Tour de France trophy on show in Peak District

Trophy The trophy is on show in Bakewell until 22 June

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The Tour de France trophy has gone on show in the Peak District ahead of this year's race, which starts in Yorkshire.

It was created by race organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and presented for the first time to the island of Corsica, the hosts of Grand D├ępart in 2013.

The trophy is inscribed with the names and years for Corsica and Yorkshire's stages of the race.

It is on show at the Bakewell visitor centre until 22 June.

The trophy, which is presented to the area hosting the start of the cycling race every year, will be returned to Leeds for the start of the tour on 5 July.

Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said there was a great feeling of excitement around hosting part of this year's tour.

"It gives everyone who lives and works here a unique opportunity to showcase our beautiful landscapes to the rest of the world," he said.

"This is a great chance for everyone to see the trophy up close."

The race will pass through 18 miles of the Peak District National Park during stage two on 6 July, between York and Sheffield.

The leg, which includes the challenging ascent of Holme Moss, a moor rising to 524m (1,719ft), also passes through the Peak villages of Langsett and Bradgate.

Holme Moss About 60,000 people are expected to watch the Tour de France as it passes over Holme Moss
Langsett Reservoir The tour will also pass through Langsett, a Peak village where the surrounding moors are littered with unexploded ordnance from WWII

The race last visited the UK in 2007, when London hosted a prologue ahead of a road stage from the capital to Canterbury, attracting two-million spectators.

Last year, Britain's Chris Froome won the 100th tour, taking the title by more than four minutes.

A year earlier, team mate Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win it.

Chris Froome Britain's Chris Froome (pictured) and Sir Bradley Wiggins have both won the tour

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