The 2014 Tour de France will visit the London 2012 Olympic Park and finish on the Mall after two opening stages in Yorkshire, it has been revealed.

The famous Grand Depart will kick off in Leeds on June 5 before heading through the Yorkshire Dales and ending in Harrogate.

Stage two will see cyclists ride from York, through Keighley and Huddersfield, and on to the finish line in Sheffield.

It will culminate in a final stage beginning in Cambridge, passing through the glades of Epping Forest before entering the Olympic Park and ending in the shadow of Buckingham Palace on the Mall.

It will be the fourth time the Tour has visited Britain after previous visits in 1974, 1994 and 2007.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme said: "Since the resounding success of the Grand Depart in London in 2007, we were very keen to return to the United Kingdom.

"Bradley Wiggins' historical victory last July and the enormous crowds that followed the cycling events in the streets of London during the Olympic Games encouraged us to go back earlier than we had initially planned.

"Yorkshire is a region of outstanding beauty, with breathtaking landscapes whose terrains offer both sprinters and attackers the opportunity to express themselves."