YORKSHIRE’S Grand Depart for the Tour de France two years ago was the start of something special.
Just as the Anniversary Games have tried to create a legacy behind the Olympics in London, so Yorkshire has pushed cycling to the fore of its sporting and social conscious.
The legacy of the Grand Depart may not be fully felt for a generation but its immediate effect on God’s Own County is still being felt.
White Rose flags, spray-painted bikes and heavy bunting still adorns shop windows and front gardens in villages on the Grand Depart route, despite the attempts of two bitter winters to dampen spirits.
The idea to create the Tour de Yorkshire last year was a no brainer. Thousands of fans once again lined the streets as cycling was moved off the Grand Depart route to other scenic troves of the Yorkshire countryside.
And with the birth of the Tour came the emergence of a new team headed up by Olympic hero Sir Bradley Wiggins, aptly named Team Wiggins.
This is no vanity project. When Wiggins left Team Sky back in 2014 he dreamed of forming his own team and challenging the big boys.
The seven-time Olympic medallist wants to conquer Rio this summer and his own team is geared to achieving that goal.
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