Tour de France hero Brian Robinson honoured by Yorkshire Hotel's gallery

Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton unveils room dedicated to achievements of Britain's first Tour de France stage winner, Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson, by Chris Auld

Yorkshire’s Grand Départ of the Tour de France may have occurred almost a year ago now but Tour fever is still sweeping the county.

Rendezvous Hotel, in the town of Skipton that hosted the peloton on stage one and stage two, has unveiled a room dedicated to the achievements of Brian Robinson marked with a series of photo galleries.

Robinson, Britain’s first ever stage winner of the Tour in 1958 and the first Briton to complete the Grand Tour, was a leading figure in attracting Tour organisers ASO to his home county.

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The hotel’s affinity with the race has even seen 16 new rooms be named as the Tour de France block.

Brian Robinson at the Eroica Britannia 2015

Brian Robinson (right) at the Eroica Britannia 2015. Photo: Andy Jones
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Hotel owner Malcolm Weaving was delighted to officially open the room in homage to Robinson: “It’s like Roger Bannister running the first four-minute mile – there can only ever be one first and in the Tour, Brian was it.”

Welcome to Yorkshire’s CEO, Sir Gary Verity, told Robinson that the “accolade is richly deserved”.

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