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Glossop says bonjour to Le Tour

Crowds in Manor Park, Glossop, watching the Tour de France. Photo by Anthony McKeown.

Crowds in Manor Park, Glossop, watching the Tour de France. Photo by Anthony McKeown.

Cycling fever hit Glossop on Sunday as the second stage of the Tour de France raced along Woodhead Pass.

Crowds lined the route along the infamous Holme Moss climb as the Grand Départ route dipped into High Peak for a six-mile stretch through Derbyshire.

With its abundance of bunting, bright Allez Glossop banners and fans in yellow Le Tour t-shirts, the town came alive to welcome the peloton on its way to Sheffield.

An estimated 50,000 spectators descended on the borough, including sudden hoards of inspired cyclists who dusted off their lycra to take advantage of the road closures.

As the sun shone, a Totally Locally market in Norfolk Square kept fans refreshed and shuttle buses from Hadfield and Tintwistle dropped visitors in the heart of the action.

While big screens erected in Manor Park allowed families to enjoy watching riders whiz through the Peaks from the comfort of their picnics.

Peter Jozefczyk, of Glossop Mountain Rescue, said the team was up at 5am to help marshal the event and assist the ambulance service deal with injuries.

He said: “Thankfully the day went by with no problems for the team and all spectators made their way off the Woodhead Pass in what appeared to be a sea of bikes!”

 

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