CWGC Prepares for the Tour de France
25 June 2014
The 2014 Tour de France begins on 5 July with a three-day stage
in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, before moving to Belgium and
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
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.