Kit­tel’s mixed views on big race route

Halifax Courier - - Tour De France In Calderdale - By Tom Scargill

Tour de France cy­clist Mar­cel Kit­tel of­fered a taste of what Calderdale can ex­pect this sum­mer when he fa­mil­iarised him­self with part of the route. The Ger­man sprint cy­clist ped­alled through Heb­den Bridge and Cragg Vale on his way along the stage two route dur­ing a visit with his team Gi­ant-Shi­mano. He said: “We have re­ceived a great wel­come and have seen a lot of people out on their bi­cy­cles. There was also a lot of sheep and dry stone walls.” He later Tweeted: “York­shire is ready 4 the Tour! Every­where ban­ners & painted bikes to wel­come the cy­clists. And the land­scape? Breath­tak­ing!”

But while he was full of praise for the scenic route, he was less favourable about the roads.

“I think the roads are in some parts very dan­ger­ous for a pelo­ton of the Tour de France,” he said.

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