Two Days in Yorkshire

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We’ve just ordered Peter Cossins and Andrew Denton’s ”Two Days in Yorkshire – The official commemorative book of the Yorksire Grand Depart” Yorkshire’s grandest weekend is officially recorded in ‘Two Days in Yorkshire’, the commemorative book of the Yorkshire Grand Départ, which is launched today, Tuesday July 22.

Welcome to Yorkshire, who delivered the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ, have teamed up with official photographer Simon Wilkinson, regarded as one of the country’s leading sports photographers, and his team at Yorkshire-based picture agency SWpix.com to produce a memento of the grandest of Grand Départs.

Written by cycling author Peter Cossins and Welcome to Yorkshire’s Andrew Denton, ‘Two Days in Yorkshire’ features over 200 stunning images taken by the world’s best cycling and sports photographers.

The book reveals the inside story of how, against seemingly impossible odds, Yorkshire won the 2014 Grand Départ, as well as capturing the unforgettable sights and stories of two historic days.

Simon Wilkinson said: “As part of our preparations for the Tour we drove the route a few times, with stunning locations like Buttertubs popping up across both days. I mentioned the idea of a coffee-table book to Gary Verity and his team at the beginning of 2014. We all thought, in principle, it would make a great memento of the Grand Depart – but I had some doubts if we would actually have the material to fill a book, especially if the weather went against us. Now, two weeks on, we’ve been blown away by the images we’ve seen – and they are all in this book.”

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We made history that weekend, and it’s only right that there should be a record that people will keep and look through over the years to remind them of the excitement and the spectacle. God’s sun shone on His own county that weekend, giving us the iconic ‘blue sky’ imagery of Le Tour in Yorkshire. That and the work of some very talented photographers meant we got exactly what we needed to create a brilliant book.”

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