A special beer has been brewed to honour veteran cyclist Brian Robinson, the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour de France.

The beer, which is being kept under wraps until an official launch later this month, has been brewed by the Little Valley Brewery in Cragg Vale, near Hebden Bridge.

The brewery, run by Sue Cooper and partner Wim van der Spek, is situated just off the Tour’s Grand Depart route where cyclists will pass by on July 6.

Brian, 83, of Mirfield, still cycles regularly and last year stopped off at the brewery as he was out riding with friends.

He got chatting to Sue and Wim, who met in 1999 while on separate cycling holidays in Nepal, and the couple later decided to name a beer to mark Brian’s achievements.

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Brian became the first Briton to compete in the Tour in 1955 and won a stage three years later.

Sue said: “It’s great that the Tour is coming to Yorkshire and this is the perfect time to give Brian the recognition that he didn’t get at the time.”

The name of the beer – or anything about its flavour – is a closely-guarded secret until its media launch on March 20.

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