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Tour de Yorksshire artwork
Tour de Yorksshire artwork

As the Tour de Yorkshire rides through the Calder Valley, Welcome to Yorkshire has unveiled award-winning artist Lucy Pittaway’s 2018 collection.

This is Lucy’s third year as the official artist for Yorkshire’s flagship sporting event and sees her continue to create bright and colourful depictions of the race as commemorative pieces for the people of Yorkshire and beyond.

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This year sees Lucy break from the tradition of painting just one official piece, to release no less than five official pictures.

Four represent each stage of the newly extended four-day men’s race and two-day women’s race, with a fifth picture depicting the brutal climb up and over the iconic Park Rash.

Each piece includes the start and finish towns and cities along with iconic landmarks and areas of historic interest along the route.

The paintings themselves follow the names of the four stages, with “The Yorkshire Terrier” showing the up and down hills cyclists will face during the final stage from Halifax to Leeds.

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Lucy said: “There are so many beautiful places to include in the official picture, that you simply can not get them all in, so this year with the race extended to an additional day, I decided it was time to dedicate a piece to each of the days.

“Hopefully this means the people of Yorkshire can enjoy a piece of the artwork that means something to them personally, no matter where they were along the route.”