Historic estate given the once over by Armitstead ahead of visit of Le Tour

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Olympic silver medal-winning cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has given the Harewood House grounds a two-wheeled test ahead of the Tour de France.

The Otley road racer joined 2006 Tour champion Oscar Pereiro, ITV Cycling presenter Ned Boulting and a number of other cycling stars in a teaser video filmed to tee up the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling.

The three-day event from July 4 to 6 is being hosted in the 1,000-acre Harewood Estate as the world’s greatest riders speed through during the Grand Depart stage one from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5.

Boulting said: “The Tour de France in Yorkshire really is going to be something special. For me, there was no better way to get in the mood than to dress up as a butler at the grand Harewood House – serving champagne is a skill I didn’t know I had until now.”

The likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are set to race into the grounds of Harewood, riding up the drive to the entrance to Harewood House.

All this will take place just metres from the festival camp site, where festival-goers can enjoy rides, time trials, shopping and big screens. Visit www.festivalofcycling.org.