Chris Froome will discover on Wednesday the route he will face when he attempts to defend his Trip de France title.

The race starts in Leeds on five July and Froome, 28, will be concerned if a cobbled section used in the one-day Paris-Roubaix race is roofed.

The Team Sky rider offers spoken of his fears associated with crashes and mechanical problems at first glance.

“It’s the unknown factor that will worries me about cobbles, ” he told Cycling News regarding the route for the 2014 edition.


Kenya-born Froome followed first Uk winner Sir Bradley Wiggins, the particular 2012 champion, with a peerless hiking performance and three stage wins to claim the yellow jersey this year.

The route of the 101st version of the Tour will be unveiled in the Palais des Congres in Paris, with Leeds already confirmed since the venue for the opening stage.

It will be the fourth time the race offers visited the UK and the first time since 2007, when a Westminster prologue was followed by a stage through Kent. Previous visits came in 1974 and 1994.

The opening stage to Harrogate is expected to end in the sprint, giving Mark Cavendish – who has 25 stage wins within the Tour – the chance to take the race leader’s yellow jersey in his single mother’s hometown.

The second, hilly stage is usually from York to Sheffield and may open up gaps in the general classification standings, before another stage expected to end in a sprint, from Cambridge to The Mall in central Greater london.