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BAFTA nomination for Yorkshire Grand Depart coverage

Production company behind Stage 1 TV pictures up against FA Cup semi-final, Monty Python and WW1 commemoration

The production team behind TV coverage of the opening stage of last year’s Tour de France in Yorkshire have been nominated for a Television BAFTA.

The programme, made by specialist road and track cycling production company Vsquared, has been nominated in the Sport & Live Events category.

The three other programmes nominated are:

• The FA Cup Semi-Final between Hull City and Sheffield United

• Monty Python (Mostly) Live: One Down, Five To Go and

• WW1 Remembered – From The Battlefield & Westminster Abbey.

Three individuals are nominated for the award for the Tour de France coverage - Steve Docherty, Carolyn Viccari and James Venner.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the coverage of Stage 1 of the Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France has been nominated for a BAFTA.

“It was incredible as nearly 4 million people lined the route as the race made its way through the UK.

“The images from the day captured the enormity and excitement of the event and winning a BAFTA would be an incredible achievement for all concerned,” he added.

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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