A WORLD-famous company based in the county has created the trophy which will be presented to the overall winner of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Thomas Fattorini Ltd has designed and crafted the piece in the shape of the letter Y.

The historic firm, founded in 1827, has also produced the race medals.

Director of sales and marketing, Tom Fattorini, said: "We do business internationally – supplying trophies to the likes of FIFA – and when we were invited to support the production of the Tour de Yorkshire trophy and medals, we felt it was a perfect fit given our Yorkshire history.

"We look forward to the winner proudly showing off the new trophy to the world on May 3."

Thomas Fattorini Ltd was originally established by Antonio Fattorini, a European immigrant who settled in Yorkshire and established a number of retail outlets.

One part of the company, known then as Fattorini & Sons of Bradford, made the FA Cup which Bradford City won in 1911.

The company also made the rugby league Challenge Cup.

Gary Verity, chief executive of marketing agency Welcome to Yorkshire, said the firm's roots in the county made it the "perfect partner" to provide the inaugural trophy and medals.

"We were thrilled when we saw the design and even more excited when we saw the trophy for the first time," he added.

The trophy has been on a mini tour around the county and will be presented to the race winner in Roundhay Park, Leeds, on Sunday (May 3).

And a company with Yorkshire connections has also designed the event's podium jerseys.

They have been produced by Milltag, founded by Leeds-born Ed Cowburn and business partner Pete Kelsey.

As well as the jerseys for overall race leader, King of the Mountain and the sprint/points sections, the firm has created the official event jersey.

Mr Cowburn said: "Being a proud Yorkshireman, it's a dream come true that we have been able to work with Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and Welcome to Yorkshire on this.

"We are an ambitious company with a strong desire to change the perception of cycle wear as lacking in style and character, so when the opportunity came up we knew this was our chance to show exactly what we can do.

"We took inspiration from the rich heritage of Yorkshire's textile industry and used Welcome to Yorkshire's iconic Y logo to create a series of individual patterns for each of the winner's jerseys."

Laurent Lachaux, for ASO said: "We were instantly impressed with Milltag's ideas and very quickly realised we had found a company with great passion for design and for cycling."

The official event jerseys retail at £55. Visit Yorkshire.com/shop for more details.