‘Very best’ of Sheffield showcased to visitors

Cyclists on Jenkin Road - the steepest climb of the Tour
Cyclists on Jenkin Road - the steepest climb of the Tour
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The ‘very best of Sheffield’ was shown off to hundreds of thousands of visitors thanks to the Tour de France.

Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “I’m proud that we showed off the very best of Sheffield to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who flooded in, whilst an estimated 3.5 billion people from around the world will have tuned in to see the riders cycling through our streets.

Crowds await the Tour de France cyclists on Jenkin Road

Crowds await the Tour de France cyclists on Jenkin Road

“It doesn’t get much bigger than that.”

He added: “It was a day we will never forget and I’m sure the legacy will see more people coming to visit us, more business being done here and more people inspired to get on their bike.”

Hillsborough and Brightside MP David Blunkett said: “When it comes to sport we’re used to the highs and lows of Sheffield Wednesday, but this internationally renowned high profile race took on the challenge of the physical ups and downs of the Brightside and Hillsborough constituency.

“Not least it surmounted Jenkin Road and Newman Road in the climb to Roman Ridge, which I believe albeit for a very short burst, was the steepest element of the whole race!

“Above all, it was a chance to profile the great heritage of Wincobank Hill as well as offering a unique opportunity to the wonderful people of north Sheffield.”

Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith said: “I am really proud of the fact that it has come through my constituency, I know the route really well and how impressive it is and how tough it must have been.

“It has been the event of a lifetime. The Tour is already bearing fruit, I drive on the route on a weekly basis and I have already noticed an increase in business.”

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “This has been a memorable day for Sheffield and for Yorkshire.

“It was wonderful to see so many thousands of people supporting the event and embracing the excitement and the spectacle of the Tour de France as it came through Sheffield.

“It will be remembered as one of the greatest sporting events in the city’s history.

“The event has given us a fantastic opportunity to showcase the city and promote it as a tourism and investment destination, as the race was televised worldwide to over 180 countries.”