Stage set for Tour Team Presentation

Published on : Tuesday, January 7, 2014

yorkshireThe 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 Sports Personality of the Year award, the arena will play home to the event on Thursday July 3, 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 TdF team presentation will see him return to the city where he studied for his masters degree in theatre studies at Leeds University.

Sunday January 5 marks six months to go until the race begins on the Headrow, in Leeds.
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 July 5 and 6 next year, with a third from Cambridge to London on July 7.

Ben Williams, General Manager of the first direct arena in Leeds, said: “It’s an honour for us to host this historic event on the eve of the world’s largest annual sporting event coming to our county. We are ready, excited and raring to go. We have already proved that we can not only host the world’s biggest acts, but make it a memorable experience for them too – and that’s our aim with this.”

Martin Green added: “This is a real opportunity for us to showcase Yorkshire and launch this global event in a big way. The arena will provide the perfect stage for this and drawing on my experiences from the London 2012 Olympics, I’m sure it will be an event to remember.”

Source:- Visit Yorkshire

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