Cyclists tie a yellow ribbon around streets of Sheffield

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Cyclists will turn the suburban streets of Sheffield gold to welcome the Tour de France this weekend.

Riders are teaming up to tie yellow ribbons around lamposts in the communities of Southey, Parkwood Springs, Burngreave, Grimesthorpe, Wincobank and Attercliffe, following criticism parts of Sheffield were not ‘embracing’ the event.

Mick Nott, of Cycle Sheffield, is organising the event as part of the regular Friday Night Ride and has already ordered 1.5 km of yellow ribbon.

He said: “We want people to join us and come out of their houses to take part in this .

“The idea is to show there are people in Sheffield who would like the Tour de France to come through and it is something Sheffield should welcome – it is something which is good for Sheffield.”

A large crowd of cyclists is expected to take part in the event, which will also include a ride up Jenkin Road in Wincobank, the steepest climb of the Tour this year with a gradient of 33 per cent.

The ride starts on Herries Road at 6.30pm.