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Cycling stars take to Harewood ahead of Tour

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Olympic silver medal-winning cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has given the Harewood House grounds a two-wheeled test ahead of the Tour de France.

The 25-year-old Otley road racer joined 2006 Tour champion Oscar Pereiro, ITV Cycling presenter Ned Boulting and a number of other cycling stars in a teaser video filmed to tee up the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling.

The three-day event from July 4 to 6 is being hosted in the 1,000-acre Harewood Estate as the world’s greatest riders speed through during the Grand Depart stage one from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5.

Boulting said: “I’ve covered many Tours de France for TV but the Tour de France in Yorkshire really is going to be something special.

“For me, there was no better way to get in the mood than to dress up as a butler at the grand Harewood House – serving champagne is a skill I didn’t know I had until now.”

The likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are set to race into the grounds of Harewood, travelling up the driveway to the grand entrance to Harewood House.

All this will take place just metres from the festival camp site, where festival-goers will be entertained throughout the full Grand Depart weekend.

Rides, time trials, family rides and other mass-participation events will be taking place, with shopping, entertainment and big screens set up on site to view the rest of the race.

High profile guests including Lizzie Armitstead and Oscar Pereiro will also be on hand.

Visit www.festivalofcycling.org for further information.

 

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