VIDEO: Tour de France champion urges volunteers to help out in Sheffield

The reigning Tour de France champion has given his backing to the first-ever volunteer scheme to run alongside the world’s most famous bike race.

Chris Froome is encouraging people from all over the country to put themselves forward to be Tour Makers - volunteers who will help the race run smoothly.

The Tour de France 2013 winner – who is set to return to the UK to defend his title when the race starts in Yorkshire on July 5 – urged those who still want to get involved to register before the December 31 deadline.

Cyclists will start the race in Leeds on July 5 and race through Sheffield the following day.

Froome said: “I’d say to everyone, ‘Come and become part of it’. The Tour is like a big carnival and this is your chance. It’s really exciting the race is coming to the UK and to be a part of it will be amazing – it’s your Tour.”

In a first for the Tour de France, Yorkshire-based supermarket giant Asda has announced its partnership with organisers Welcome to Yorkshire to recruit, train and provide bespoke uniforms for the final 10,000 Tour Maker volunteers.

Deputy PM and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg officially launched the Tour Maker partnership and urged volunteers to sign up.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, which led the bid to bring the race to Yorkshire, said: “To have a star like Chris get behind our Tour Makers scheme is nothing short of inspirational to us and everyone involved.

“The time is now to step forward for those who want to be part of one of the biggest sporting events in living memory in Yorkshire and our country.”

n Visit www.letouryorkshire.com/volunteer to find out more.