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Tour de France champion backs our Tour Makers volunteer scheme

Chris Froome Tour Maker

Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome has given his backing to our exciting Tour Maker volunteer scheme that will run alongside the world’s most famous bike race when it starts in Yorkshire next year.

British cycling star Froome is encouraging people to put themselves forward before the December 31 deadline to be in with a chance to helping to support the historic race.

He said: “I’d say to everyone ‘come and become part of it’. The Tour is like a big carnival and this is your chance. It’s really exciting that the race is coming to the UK and to be a part of it will be amazing – it’s your Tour!”

We’ve teamed up with organisers Welcome to Yorkshire to recruit, train and provide uniforms for the 10,000 Tour Maker volunteers.

Chris Froome with Tour Makers

Tour Makers will cover all three UK stages of the race so anyone can apply to take part. The Yorkshire Grand Départ will race from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5, York to Sheffield on July 6, and a third stage will race from Cambridge to the capital London on July 7.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “To have a star like Chris get behind our Tour Makers scheme is nothing short of inspirational to us and everyone involved. The time is now to step forward for those who want to be part of one of the biggest sporting events in living memory in Yorkshire and our country.”

Stephen Smith, Chief Marketing Officer at Asda, said: "To have Chris’ backing and encouragement for people to get involved is incredible and what a catalyst for people to sign up.

“We are proud of our Yorkshire roots and honoured Asda is to be involved in this first for the Tour de France and we can’t wait to get started.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for any of the three stages of the race while it is in the UK can get more info and register at before December 31.

Posted in News & Blogs on 19 December 2013