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Yorkshire's Tour de France 2016 bid

Bradley Wiggins who won the race today. Photo:

Yorkshire opera diva Lesley Garrett sang the National Anthem as Bradley Wiggins was presented with the yellow jersey after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France. Yorkshire hopes to host two stages of the 2016 Tour.

Meanwhile, Brian Robinson, the first British rider to win a stage of the race in 1958, and Gary Verity from Welcome to Yorkshire, joined Gaynor on the sofa to discuss the Yorkshire bid.

Bradley Wiggins's success in the Tour de France provides the perfect springboard for bringing the event back to the UK, a British cycling legend said.

Brian Robinson, 81, - who was the first British rider to win a stage of the Tour in 1958 - is backing an audacious bid to bring the famous race to Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire bid is at an advanced stage and a delegation has been in Paris again this weekend to push the plan.

If it was successful it would mean the county hosting the first two stages of the Tour followed by a third stage in an as yet undisclosed city in the south of England.

The Yorkshire stages would take place across various parts of the county, including hill sections to rival some of the Alpine stages, those behind the campaign said.

Speaking at his home in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, Mr Robinson said securing the Tour for his home county would be the "icing on the cake" for British cycling.

He said it would be "another dream come true".

"Bradley's done us a world of good by putting us right at the top of the tree," said the pensioner, who still cycles around the Pennines.

"Here in Yorkshire we're all ready to go - the money's in place, the structure's in place, the countryside's always been there - as good as it gets anywhere.

"We can go anytime, it's just a case of getting the guys over there to say 'yes, we'll come'."

My Mum is from Yorkshire so I'm proud to be backing the Yorkshire 2016 bid! The county would provide a stunning backdrop to the Tour as well as a real test for the competitors, I have fond memories of holidaying in Yorkshire, a lot of my family still live there and it would be fantastic if the world's greatest cycle race could come to Yorkshire, I'm sure it would host a stunning Grand Départ.

– Mark Cavendish

"We have over 150,000 pledges of support from the public backing our bid, we have the landscape, the people, the passion and the resources behind us to host a world class Grand Depart. Yorkshire is the heartland of cycling in this country.

We have produced champions like Brian Robinson, Barry Hoban and Malcolm Elliott and we want to bring Le Tour to the county to pay tribute to those early pioneers of English cycling success and to inspire a new generation of champions to follow in their footsteps."

– Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire,

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