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Cycling legend's memorial dressed up for Tour De Yorkshire

A memorial to one of Britain's most successful professional cyclists has been dressed up for the Tour De Yorkshire.

Thomas Simpson, who lived in Harworth, started cycling as a teenager and won a bronze medal at the1956 Summer Olympics and a silver at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

He died aged 29 after collapsing during the ascent of Mont Ventous.

Today's race will pass the memorial in Harworth in North Nottinghamshire.

Lizzie Armitstead set to fly the flag for Otley in Tour de Yorkshire

World Champion cyclist Lizzie Armitstead will be flying the flag for Otley when she competes in the Women's Tour de Yorkshire cycling race today.

Credit: Lizzie Armitstead

The race which is sponsored by Asda supermarkets will take place on exactly the same course as stage two of the men's race being held later in the day - a 135km route from Otley to Doncaster.

The prize fund makes it the most lucrative women's cycle race in the world, with a total of £50,000 on offer to individuals and teams.

The first prize for this one day race will be £15,000, second will be £10,000 and third, £5,000, with prize money down to 20th place.

The Asda Women's Tour de Yorkshire Race will start at 8.15am in Armitstead's hometown of Otley and riders are expected to finish between 11.59am and 12.22pm in Doncaster.

"The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women's race will be my first race in the UK in my World Champions jersey and it's an absolute dream to be starting in my home town."

– Lizzie Armitstead

"Together with our sponsors, we're bringing women's racing the respect it deserves and I can think of no better way to start our race in Otley than with our very own World Champion on the start line."

– Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

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