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Archbishop of York Gets Tour de France Jersey

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4:26pm 23rd June 2014

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu is gearing up for the start of the Tour de France by showing his support for the race in the Official Grand Départ jersey.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, was presented with his official jersey at his Bishopthorpe Palace residence by Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity after Archbishop Sentamu revealed what an impact a bicycle had on his early life in Uganda.

The Archbishop of York said: “My primary school was 1 mile from home, and we walked there and back. It meant getting up very early. Later on, when I went to Secondary School, the journey was 12 miles, so I had to walk 24 miles each day.  I was very fortunate because an English teacher, John Morris, kindly bought me a Raleigh bicycle to help me get there and back with all my schoolbooks. That made a huge difference to my school-days.  He also taught me drama.  Thank God that John is still alive and now lives in Winchester.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “I am delighted to present Dr John Sentamu with our official jersey and it’s great to hear how a bike played such an important role in his life. In just under two weeks time I am sure the world’s greatest cyclists will also inspire a new generation of Yorkshire children to get on their bikes and aim for greatness, which will be a huge part of the legacy of hosting the Tour de France in Yorkshire.”

The Grand Départ of the Tour de France begins in Leeds on Saturday 5th July, with the riders finishing in Harrogate via the Yorkshire Dales. On Sunday 6 July, Stage 2 begins in York, and races to Sheffield via Pennine Yorkshire.

The Official full zip jersey of the Grand Départ is available from the Official pop-up shops at Trinity Leeds and Meadowhall Sheffield shopping centres and also online at http://wtyshop.com/p/yorkshire-grand-depart-full-zip-cycling-jersey-516

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