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Grand Départ du Tour de France Trophy in Bakewell

This is an archived press release

Monday 16 June 2014

The official Grand Départ du Tour de France trophy has arrived in the Peak District National Park and for one week only will be on display in Bakewell visitor centre.

Cllr Anne Western Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Clr Tony Favell chair of the Peak District National Park Authority with the Grand Départ du Tour de France trophyPeople can view the trophy from Tuesday June 17 for the next six days, until Sunday June 22.

Bakewell visitor centre is open every day from 9.30am to 5pm. It is housed in the 17th century Old Market Hall and is fully accessible.

The ornate trophy features the Tour de France logo and is inscribed with the names and years for Corsica and Yorkshire's Grand Départ stages of the race.

It was created by Tour de France organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and presented for the first time to the island of Corsica, the hosts of Grand Départ 2013.

The trophy was officially handed over to the UK on the race finish line in Paris at the end of the Tour de France 2013, which was won by Britain's Chris Froome,

After being on display in Bakewell, the trophy is to return to Leeds in time for the start of the Grand Départ Stage One on Saturday July 5.

Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority said: "Communities and businesses in and around the national park are very excited about hosting part of the Tour de France. This is a great chance for everyone to see the trophy up close and we hope lots of people will come and see it in Bakewell.

"It's wonderful to see Yorkshire inscribed on this impressive international trophy and for the Peak District National Park to be associated with the Tour."

The race will go through 18 miles of the Peak District National Park during Stage Two on Sunday July 6.

One of the highlights will be as the peloton crosses the border into Derbyshire on the A6024 and races up the steep incline of Holme Moss, the Peak District's greatest cycling hill-climb, past the highest radio transmitter in the country at 524m (1719ft), onto the Woodhead Pass, through Langsett and Bradfield to Sheffield. This is one of the race's toughest challenges and it carries points for the King of the Mountains title.

For more details on the race, go to: http://letour.yorkshire.com/

Gearing up for a 'King of the Mountains' ascent, the pack will cross the border into Derbyshire on the A6024 near to one of the great cycling climbs at Holme Moss − at 524 metres or 1,719 feet the site of the highest radio transmitter in the country - before descending along the A628 Woodhead Pass towards Barnsley and beyond.

Picture caption: Cllr Anne Western Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Clr Tony Favell chair of the Peak District National Park Authority with the Grand Départ du Tour de France trophy

This is an archived press release

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