T-100 days: why this year's Tour de France Grand Depart will be the best ever

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T-100 days: why this year’s Tour de France Grand Depart will be the best ever

Bernard Hinault, Dean Downing and Brian Robinson wait for Yorkshire's big moment

Actor Dean Andrews is better known for his roles on screen in Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and Last Tango in Halifax.

But, speaking on stage at the Y14 event about his television roles, he could not hide his excitement about the day’s main attraction – the Tour de France countdown.

Having been riding in Hebden Bridge, which is set to play a role in proceedings during the Grand Depart weekend, he confessed he could not wait until the arrival of pro cycling’s elite.

He said: “I’ve been cycling on some of the route, and it is like an amphitheatre – the noise will be incredible.

“I make no apology for being fiercely proud of Yorkshire.”

On a visit to Harrogate in January, there was a clear divide between those non-plussed by the Grand Depart and the cycling fans who are eagerly counting the days.

Yorkshire fans, British fans as a whole, and cycling fans from across the world will descend on the white rose county in July.

Andrews might have a higher public profile than most of Yorkshire’s cycling fans but his opinion most certainly rings true of the masses.

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