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Updated: Casting agent inundated after Emmerdale cyclist extras appeal - no more please!

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 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.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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