Kittel’s mixed views on big race route
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.