A decorative yellow bike heralding the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire to a Doncaster village has been stolen - just days after it was announced the cycle race had been re-routed to take in the area.
Residents in Sprotbrough have been left fuming after the bike was nabbed from a roadside display, just days after organisers of the prestigious cycle race revealed that the route had been changed after pressure from locals.
Posting in the Sprotbrough Tour de Yorkshire Facebook group James Peter wrote: "Some of you may have seen some yellow bikes appearing around Sprotbrough Country Club in preparation for the #tdy
"Unfortunately, at approximately 8am this morning (Tuesday) the bike that was attached to the Main Street sign at the bottom of new lane has been STOLEN.
"This bike was sprayed and paid for by a company with the donation going in to the Sprotbrough Community Fund.
"According to CCTV the thief wheeled the bike, as it couldn't be ridden towards the shops. Please like and share this post! Let's make Sprotbrough great and get behind the #tdy."
Sprotbrough had initially missed out on staging the event which will come through Doncaster on April 30.
But after coming under pressure from residents, organisers of the cycling extravaganza last week announced that the race will take in Sprotbrough after all.
The route will take in Main Street, through the heart of the village, down Boat Lane, through Sprotbrough Falls and on up to Warmsworth.
After seeing on the Tour De Yorkshire website that the route would miss out the heart of the village, residents sprung in to action contacting the event organisers and putting their case forward for why the route would be better to come Sprotbrough.
Paul Hall, the owner of Sprotbrough Country Club was one of the residents who spearheaded the efforts and said: “Sprotbrough is a great village with a great community spirit. I couldn’t believe the race was going to pass us by. Now the route has been changed we will be holding a huge community gala on Main Street and New Lane Park for residents and visitors. There will be live bands, entertainment, stalls, food and drinks.”
The race will arrive in Sprotbrough at around 12.30/1 for the women's race and will see the men arrive at around 3.30/4 on April 30.