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Teams up with fellow Yorkshire native Alistair Griffin

Former Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh is teaming up with fellow Yorkshire native Alistair Griffin for the official song of the Grand Départ of the 101st Tour de France, called The Road.

Walsh, who is expecting her first child, has been involved in songs marking major sports events before. Ahead of the London 2012 Olympics, she recorded a cover of Queen’s One Vision with the tenor Alfie Boe, used as the anthem of Team GB.

Just last month, she joined fellow pop stars and several former England footballers to record a version of Take That song Greatest Day, the FA’s official song for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer.

She broke the news of her involvement in The Road on Twitter, posting a series of pictures of the video shoot.

A short video preview of the song has already been released, incorporating footage from a promo film shot for Welcome to Yorkshire that was shown at the presentation of the route of this year’s race last October in Paris, featuring York-based frame builder Ricky Feather and some spectacular scenery.

Both videos appear below. The Road will be released on 30 June and can be pre-ordered for £3.99 here.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Emmyloolah [2 posts] 2 years ago
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Did I fall off my bike and wake up in 1971? It was ok for John Denver back in the day, but for a momentous occasion and event as Le Grand Depart? I don't blimming think so.

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mad_scot_rider [581 posts] 2 years ago
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... and ?

The whole thing is a giant "meh"

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antonio [1124 posts] 2 years ago
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'Made in Yorkshire', brilliant, mood music captures it all.

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Alex14 [6 posts] 2 years ago
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I think we could of done a better job in Scotland

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aslongasicycle [383 posts] 2 years ago
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Hello Ricky! I just watched the ad, not the film.

Apart from lovely Ricky Feather doing his thing I want to stab myself in the face with the whole standardised, homogenised, lifestyled, catalogue modelled, Daily Mail dull-a-thon.

The music hurts. You couldn't even make it into a throbbing dark techno remix without throwing yourself under the nearest flaming copy of The Daily Express for the sheer numbing NOTHINGNESS of it all.

(I wasn't keen)

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jasecd [394 posts] 2 years ago
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The music does not do the images justice. I have to ask though - how important is the official song?

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andyp [1448 posts] 2 years ago
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Jebus. NO NEED.

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bobbypuk [39 posts] 2 years ago
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Is there anything wrong with just using the old ITV theme music? I'm sure it would make more of us think of cycling than this dirge.

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Bigringrider [208 posts] 2 years ago
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Did nobody think to phone Pete Shelley?

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Flying Scot [918 posts] 2 years ago
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Old Emmerdale Farm Music not good enough then?

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The Acai [12 posts] 2 years ago
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WHY?  31

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jova54 [654 posts] 2 years ago
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Flying Scot wrote:

Old Emmerdale Farm Music not good enough then?

Or 'Last of the Summer Wine'?

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FluffyKittenofT... [1198 posts] 2 years ago
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jova54 wrote:
Flying Scot wrote:

Old Emmerdale Farm Music not good enough then?

Or 'Last of the Summer Wine'?

Now I have a vision of them racing around in wheeled bathtubs.

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fatbeggaronabike [815 posts] 2 years ago
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What about Dvorak's largo from symphony No 9

(For the benefit of the uneducated that's the piece of music used on the old Hovis adverts.)

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Cyclist [295 posts] 2 years ago
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Sounds like the theme to a shite 2pm soap...  20

the obvious one would have been... Jerusalem: And did those wheels in ancient time ride upon England's mountains green......

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Argos74 [392 posts] 2 years ago
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OMG, haven't cringed so much since the opening credits/title track for Star Trek Enterprise.

Jerusalem. Yesyesyes. The Dubstar version? Is even sung in a Yorkshire accent.