Malcolm ‘very proud’ that Le Tour is coming to his city

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SHEFFIELD cycling legend Malcolm Elliott is still in disbelief that the Tour de France is having a stage finish in his home city.

The 51-year-old who was the points jersey winner at the Vuelta a Espana in 1989 is now a manager of British professional cycling team Node 4-Giordana Racing.

He said the news of Sheffield hosting the finish of stage two in the 2014 Tour is almost unbelievable: “I’m very proud. It’s a thrill.

“The race actually goes past my children’s school!

“The very concept of the Tour de France going past my door? It’s hard to come to terms with even though we may have known for a couple of months now.”

He added: “It’s still doesn’t really compute.”

Elliott, who lives at Stannington, is one of Britain’s most successful cyclists at a time when the sport was on the margins of people’s attention.

He was a double-gold medallist at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and competed in two Olympic Games 16 years apart; Moscow in 1980 and Atlanta in 1996.

Proud of his Sheffield routes Elliott hopes the city gets behind the race on July 6 2014. He said: “I really hope that the public embrace it and get out there and really make it one to remember.

“People are conscious of cycling as mainstream, so let’s hope that people want to see a free spectacle like this.

“Certainly the last third of the race I know every single yard of those roads. It’s a difficult stage. The Tour won’t be won there but it could be lost by certain riders.”

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