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CWGC Prepares for the Tour de France

25 June 2014

‚ÄčThe 2014 Tour de France begins on 5 July with a three-day stage in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, before moving to Belgium and France.

The route of this year's tour has been specifically designed to pay tribute to the fallen of World War One, and will be passing many battlefields as well as many of our sites.

Aspects of the tour will have a specific focus on WW1 commemoration. For example, the tour begins in Ieper, where riders will grapple with the famous cobbles and will come past the Menin Gate.

The tour will also travel along the Chemin des Dames from Arras to Reims, scene of many battles in 1917. During this stretch, the tour will pass a field of cornflowers - symbol of remembrance in France - and support staff as well as riders and spectators will be encouraged to wear 'le bleuet' as the cornflower is known in France. At the end of this stage, the winner's jersey and bouquets will also feature cornflowers. 

Please check this website and the official Tour de France website for an up to date tour route and dates when planning visits to our sites over the duration of the race. Please be advised that access to CWGC cemeteries and memorials may in some cases be delayed or restricted.

We'll be sharing more information about specific cemeteries and memorials being passed by the tour as and when it happens, and we will be tweeting about it too.