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Grand Depart Trophy Comes to York Tomorrow


12:26pm 2nd June 2014

People in York will get the chance to see the Tour de France Grand Départ trophy when it goes on display in the city from 3 June to 8 June inclusive.

The official trophy, which is held each year by the city or area that hosts the opening stage of the Tour, will be on display at two sites; City of York Council’s West Offices from 3-5 June and then in the Mansion House from 6-8 June as part of an open weekend.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “The elegant trophy, which features the Tour de France logo, was first presented last year to the island of Corsica when it hosted the Grand Départ and has the name of Yorkshire inscribed on it. At the conclusion of last year’s race, won by Britain’s Chris Froome, the trophy was officially handed over to Yorkshire on the finish line on the Champs-Élysées and we’re delighted to welcome it to York.”

Yorkshire will be the second name to feature on the trophy, which was commissioned by Tour de France organisers, the Amaury Sport Organisation, and was designed by the award-winning French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

As well as being on display in York, the trophy has been seen in locations along the routes of the two Tour stages in Yorkshire before returning to Leeds in time for the start of the Grand Départ on 5 July and the start of stage two in York on 6 July.

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