OPINION: Tour lived up to the hype

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Sheffield, you did yourself proud.

From the inclines of the Peak District to the savage ramp at Jenkin Road the streets were lined with people celebrating the second stage of this year’s Tour de France.

It was a long time in coming and we even had to wait while the north of Yorkshire had their day in the sun on Saturday.

But it was worth the wait and Vincenzo Nibali won’t be the only one remembering the race through the Steel City for a long time.

The Italian may have scooped stage honours as he brilliantly sprinted away on Attercliffe Common to the finish line in front of the Arena.

It’ll be remembered by reigning Tour champion Chris Froome who was first up Jenkin Road to the delight of the packed crowd in Wincobank.

But most of all it will be lodged in the memory of the hundreds of thousands of people who watched the race from the side of the road, from fan parks or even from the back of a race moped like one of The Star’s reporters.

Everyone will have their own special moment of the race.

The Tour lived up to the hype and we wish it well today on its final stage in England and over the next few weeks in France.