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New Tour de Yorkshire trophy is unveiled

The new Tour de Yorkshire trophy has been unveiled at a primary school in Leeds.

Schoolchildren at Bludenell Primary School were given a chance to get their hands on the trophy for the first time.

The new trophy has been crafted in the shape of the famous letter Y for Yorkshire, and will be presented to the winner of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire which takes place on May 1 to 3.

The trophy has been made by Thomas Fattorini - a firm which originally began in Yorkshire.

One part of the company, known back in 1827 as Fattorini & Sons of Bradford, made the FA Cup trophy which Bradford City won that very first year in 1911. The company also made the Rugby League Challenge Cup.

Tour de Yorkshire starts on May 1

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.

– Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

The trophy will now embark on a mini-tour around the county during the next few weeks before returning for the race on May 1 – 3, with the first ever winner of the Tour de Yorkshire being presented with the trophy on Sunday May 3 in Roundhay Park in Leeds.

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Tour de Yorkshire cycling event to feature women's race

It has been announced that this year's Tour de Yorkshire cycling event will also feature a women's race.

Tour de Yorkshire cycling event to feature women's race Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The women's road race will held on the York circuit of the Tour de Yorkshire when it visits the town on Saturday the second of May. The inaugural event - which follows on from last year's Grand Depart - will begin in Bridlington the day before.

Hundreds say final farewell to Otley's "hero" cyclist

The family and friends they described as 'a hero' in the cycling community have said their final goodbyes.

Craig Armitage

Craig Armitage died after his bike collided with a car during an event in North Yorkshire. A few days later, those he rode alongside paid tribute in a mass cycle through Otley.

He was looking forward to what he was going to be doing with his cycling - teaching kids, coaching them.

I remember speaking to him just before he left that day, he was so passionate.

– Gary Hudson

The father-of-three regularly raised money for charity by long-distance rides. Since his death, friends have raised more than £16,000 to support his family.

Hundreds turned out in Craig's home town to pay their respects at his funeral:

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Funeral to take place for Otley cyclist

The funeral takes place today of a cycling coach from Otley who died in a road accident last month.

Craig Armitage was taking part in a cycling event when he was in collision with a car near Bolton Abbey.

Hundreds turned out for a bike ride in his memory a week later. His private funeral takes place at Otley Parish Church later today.

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