Published Saturday, 17 May 2014
Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton. (© ITV)
With cycling becoming very popular among the villagers due to the upcoming bike race, Nicola King is thrilled and very pleased with herself to secure Pendleton for the launch of Home Farm.
Speaking about her upcoming guest appearance, Pendleton said "Appearing on a soap is something I never expected to have the opportunity to do. So when the chance came up I thought it would be really good fun and my mum is a massive Emmerdale fan so that made the decision very easy.
"Fortunately I'm playing myself, so it shouldn't be too difficult but it's still quite nerve wracking.
"But the sun is out and I'm sure it will be fun and a great experience to do something different."
"We are thrilled Victoria Pendleton is coming to Yorkshire to appear in an episode of Emmerdale," added series producer, Kate Oates
"With the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in July, the whole area is feeling the excitement of the event - and we felt it was only fitting Emmerdale was part of that.
"As well as a cycling theme to the re-opening of Home Farm, there will be mentions of the race and a few interesting cyclists passing through the village. Plus, Jimmy might get a bit excited at the thought of meeting a long-held crush..."
Pendleton will appear on screen on Friday 4 July, the day before the Grand Depart of the Tour de France.
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