VIDEO: Tour de France: ‘Snow’ problem as city prepares itself for Tour

It’s the biggest event Sheffield has ever hosted but the City Council are also preparing people for disruption when the Tour de France arrives in July.

Business leaders were urged yesterday to get involved in the Tour’s Grand Depart during the first week of July with the race’s second stage finishing in Sheffield on Sunday, July 6.

Tour de France- Leo Donato

Tour de France- Leo Donato

Speaking at a breakfast briefing at the city’s Electric Works complex Toby Oliver of Sheffield City Council said Sheffield would have the “best bit” of the Tour, with the Stage 2 finish after a final “killer hill” on Jenkin Road, which would slow the cyclists and spread them out.

But Toby stressed that the race would also inconvenience people.

He added: “The way to see it is like snow. There will be two days when the city is blanketed by snow - but it will all be cleared away by Monday.

“It will affect people’s daily lives.”

Road closures are expected to take place six hours before the race comes through. Details will be announced in February, he added.

“You are unlikely to be able to drive in and it’s important we get the message out. We don’t want people stuck in cars and missing it. The tram will be key.”

A cultural festival would be launched with 100 days to go on March 27.

May 16 will mark 50 days to go and on May 31 all of France - and for the first time the UK - will hold a day of celebration for le Tour.

Toby added: “This has never been celebrated outside of France before.

“The UK is taking part and the organisers are very excited.”

He also said there would be eight helicopters following the race and urged businesses to think about how they would look from the air.

He added: “If you have got a prominent or landmark building, badge it up to shout Tour de France.”

The Tour de France is the world’s largest annual sporting event and this year will see three stages in England.

Stage One from Leeds to Harrogate takes place on Saturday, July 5 with Stage Two from York to Sheffield - finishing in front of the Sheffield Arena - a day later.

The third stage runs from Cambridge to London on July 7 with the race ending on the Champs Elysees on July 27.

More than 250,000 people are expected to watch on Sheffield streets and more than 500 local people will be involved as volunteers.