeal across all the countries our route network serves and we look forward to supporting this ultimate pinnacle of the road racing calendar.”