Spectators delight as Tour de France champion Chris Froome cycles through Sheffield

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People lined parts of the Grand Depart route in Sheffield on Saturday as reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome cycled through with his team mates.

The 29-year-old Briton who is among the favourites to claim the 2014 crown joined some of his Team Sky team mates to ride parts of the second stage of the route between York and Sheffield.

Spectators of all ages gathered on Jenkin Road, in Wincobank and Jawbone Hill, Oughtibridge hoping to catch a glimpse of the riders.

Froome made light work of Jenkin Road hill, arguably the toughest climb of the whole Grand Depart, but his visit delighted fans who had waited patiently for several hours.

Trevor Chetwynd, aged 67, of Sheffield Lane Top, watched the riders on Jawbone Hill before racing to Jenkin Road to see them pass again.

He said: “It was great to get so close to them. I doubt I’ll get a good a view when the real event comes.

“It’s a great event for the city and something we should all be proud of.”

Shiregreen and Brightside councillor Peter Price was also there watching.

He thought the turn out on Saturday showed just how excited the community is about the Tour coming to Sheffield.

Jenkin Road is being promoted as one of the best viewing locations during the three-day Grand Depart.

Cllr Price said: “It was so good to see them come past.

“I am involved in the community with organising the event. It’s such a great event for the Wincobank and Brightside community.

“They are even turning out to watch them practice so it shows just how behind the event everyone is.”

More than 250,000 people are expected to watch on Sheffield streets when nearly 200 cyclists ride through the city on July 6.

Stage one is from Leeds to Harrogate on July 6, and the third stage runs from Cambridge to London on July 7 with the race ending on the Champs Elysees on July 27.