Tour de France legend Barry Hoban to take his place on Wakefield’s walk of stars

Barry Hoban
Barry Hoban

Cycling legend Barry Hoban is a household name on the continent but now he is to become a star in his own hometown.

The Stanley born rider, who won eight stages of the world’s greatest cycle race between 1967 and 1975, will be awarded a star on the pavement in the city centre later today.

The 73-year-old, from Newtown, Wales, will join the eleven previous Wakefield stars winners when his plaque is fixed this afternoon.

The scheme aims to recognise current or past people who have a nationally recognised, outstanding achievement.

Mr Hoban’s award for his cycling feats comes as Wakefield Council launches its cycling legacy in celebration of Yorkshire starting the countdown to The Tour de France starting in Leeds next July.

The council has developed a programme of activities leading up to, during and beyond the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart as part of a 25 priority spoke plan to get more people cycling.

Coun Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “The Tour de France arrives in Yorkshire in just under a year and it is only fitting that one of Wakefield’s cycling legends receives one of our Wakefield star awards.

“I’m proud to be presenting Barry with this star and I’m sure he will be a great ambassador for our legacy plans and inspire people to get on their bike and take up cycling opportunities across the district.”

In partnership with British Cycling and West Yorkshire Metro, the council has announced Wakefield’s own Sky Ride local programme. For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/cycling and www.goskyride.com