Great excitement at our new partnership with the Tour de France Grand Départ

by Dr Jane Collins
Chief Executive

Tour de France 2014

Today we announced our partnership with the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014, which is a very exciting time for us.

This is the first time the Grand Départ has had an official charity partner, and for Marie Curie to be chosen is a huge honour. The Tour is the biggest annual sporting event in the world and attracts more than 3.5 billion spectators from all around the globe.

To be partnered with this prestigious event is a huge honour for Marie Curie, and over the next 12 months we’ll be giving you more information about how you can get involved and raise vital funds for the work we do.

Next year's Grand Départ will take in some of the country's most beautiful sights and historic cities. Beginning in Yorkshire on 5 July, the first stage of the Tour will begin outside the 19th century Leeds Town Hall. From there, participants will travel out into the breathtaking countryside of the Dales National Park, finishing in the spa town of Harrogate. It is on this day that we’ll find out who is the first holder of the coveted Yellow Jersey.

Day two begins in the stunning walled city of York and once riders leave the city they will once again be heading into another beautiful British location, the Peak District National Park. The riders finish the second stage in the industrial city of Sheffield, made famous by the film The Full Monty.

The third and final stage of the Grand Départ begins in the historic city of Cambridge. The riders will travel through Hertfordshire and Essex, then into London. Once past the Olympic village, riders will head towards the finish line – passing some of London’s most iconic locations. As with the previous UK Grand Départ in 2007, the final stretch of next year’s race will take the riders through St James’s Park, in front of Buckingham Palace to what is bound to be a spectacular finish on The Mall.

As the excitement builds for the end of this year’s Tour, the excitement here at Marie Curie is only just beginning. The next 12 months are going to be busy for us as we get ready for this fantastic event, that we hope will raise vital funds for Marie Curie.

Visit our Tour de France page for more information