Ten interesting facts about the Tour de France in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 04 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:26 04 July 2014

Yorkshire Grand Depart Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com

Yorkshire Grand Depart Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com


Some Tour facts and figures about Le Grand Depart

1. The official song of the Grand Départ, The Road is written by York’s Alistair Griffin and features Bradford’s Kimberley Walsh



2. Taylors of Harrogate, the official tea partner of the Grand Départ, is preparing to giveaway over 5m tea bags to spectators lined along the UK stages 



In Masham, over 100,000 pints of beers are predicted to be sold from its breweries during the Tour de France weekend. The biggest party in the town’s history



3. Harrogate Borough Council after a call out for 3,000 knitted bunting jerseys, have been inundated with 23,000 jerseys



4. In Ripley – which is styled on an historic French village complete with Hotel du Ville - a giant Tricolour of flowers is being planted on the castle terraces to be visible from the air




5.  Fans from around the world have contributed, when Bradford Visitor Information Centre appealed for yellow knitted triangles, Australian fan Tanya Travers, from Williamstown, Victoria, saw the appeal on twitter and created some bunting triangles




6. Knaresborough have filled their town with over 20 yellow bikes and 14 trompe l’oeils window murals, two of which feature cycling legends Beryl Burton and Brian Robinson





7. The first ever Official Painting of the Grand Départ by North Yorkshire artist Alister Colley has been unveiled, depicting an imagined Yorkshire landscape featuring 28 landmarks and landscapes.






8. The first ever Tour de France Grand Départ shops opened to queues around the block in Leeds Trinity and Sheffield’s Meadowhall.








9.  70km of celebratory cycling jersey bunting being sent throughout the county to dress towns and villages in preparation for the big weekend.





10. 500,000 spectator guides have been published – including versions in Dutch, French and German.





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