Cycling fans were today given their first glimpse of the new Tour de Yorkshire trophy.
Crafted in the distinctive shape of a letter ‘Y’ for Yorkshire, the trophy was unveiled at Brudenell Primary School in Hyde Park, Leeds.
It has been designed and made by famed Yorkshire company Thomas Fattorini Ltd.
Tom Fattorini, director of sales and marketing at Thomas Fattorini Ltd, said: “We do business internationally, supplying trophies to the likes of Fifa, and when we were invited to support the production of the Tour de Yorkshire trophy and medals we felt it was a perfect fit given our Yorkshire history.”
One part of the company, then known as Fattorini & Sons of Bradford, made the FA Cup trophy that was won by Bradford City in 1911.
The firm also made the Rugby League Challenge Cup trophy.
Gary Verity, chief executive at event co-organiser Welcome To Yorkshire, said: “The company’s history and Yorkshire roots make them the perfect partner for providing the inaugural race trophy and medals.
“We were thrilled when we saw the design and even more excited when we saw the trophy for the first time.”
Around one million people are expected to turn out to watch the Tour de Yorkshire’s three days of international cycling competition.
May 1 will see riders racing from Bridlington to Scarborough before they pedal their way from Selby to York the following day.
Then, on Sunday May 3, the field will set out from Wakefield and speed through Barnsley, Holmfirth, Ripponden, Hebden Bridge, Haworth, Ilkley and Otley bound for the finish line in Leeds’s Roundhay Park.
Famous names tackling the gruelling ups and exhilarating downs of the Yorkshire countryside will include former Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and German sprinter Marcel Kittel.
Council bosses in Leeds have said they regard the event as a key way of securing a lasting benefit from the county’s hosting of the opening stages of last year’s Tour de France.