Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh features on official Tour de France Grand Départ song (+ videos)

Teams up with fellow Yorkshire native Alistair Griffin

by Simon_MacMichael   April 17, 2014  

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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.

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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.

posted by Emmyloolah [2 posts]
17th April 2014 - 14:04

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... and ?

The whole thing is a giant "meh"

posted by mad_scot_rider [548 posts]
17th April 2014 - 14:27

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'Made in Yorkshire', brilliant, mood music captures it all.

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posted by antonio [956 posts]
17th April 2014 - 14:38

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I think we could of done a better job in Scotland

posted by Alex14 [4 posts]
17th April 2014 - 14:42

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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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posted by aslongasicycle [302 posts]
17th April 2014 - 15:02

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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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posted by jasecd [147 posts]
17th April 2014 - 15:07

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Jebus. NO NEED.

posted by andyp [898 posts]
17th April 2014 - 15:45

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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.

posted by bobbypuk [17 posts]
17th April 2014 - 15:49

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Did nobody think to phone Pete Shelley?

posted by iamelectron [108 posts]
17th April 2014 - 16:14

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Old Emmerdale Farm Music not good enough then?

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posted by Flying Scot [557 posts]
17th April 2014 - 16:31

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WHY? Sick

posted by The Acai [12 posts]
18th April 2014 - 7:50

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Flying Scot wrote:
Old Emmerdale Farm Music not good enough then?

Or 'Last of the Summer Wine'?

Did Nightrider 2013 and 2014 for Parkinson's UK. Might just have one last go in 2015.

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posted by jova54 [619 posts]
18th April 2014 - 8:52

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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.

posted by FluffyKittenofT... [684 posts]
18th April 2014 - 11:29

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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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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [591 posts]
18th April 2014 - 17:09

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Sounds like the theme to a shite 2pm soap... Crying

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

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posted by Cyclist [149 posts]
18th April 2014 - 18:25

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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.

posted by Argos74 [295 posts]
18th April 2014 - 21:54

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