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ITV's Yorkshire-set soap was looking for cycling extras for Tour de France-themed episodes...

Updated: A casting agent who launched an appeal to find cyclist extras to appear in special Tour de France-themed episodes of Yorkshire-set ITV soap Emmerdale has told road.cc that she has been inundated with enquiries for hopefuls - and is pleading for people to STOP sending in applications.

On Wednesday, we reported how a Bradford-based casting agency and artiste management firm was looking to find some cycling extras for filming of the episodes of the long-running progamme.

The main requirement was that applicants should be “an experienced and keen looking cyclist with a good road bike, usual Lycra and equipment.”

The agency added, “basically if you look like you wouldn’t be out of place at the Tour de France, I could book you in for some days’ filming at the Emmerdale village in Harewood.”

Judging by the response to our original article, they will have had no shortage of interest.

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.