Selby’s MP Nigel Adams welcomed victorious Tour de France champion, Geraint Thomas, onto the winners podium on le Champs Elysées in Paris on Sunday evening.
Alongside the British Ambassador to Paris and the French Sports Minister and with millions watching the victory celebrations on TV, the Selby and Ainsty MP and Minister (pictured right) was representing the UK Government as yet another British cyclist picked up the sports most coveted prize.
Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas completed his first Tour victory with four time champion Chris Froome (also pictured) in third place.
Nigel Adams commented “It was a massive honour to be asked to help with the Tour de France presentation and welcome a British winner onto the podium. Le Tour is one of the biggest events in world sport and and it was an incredibly proud and unforgettable moment”.
“Geraint Thomas is a great champion and a lovely guy to talk to. I told him and Chris Froome how proud the nation was of their achievements and suggested he should celebrate with a few cold ones. He agreed and told me not to worry as he would be doing just that.”
Mr Adams also represented the Government at a British Embassy reception hosted by the UK Ambassador and Welcome to Yorkshire to celebrate Yorkshire’s success in delivering world class cycling events. He also met with bosses of UCI, the sports world governing body and Le Tour organisers ASO and put the case for Selby being considered as a finishing stage of the Tour de Yorkshire in 2019 to coincide with Selby Abbey’s 950th anniversary.
“It would be fantastic for Selby if we could host a finish of the Tour de Yorkshire next year outside the Abbey. We’ve hosted a start of the race previously which was fantastic but a race finish would be really special and another great boost for the district”.
The Tour de Yorkshire is not the only major cycling event to visit the county in 2019 as Yorkshire has also won the right to host the UCI Road World Championships after a joint bid between Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling and UK Government.
The government has committed to invest £24 million into the event, £15 million of which will be used to develop 27 cycle sport facilities across the UK which will leave a lasting grassroots legacy. The event in September 2019 will mean cycling on a scale never seen before heads to Yorkshire.