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- Marcel Kittel wins Stage 1 of Tour de France
- Jens Voigt claims polka dot jersey
- Millions lining the streets today and tomorrow
- Huge crowds across region
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Okay, we're going to wrap up here. Thank you to everyone who sent pictures. We hope you've all had a great day. We'll be back early tomorrow, when the Tour de France comes to YORK! Allez, allez, allez!
Marcel Kittel wishes Mark Cavendish all the best and says he hopes to see him at York for Stage Two tomorrow. It remains unclear how likely that is.
So to recap very briefly on an historic day for the region:
- Crowds estimated at more than a million lined the streets, from Leeds this morning, through the Dales to Ripon and finally Harrogate.
- Marcel Kittel won Stage 1 with a time of 4h 44m 7s, but local hero Mark Cavendish crashed out just yards from the line, when he collided with fellow rider Simon Gerrans.
- Police have praised the crowd behaviour.
- There were 3 injuries during the day - a cycling spectator in Reeth collided with a car; a boy was hit by a Tour vehicle in Ilkley; and a woman suffered head injuries when she fell through the roof of a building in Skipton. Her injuries were initially thought to be serious, but are now confirmed as less severe.
Police say A spectator on a bicycle was in collision with a car in the Reeth area of North Yorkshire. Paramedics assisted her and she was taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are also not believed to be life threatening.
Mark Cavendish is on his way to hospital. There was a huge crowd of well-wishers around the ambulance as it left Harrogate, says oure reporter on the scene, Megi Rychlikova.
The Duchess of Cambridge has presented the yellow jersey to Stage winner Marcel Kittel. He'll be wearing that for Stage 2 tomorrow.
TV stills show the cruel moment that dashed Mark Cavendish's hopes:
RT @inrng: Cavendish and Gerrans tangle before crashing http://t.co/ggKkJ4nBBa— @Oskar_Rk 05 July 2014
Devastation for Mark Cavendish in the sprint finish. It's not yet clear whether he'll be fit in time for Day 2, which starts in York at 11am tomorrow.
Scott Wilson, for the Northern Echo in Harrogate, says: "20,000 in the fan park had a massive intake of breath when Cavendish went down. Wasn't obvious for a second it was him, but when announced there was a huge scream."
He looks to have a damaged collarbone or shoulder. He collided with another rider while going for a gap.
So the first 10:
- Marcel Kittel
- Peter Sagan
- Ramunas Navardauskas
- Bryan Coquard
- Michael Rogers
- Chris Froome
- Alexander Kristoff
- Sep Vanmarcke
- Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil
- Michael Albasini
Culpable de la caída: Mark Cavendish. #PasiónTDF #TDF http://t.co/gu6SsrFMbJ— @cycling_passion 05 July 2014
Sir Rodney Walker, Chair of TdFHUB2014 Ltd said: “Today has been a massive success with well over one million people enjoying the sporting action along the route. Spectators have had a fantastic day they will never forget and Yorkshire has been showcased to a massive global audience.
“It has taken a huge amount of planning and teamwork, so thank you to all of our partners, and especially our stewards and the Tour Maker volunteers for all of their hard work.
“Today has set the tone for the next two days, and we look forward to seeing more huge crowds lining the route to watch the world’s best cyclists in action."
- initial estimate is that over one million spectators lined the route
- 230,000 in Leeds centre
- over 10,000 on Buttertubs
Kittel's time was 4h 44m 07s
Marcel Kittel has won the Stage but all the attention among the home crowds is on Mark Cavendish. He fell in a collision just yards from the line, and has now got back on his bike, in clear pain, to cycle across the finishing line to loud cheers from the huge crowds here.
Marcel Kittel wins stage 1, Peter Sagan second.
There's been a crash just before the finish. Mark Cavendish has fallen.
Police say a woman who fell through a roof at the Corn Mill in Skipton is now thought to have suffered only minor injuries.
The woman, who was flown by air ambulanced to Leeds General Infirmary, was initially thought to have suffered serious head injuries, but police now say she only sustained cuts and bruises.
It is believed the woman had climbed on the roof via a first floor window. The route of the Tour de France was not affected by the incident.
1.9km to go....
Mark Cavendish's Omega Pharma-Quick-Step team push to the front with less than 3km to go.
@opqscyclingteam à l'avant, plus que 2 km / at the front the peloton 2 km to go #TDF http://t.co/lxD8oTgBMR— @letour 05 July 2014
Crowds giving plenty of atmosphere at the finish of the #tdf in Harrogate http://t.co/smsemuTKgL— @theloafltd 05 July 2014
Le Tour in Harrogate http://t.co/52BUdamOtL http://t.co/OI82TZdIeB— @AdamPiplica 05 July 2014
To say I wasn't bother about the Tour De France the atmosphere in Harrogate is amazing! #happy http://t.co/GPvV9TmIdl— @beth_marsh 05 July 2014
10km to go!
RT @PaulJNapier: Incredible crowds> MT @newsgirlTracyG: Thousands lining the streets at the #TDF finish #Harrogate. #MyTDF @BBCLeeds http:/…— @tigernar 05 July 2014
Silver Command say early indications are that more than a million people have been along the route today. It'll be a similar story tomorrow, when the race starts in York and head to Knaresborough, Blubberhouses, Keighley, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Cragg Vale, Huddersfield, Holmfoirth, Holme Moss and Sheffield.
Peloton passing Ripon. Crowds today have been amazing. Very proud of all police officers and staff. Should be an exciting finish.— @McIntoshKenneth 05 July 2014
.@giovisco, comandando a los MOV antes de que empiece el lanzamiento del sprint. -15km #AllezMovistarTeam #TDF http://t.co/1vsRjLSoMF— @Movistar_Team 05 July 2014
Police are advising visitors arriving in Harrogate and wishing to view the race to avoid Parliament Street and the Fan Park and find an alternative vantage point, such as Stray Rein, along York Road, in the direction of Empress roundabout, where they can watch the action on a big screen.
"The Tour de France is proving to be a spectacular success in Harrogate, with the route along Parliament Street teeming with spectators and the Velogogo Fan Park on the Stray currently unable to allow access to any further visitors,"said a spokesman for North Yorkshire Police.
Ripon: Less than 20km to go. Teams getting organised for the big push to the end.
Scott Wilson of the Northern Echo in Harrogate says:
Alessandro Pettachi, Mark Cavendish's main lead out rider is not part of the main leading group - a major blow to his hopes of winning the decisive sprint."
RT @Harrogate_News: Parliament Street is a bit busy too! #TDF2014 #TDFHarrogate http://t.co/kOkTDGLVC7— @Adam_Sapple 05 July 2014
RT @Harrogate_News: Crescent Gardens #Harrogate 15 deep ? for the #TDF2014 #TDFHarrogate http://t.co/1Qx6mlsMrQ— @leach_mick 05 July 2014
They're STILL partying in Ilkley, and the cyclists passed by nearly four hours ago. The Ilkley Hub at Riverside Gardens is currently packed with families enjoying food, drink and a funfair, as well as a giant cinema screen, which will be showing The LEGO Movie at 5pm. The Hub Festival, which began yesterday, is raising money for the town’s Outside The Box cafe, which supports people with learning disabilities.
Megi Rychlikova in Harrogate says:
Huge banks of cycles have been left near the finish line by cyclists who have come to see the race. Families are picnicking on The Stray and excitement is mounting.
There are spectators and journalists from around the world, she says.
The riders are in Masham now, and it looks stunning. The two local breweries are joining in the fun....
Team Theakston at #legrandparty Masham http://t.co/kgrP706a73— @Theakston1827 05 July 2014
Now passing through Masham - 35km to go.
A BOY was injured when he was hit by one of the Tour De France convoy vehicles in Ilkley this afternoon, police have revealed.
At 12.39pm police were called to reports of a teenage boy being injured after he was in collision with one of the team vehicles.
He was treated at the scene, and then airlifted to hospital with suspected leg injuries.
His condition has been described as stable, and police are currently investigating how the incident happened.
Thousands greet the #TDF promotional caravan as it arrives in #Harrogate #TDF2014 #letouryorkshire http://t.co/Opz3ow6Kgf— @northyorkscc 05 July 2014
RT @Bettys1919: The Harrogate finish line from above our Cafe Tea Room. @letouryorkshire #tdf http://t.co/btYhE5KK5f— @the_ansell 05 July 2014
The publicity caravans have reached Harrogate. Our reporter Megi Rychlikova is there. She says:
Harrogate is ‘en fete.’ Huge crowds have flocked to the town and are packing War Memorial Square where a huge screen is relaying the race.
Children and adults of all ages and types are walking in one direction - towards the tour and there is till an hour before the cyclists arrive, although it is running slightly behind schedule, according to various tweets I have read.
There''s a real air of excitement, fun and enjoyment and everyone is really getting into the spirit. There are loads of Union Flags and Yorkshire flags on display."
RT @NYorksPolice: Anyone in #Harrogate? Give our helicopter @NPAS_CarrGate a wave! #TDFPolicePics #TDF #TourNY @letour @letouryorkshire htt…— @b3n1b0y 05 July 2014
Been a brilliant stage in the Tour de France, great coverage on TV of the best countryside in the world. http://t.co/8B2KQVGLGW— @handyandy_andy 05 July 2014
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RT @mrconde: Alberto Contador helps setting the standard for #TDF selfies. http://t.co/g663mTR5zG (pic via @Contador_Fans)— @ver_Rueckte 05 July 2014
The live points tally:
- Jens Voigt 20
- Nicolas Edet 17
- Benoit Jarrier 15
- Bryan Coquard 13
- Andre Greipel 11
- Peter Sagan 10
- Mark Cavendish 9
- Kevin Reza 8
- Alessandro Petacchi 7
- Maciej Bodnar 6
The riders are near Masham now. The official ETA there was 3.41pm.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry travelled by helicopter to meet spectators and see the Riders pass through the village of West Tanfield, near Ripon
Riders now passing through Leyburn. Crowds wait their arrival in Masham:
Live from the Tour de France in Masham. No bikes yet. http://t.co/5pRL3S9uB7— @emmdiddy 05 July 2014
Some of today's best pictures are coming from the Movistar Team on twitter (@movistar_team). Here are a few:
Jens Voigt has now been caught by the Peloton.
Voigt tops out at Grinton Moor and claims the King of the Mountains (polka dot) jersey. His lead has been reduced to less than a minute.
Not much sympathy on ITV for those riders held up by the crowds - "It's their own fault for not being at the front"!
For a third time, riders in the peloton have had to stop while the road clears ahead. This time on Grinton Moor climb.
The TdF leaders passing through Cracoe...#letour #tdf http://t.co/9XFerofhtN— @StuWelch 05 July 2014
RT @IStannard: Gutted to miss @letouryorkshire but got the best seat in the house thanks @rafredarrows @TeamSky http://t.co/rIgQ4UluV2— @nickrosenthal 05 July 2014
A spectator in Skipton was airlifted to hospital earlier after apparently falling through a roof while watching the race. She is reported to have suffered serious head injuries.
Leader Voigt passing through Reeth - the most northern point of the Tour de France's 111-year history. Next up Grinton Moor climb.
Motorists are being urged not to try to drive in Harrogate, where there are huge crowds.
The chase is on.... Jens Voigt is now leading by 2m 43s, with around an hour and 20 mins to go. Remember, Voigt, 42, is the oldest rider in this year's Tour. This is his 17th and final Tour de France. What a story it would be if he won this opening Stage on his final appearance....
The publicity caravan in Reeth -
RT @dishydave1958: @letourRipon A packed Town Square! #TDF http://t.co/SRqc1NFbvO— @blgmasham 05 July 2014
Vorig jaar keken we ook al samen #letour http://t.co/vx4XcltbEv— @JoVlas 05 July 2014
From nuclearmum on instagram:
I think there's a road in there somewhere......#buttertubspass #letour #tvpic #tdf
#york looking pretty today...ready for #letour #tourdefrance #tourdeyorkshire http://t.co/dmDqhsHlvx— @jojohollins 05 July 2014
Go on Jens! #letour #letouryorkshire http://t.co/4aeiHDUuhD— @milkycole 05 July 2014
#TDF After some incredible scenes over the climb of Buttertubs the peloton has split into quite a few groups - http://t.co/zZqBDVjgrA— @TeamSky 05 July 2014
On the B6265 between Cracoe and Threshfield, courtesy of our colleagues at the Telegraph and Argus in Bradford:
Amazing crowds at Buttertubs Pass!
That shot is drawing wonder around the world!
Otra de las cotas con muchisima gente a 89km de meta #tdf http://t.co/zCh63nrwWo— @NCiclismo 05 July 2014
Just lovely to see Christian Prudhomme & @GaryVerity applaud the crowds during this morning's rollout in Leeds. #TDF http://t.co/mP6alpI1ZN— @readthewriter 05 July 2014
Arrived in York for #TDF. T'depart shall be grand! Brilliant jersey in @CycleHeaven window. http://t.co/0DprEjv9En— @readthewriter 04 July 2014
More pics from earlier in the route, from Otley.....
Leader Jens Voigt, 42, the oldest cyclist in the race, is just approaching Buttertubs Pass.
Press reporter Megi Rychlikova has been a Tour Maker this morning, based near Harewood House. She says:
Many of the people in the large crowds were on bikes and as soon as the race convoy went past, they got on their own bikes to head to Harrogate for today's grand finale. It's been exciting and very happy, and ther children loved the caravan - going for all the goodies they could. There were people from all ages, from children in stabilisers to adults. There were people from Australia, France and also those who had just walked from Leeds."
And Scott Wilson for the Echo in Harrogate:
"Entire road out of Harrogate heading towards Ripon is now lined ten deep. Race seems to be panning out for a bunch sprint with leading trio not really opening up enough of a gap to stay clear. Will be much clearer after Butterrubs though."
Stuart Minting in Ripon for our sister paper The Norther Echo:
"Tour organisers ASO draw applause as they climb hedges beside series of roundabouts to give directions to the riders. Small peleton of North Yorkshire police officers on mountain bikes draws larger cheers. Police pose with fans from Australia and allow them to wear their helmets as the officers wave Australian flags."
#Gazzetta #tdf La increible aficion en la primera etapa de @letour foto via @Movistar_Team @giovisco http://t.co/Ru82goBj4F— @cirogazzetta 05 July 2014
The moment the race leaders passed through Addingham. Great scenes! https://t.co/pLaV4Ui8pH #tdf2014 #tdf #tdfbd #tdfyorkshire— @AlbFreeman 05 July 2014
The breakaway reaches #Ilkley! #LTcycling #tdfyorks https://t.co/E1dq4wxAOr— @AlexMiller91 05 July 2014
Cliffords Tower in #york ready for #letour @letouryorkshire http://t.co/SRBhztAUVh— @mythofthenorth 05 July 2014
We're just over three hours into Stage 1 now, and approaching the half way point. The estimated finish time is around 4.30pm.
The peloton is near Aysgarth at the moment, with just over 5mins between them and the leaders. The initial ETA at Buttertubs Pass was 2.29pm.
RT @letouryorkshire: Here's an ace pic from @swpixtweets of @MarkCavendish & @chrisfroome shaking hands at the front of the peloton. #TDF h…— @jonalaws1 05 July 2014
#GrandDepart #Leeds http://t.co/yER4atJ9SU— @jonalaws1 05 July 2014
#GrandDepart #Leeds http://t.co/51nk456Inn— @jonalaws1 05 July 2014
#GrandDepart #Leeds http://t.co/Bjm1gsuNWw— @jonalaws1 05 July 2014
#TDF2014 #Leeds http://t.co/giMIuAHKu4— @jonalaws1 05 July 2014
If you want to follow the teams, here are the 22 official accounts:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince Harry pose for a picture in front of the Peleton at Harewood House, Leeds, Yorkshire. PA PICS
The peloton, including Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish (right) depart from Harwood House near Leeds on stage one of the Tour De France. PA PICS
RT @NetAppEndura: 5 years ago we had the dream of starting a team on amateur level + develop it to a @letour team. Here we are! #TDF http:/…— @MarSilF 05 July 2014
50 km done. Voigt, Edet and Jarrier have a 3'10" lead on the pack where Lars Bak is chasing #TDF— @Lotto_Belisol 05 July 2014
A minor fall, as Mikael Cherel comes off his bike.
Two pics from Skipton:
RT @TeamBelkin: TDF - BEHIND THE SCENES – Ever wondered what’s in the Team car during a race? Here’s a little sneak peek: http://t.co/JFeEV…— @avl_langksml 05 July 2014
Passengers trying to travel to Harrogate this afternoon are facing an hour’s delay at York Railway Station.
A station spokesman said that despite extra trains being operated today by Northern Rail – with one running every half hour - the sheer numbers of passengers wanting to travel was leading to huge queues building up on platforms.
He said passengers were good-natured and he urged people to continue being patient until they had caught their train.
#tourdefrance #tourdeyorkshire #TourFever @VisitYork @Welcome2Yorks @LeTour_York @letouryorkshire Getting Tour'd up http://t.co/z2XHvGU8cG— @YorkBoat 05 July 2014
A couple of pics from Ilkley:
RT @ClaireAshforth: A relaxed Prince Harry chatting to the #TDF2014 crowd at Harewood house http://t.co/vf4816xY4K— @mrs_sb 05 July 2014
As swiftly as the race came through a mass exodus occured in Otley. "We're off to Harrogate to catch the end," said keen cyclist Sally Clarker of Gargrave as she hopped onto her bike and headed off at speed. By 12.45pm the team of imported security men were removing crash barriers and the pavements were clear.
Terrific scenes in Skipton as the leaders of the Tour de France get acquainted with the wonders of Yorkshire. http://t.co/bMubCVzwvZ— @MarkReynolds007 05 July 2014
RT @georgehinton: #TdF peloton riders whizzing through Ilkley. http://t.co/nY9jzc1J1t— @bradfordmdc 05 July 2014
RT @tomfev: The Tour de France makes its way through #Otley #TDF http://t.co/8YKMBunZdO— @Bexdolan94 05 July 2014
They've been getting ready for @MarkCavendish on the final run into Harrogate #letour #TDF #GrandDepart http://t.co/MSLSVxbyM6— @iparkysport 05 July 2014
Wow what an amazing atmosphere in Harrogate #TDF massive crowds and still 3 hours to go #doneyorkshireproud http://t.co/O9oZk26WsJ— @AndyN1970 05 July 2014
RT @amantes_cycling: Hoy comienza la 101° edicion del #TdF, los corredores tendrán que afrontar 3.664 km repartidos en 21 etapas http://t…— @JuananProvensal 05 July 2014
Here come the bikes, don't blink #letour #hugecrowds http://t.co/ylH0vfKr62— @heresjonnyp 05 July 2014
Crowds in Otley:
The ceremonial start of The Tour De France 2014 in Leeds. PA PIC.
They're in Otley - bang on schedule!
Bigger crowds than France? Ooh! Controversial! #TDF #TDF2014 #otley #Yorkshire #TourFever http://t.co/OBhK4PXBJo— @paulscurrah 05 July 2014
Otley for TDF http://t.co/IdLsttjA6K— @sionyt 05 July 2014
The leaders are approaching Otley. Here's a pic from there:
Looking into #Otley from Pool Rd. A real buzz abt the town as we await the #LeCaravan #TdF http://t.co/tgRKfIceM5— @sandylay 05 July 2014
Awesome display by #redarrows Loving The #tourdefrance #itvtour http://t.co/eFZx0iVlwP— @richellis_ 05 July 2014
Today's Matt cartoon in the Daily Telegraph....
Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome (front) lead the Grand Depart at the ceremonial start of The Tour De France 2014 in Leeds. PA PIC.
The first break-away is by Jens Voigt, the oldest cyclist, competing in his 17th Tour, and by Nicolas Edet, a 26-year-old Frenchman in the Confidis team.
There are some fantastic pictures from @movistar_team on twitter....
Arranca oficialmente desde Yorkshire la 101ª edición del #TDF. ¡#AllezMovistarTeam! http://t.co/FaVoBN0aLj— @Movistar_Team 05 July 2014
Christian Prudhomme has lowered the flag and the racing is under way. Allez, allez, allez!
🚲Tour de France Has Started!!🚲RT@Procyclingeu 1m #tdf The RAF's red arrows make the tricolor over the Tour de France http://t.co/BkEvcVQacj— @solysombra0518 05 July 2014
Kate Middleton a chopé le gazon de Wimbledon pour s'en faire une robe pour le Tour de France ! #tdf http://t.co/U4FUjPbwE6— @DanRomandini 05 July 2014
The Red Arrows have flown over Harewood House. The ribbon has been cut. The cyclists are on their way again, and Christian Prudhomme will wave the flag any moment now to begin the actual racing.....
A pic from the SPanish team, Movistar
Ahora, una ceremonia de inauguración ante la Harewood House, con parte de la familia real británica presente. #TDF http://t.co/P8AIBc7WZ5— @Movistar_Team 05 July 2014
The Red Arrows are about to fly over....
What a setting! The Royal party are meeting the Tour dignitaries, the cyclists are waiting for the off......
The cyclists have all arrived at Harewood House. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are ready to start the race. The French national anthem, La Marseillaise, and God Save the Queen are being played. - And the sun is shining!!
The cyclists have removed their helmets for the anthems.
Can't wait for the riders to get to the Buttertubs. This is an amatuer rider going over the top Thursday #TdF #sbstdf http://t.co/vJvR24JxNp— @micklerod 05 July 2014
Reino Unido vuelve a demostrar con #LeTour que le tiene cogido el pulso a los eventos deportivos http://t.co/if7kE3FT7U Via @Movistar_Team.— @MallorcaSM 05 July 2014
An amazing start to #TDF2014 #TDF never seen crowds like it @letour @letouryorkshire in the pack http://t.co/315bTi0Apf— @lawrencelnt 05 July 2014
Waiting for the Tour de France in Skipton. Getting exciting now. #tdf #TDF2014 #TDFyorkshire http://t.co/EgnA2RCsth— @Michaelhlamb 05 July 2014
Pretty special day for Yorkshire. We do everything better. #letouryorkshire #TDF http://t.co/CDKyUy1CZT— @JamesFromLeeds 05 July 2014
Struth! Have a look at the size of the crowds for the Grand Depart of the #tdf @letouryorkshire @letour http://t.co/bRzRQEWAR0— @trekkingskills 05 July 2014
First mechanical failure of #tdf. Luckily, for him there was a #tourmaker on hand to assist. #tdf2014 http://t.co/JY8GIC6LjE— @CathEHiggins 05 July 2014
Girls are ready - great weekend for Yorkshire! #letouryorkshire #letour http://t.co/AGyeImpQKZ— @harlequinyork 05 July 2014
Britain's sprinter Mark Cavendish, left, talks to Britain's Christopher Froome prior to the start of the first stage of the Tour de France in Leeds. PA PIC.
The weekend is a huge one for 999 services and the officials. Yorkshire Ambulance Service has more than 1,000 medics, additional cycling paramedics and three air ambulances will be on duty over the weekend, and say extra staff have been drafted in to minimise the impact of a strike by Unite staff. Almost 1,000 police officers are on duty, as are 7,000 to 8,000 official Tour Makers and 3,000 to 4,000 stewards.
The cyclists are arriving at Harewood House, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will start the official race:
So many people. #letouryorkshire http://t.co/LzRKgUyF6P— @JamesLUFC 05 July 2014
Courtesy of our sister paper, The Telegraph and Argus in West Yorkshire:
Stuart Moore, from York, and Carolyn Richards, of Doncaster, arrived in Skipton at around 7am.
Stuart said: "This is a once in a lifetime thing. It's all about the atmosphere, and is not so much the cycling because the cyclists go past so quickly."
Carolyn said Skipton is "decked out" for the occasion, saying: "It's fabulous. I always watch it on TV, and now I can watch it in person. It's also good to see all the amateurs cycling the route so early in the morning."
Cyclists Tim, Helen and Michael Trew came from Bristol, Leeds and London, respectively, to watch the event.
Tim said it took him seven hours to drive up from Bristol and he admitted he saw a lot of cars carrying bikes on the way.
Speaking from outside Skipton Train Station, the trio were cycling into the Dales to see how they could get before the roads were shut to cyclists. Helen anticipated they would be stopping in Grassington.
She said the Tour was great for Yorkshire. "Leeds doesn't have much of an identity, so it gives them a sense owning something. It's good for tourism."
"It's amazingly well organised, I thought it was going to be chaos."
Cyclists Phil Knights and his son Ed came all the way from Devon to enjoy the world's largest cycling race.
Speaking on Skipton's High Street at 7.30am, Phil said: "It's brilliant and there's a great atmosphere, even at this time of the morning."
A member of Yogi Cycling Club in Plymouth, Phil added: "There are some decent climbs and the narrow roads of the Dales will present a big challenge to the cyclists."
Finish line fandom http://t.co/Flmr2aP1tk— @Bettys1919 05 July 2014
Arthen (left) and Lilwen Banning draw Cav with chalk on the road leading upto the finish Line, before stage one of the Tour de France in Harrogate. PA PIC.
RT @letour: Outstanding crowd on the way to the official start #TDF http://t.co/NtxPdIYGwL— @jy29ss 05 July 2014
RT @yorkshire_dales: Brilliant. RT @bellsandbikes: Hi @NFUnortheast Here's a dry stone wall bike by Gary Helliwell @letouryorkshire #tdf ht…— @InteriorAgent 05 July 2014
The sun is shining and huge crowds and cheering the cyclists as they make their way from Leeds city-centre to Harewood House.
You wait four hours for a cyclist and 186 come at once #letouryorkshire http://t.co/yKplFf02lk— @IanEdwards46 05 July 2014
This is the 101st Tour de France, and it's the fourth time it has visited Britain - previous occasions were 1974, 1994 and 2007.
We are selling off our knitted jersey #letour bunting, lovingly created by our volunteers and yours for £5 each. http://t.co/nCCpnApT6P— @Oxfam_BookMusic 05 July 2014
Here we go! #letour http://t.co/Zpm4mA4Bzc— @AndyJaggard 05 July 2014
And they're off! #tourdefrance #tdf #leeds #yorkshire http://t.co/o1jjZklfbZ— @JimHearson 05 July 2014
Le départ est donné ! C'est partiiii ! #TDF #TDF2014 #TwittCyclos http://t.co/vJj3XXNeaa— @LeGruppetto 05 July 2014
And we're off!
We're just moments away from the start. The cyclists will set off from Headrow in Leeds but the proper racing does not begin until they reach Harewood House, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will wave the flag.
The best view of #letouryorkshire that I'm going to get. Everyone's having damn good time. #letour @letour http://t.co/jpBl6jRfAJ— @_gandhara 05 July 2014
Hey there!!! #tdf #GrandDepart #GrandDepartYorkshire http://t.co/LjcC4Dg8de— @l_beare 05 July 2014
Chilling in the sun #TDF #GrandDepartYorkshire #GrandDepart #LISS14 http://t.co/DNxTefK4Do— @l_beare 05 July 2014
@LeedsLISS watching some of the first cyclists signing their names.. #tdf #GrandDepart #GrandDepartYorkshire #LISS14 http://t.co/SxIH7kB3R2— @l_beare 05 July 2014
OK so you can't quite tell but the sun IS coming out! #GrandDepart #GrandDepartYorkshire #Leeds http://t.co/yWGB3KfDZz— @l_beare 05 July 2014
RT @letouryorkshire: The big day is finally upon us. The cyclists will all line up here shortly - who's excited? #TDF @letour http://t.co/C…— @mamianagenjin 05 July 2014
The caravan has just ended in Otley, so the excitement is building for the arrival of the bikes themselves.
Thousands of smiling faces of all ages now pack the pavements the whole length of the route through Otley.
RT @OfficialHARIBO: Are you at #TdF today? Watch out for the #HARIBOTdF trucks, you might get some treats! #TDFyorkshire #GrandDepart http:…— @mackenziejanebr 05 July 2014
Not long now! #skipton awaits the #tdf #exciting! http://t.co/6ny3qyIKZM— @CravenMuseum 05 July 2014
In Leeds getting ready for the start ! #Leeds #tourdefrance #tourdeyorkshire #TDF2014 #TDF http://t.co/mfMrDUk8le— @DiamondbackUK 05 July 2014
RT @janetrewhella: Ey Up. Reet warm. #Otley #TdF http://t.co/aX3zpFuKY5— @thebramleyowl 05 July 2014
RT @BBCLookNorth: This is great! @bbctdf RT @TommyYorkshire: Outside Sainsbury's Headrow #Leeds #Leeds # TdFLeeds @BBCLookNorth http://t.co…— @GilVasey 05 July 2014
This is it. Our vantage point in Otley #TDF http://t.co/2cPrD58qFl— @TinyTeen1 05 July 2014
A bit of #Leeds support for one of the #TdF riders! @BBCSport #Busstopbanner http://t.co/j0DR2NMW2f— @CharlesHeslett 05 July 2014
A dog is dressed in a yellow jersey in Leeds ahead of the Grand Depart. PA pic
Checking out the finish line #GrandDepart #tdf #harrogate http://t.co/LNHJVKWbME— @Will_and_Vics 05 July 2014
The pics keep coming.....
Allez Yorkshire #letour #tourdefrance http://t.co/6k3c5Y1aIl— @Matt_Poss1 05 July 2014
The peloton leaves Headrow in Leeds at 11am today, cycling in procession to Harewood House, where the official race will be begun by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The route takes in 118 miles, through the Yorkshire Dales and then Ripon before ending in Harrogate around 4.30pm.
Tomorrow, up to 200,000 visitors are expected in York, virtually doubling the city's population for the day. The cyclists will set off from York Racecourse at 11am, to the city-centre at 11.20am, before leaving York via the A59 to Knaresborough, the Dales, and then on to South Yorkshire and Sheffield, including some of the toughest climbs in British cycling.
Here's a forecast for those taking to the streets....
Okay, a few facts and figures about the Tour....
- There are 22 teams of 9, giving 198 cyclists in total
- Of those 198, four are British: Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates
- There are 34 countries represented. France leads the way, unsurprisingly, with 44 cyclists, followed by Spain with 20 and Italy and the Netherlands with 17 each, then Germany, Australia and Belgium with 10 each.
- The cyclists range in age from 20 to 42. Danny Van Poppel from Holland is youngest - he turns 21 later this month. Jens Voigt is oldest - he turned 42 last September.
Thousands of cycling fans have arrived at the Rapha Tempest Festival for a four-day celebration of all things cyclingin the grounds of Broughton Hall Estate,near Skipton.
Thousands of cycling fans have arrived at the Rapha Tempest Festival for a four-day celebration of all things cyclingin the grounds of Broughton Hall Estate,near Skipton.
So many people in ilkley #tourdefrance http://t.co/gO3PrfFOqC— @vocster 05 July 2014
@sunshinemanuk "@FrankBars: #Yorkshire knows how to welcome the #TDF... #letouryorkshire #cycling #letour http://t.co/dnOWBb71Z2”— @graemeboxall 05 July 2014
The atmosphere is building!! #TDF #Ilkley #letourilkley #letour http://t.co/SP94anSHb0— @ListerHorsfall 05 July 2014
RT @IanDayPix: Cracking shot by John Giles of @PAImages as #tdf spectators arrive in #Reeth #tdfyorks #yorkshire http://t.co/x6kzwMQgxy— @PAImages 05 July 2014
The Tour promotional caravan has arrived in Otley with great shouts of "IT'S TODAY!"
The vanguard is speeding through Otley with French cries of "'Allo Yorksheer! And the Haribo cars are hurling sweets at 40mph.
Souvenir boxes of Yorkshire Tea are flying out from passing vans.
French safety staff are asking people to stand well back - in the nicest gallic accents.
Excitement builds in #Leeds for #LeGrandDepart of @letour 2014 @letouryorkshire @CyclingLeeds #YorkshireGrandDepart http://t.co/2y1lMXBmLg— @GregMulholland1 05 July 2014
The start of @letour in Leeds, looking forward to it. #teamsky— @JulianKajH 05 July 2014
RT @marcelkittel: And @letour starts - finally!! @GiantShimano is ready for some action! See you out there! >:)— @NiickvdB 05 July 2014
Team @lampre_merida is ready for the challenge 💪👍 I Like the detail of the number of wins \o/ Let the show begin #TDF http://t.co/uwbV6XVRvj— @RuiCostaCyclist 05 July 2014
RT @TeamSky: Thanks for the warm Yorkshire welcome! The best shots from the #TDF team presentation are here http://t.co/AvTicD1xFQ http://t…— @lillybubs 05 July 2014
And they were all yellow! #Coldplay #TDF http://t.co/M0AoASYPE4— @seanontwitty 05 July 2014
Wherever you are today, this guide will help - http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/indepth/tourdefrance/news/11305409.Guide_to_day_one_of_the_Grand_Depart/
When does #TDF get to Sheffield? Nice collection of t-shirt designs in the Millennium Galleries. http://t.co/UK3U3xMyyy— @ruthsays_ 05 July 2014
So busy already @VeloFest_UK #tourdefrance #tdf! http://t.co/6LfDEc5JH3— @lauramashiter 05 July 2014
There are four British riders taking to the start line in Leeds this morning: Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates.
Cavendish is targeting a 26th Tour stage win of his career, but a first yellow jersey, in his mother Adele's home town at the end of Saturday's 190.5-kilometre route from Leeds, but defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) carries overall hopes.
Huge crowds for the start of @letour @letouryorkshire #TDF #TDF2014 http://t.co/KeSP3qSEf2— @lawrencelnt 05 July 2014
More Bird's eye shots from #LGI #TDF http://t.co/Xi9lSIYwE2— @LTHTrust 05 July 2014
Our Facilities team keep a watchful eye from above @FacilitiesLeeds #TDF http://t.co/G8Yo2mej0V— @LTHTrust 05 July 2014
Our walls make a great vantage point #TDF http://t.co/MWTaESZIOd— @LTHTrust 05 July 2014
Cycling enthusiasts dressed as onion sellers ahead of stage one of the Tour de France which passes through the village of Reeth.
Cannot believe it starts now. 3656km to Paris, good luck to everybody! #TDF2014 #TDF http://t.co/MashZgBRSF— @MTBTR 05 July 2014
Pain de velo #tdf @LoveBread_ made in brighouse http://t.co/4xtAGwUQ5U— @This_Julie 05 July 2014
People arrive in Leeds ahead of the Grand Depart.
Emma Lightbody (left) and Hilary Dugdale take their position near the finish line before the finish of stage one of the Tour de France in Harrogate
Dancers in Otley....
RT @TeamSky: We're on the road. It's a long way to Paris! #TDF #TourFever http://t.co/TFzpyKeqoD— @SibleyHannah 05 July 2014
Mike King (left) with wife Frances and sons Oliver (centre) and James take their position near the finish line before the finish of stage one of the Tour de France in Harrogate, Yorkshire.
These two pics were taken in Leeds city-centre just over half an hour ago.
Ey up, world. #granddepart #TdF http://t.co/x6IiPY4onr— @johnthelutheran 05 July 2014
Otley fans @letouryorkshire #TDF #TDF2014 #songcycle http://t.co/JJf4bjl1XM— @HKorndorffer 05 July 2014
A few more pictures from twitter from around the region:
This crowd control business is tough. She does look wheely spoketackular though #TDF @letouryorkshire #TDFPolicePics http://t.co/uUxoSmyaWW— @WestYorksPolice 05 July 2014
@TheEdgeLeeds @LeedsLISS watching from here -what a view!! #tdf #GrandDepart #GrandDepartYorkshire #LISS14 http://t.co/UWF99mMJvf— @l_beare 05 July 2014
Zoe Lamming (left) husband James and beret-wearing baby Bobbie sported French dress with friends visiting from London.
They were some of the hundreds already lining the route through Otley by 9am.
"We live in Otley and are having a great time with mes amies!" Zoe said.
Skipton's High Street's setts are bounded by steel barriers for the thousands of people expected to watch the world's top cyclists ride through the town before heading into the Dales.
Most of the barriers were put in place on Friday evening and some people had already claimed prime viewing spots by about 6am this morning.
It's all happening on Harrogate road in #leeds with #letour coming through! http://t.co/HfMQW1KIDj— @folkuspoint 05 July 2014
#leeds #letour #legranddepart http://t.co/hnxxxuUiFF— @lawrielee 05 July 2014
The event is costing Yorkshire £21 million, including £6 million on road repairs, but it is expected to bring an economic boost of more than £100 million, according to Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity.
Mr Verity, the man whose dream brought the Grand Depart to the region, said last night: “Our county is about to make history as we welcome the world’s largest annual sporting event, which will provide a major opportunity for thousands of our businesses to benefit now and into the future."
He said the economic benefit would be felt across several sectors and said: "The Tour is broadcast in around 190 countries, providing Yorkshire with global exposure, and together we will do all we can to maximise this opportunity.”
Tourmakers Mary Cooper (left) and Ann Wellings have been greeting race fans in Otley since dawn.
"People are well prepared and it's going to be a brilliant day," said Ann.
Over in Ilkley, the town was filling up hours ahead of the race.
A reporter from our sister paper the Telegraph & Argus in Bradford says: "Each train arriving in Ilkley is packed with hundreds of cycle fans dressed in Yellow jerseys, berets and carrying Tricolours and Union Jacks. The Bradford to Ilkley train was packed, so the Grande Depart has obviously captured the imaginations of people across the district."
A few estimates times for today, for anyone waiting for the cyclists:
- 11am - Start at Headrow, Leeds
- 12.12pm - Otley Town Centre
- 12.49pm - Skipton High Street
- 1.58pm - Aysgarth
- 2.29pm - Buttertubs Pass near Hawes
- 3.16pm - Leyburn Market Place
- 3.41pm - Masham
- 4.01pm - Ripon
- 4.32pm - Finishes on Harrogate Stray
The caravanne of 180 promotional vehicles goes ahead of the cyclists, by one to two hours, handing out free gifts to the crowds.
Here's the route the cyclists are taking today:
We and our sister papers in Bradford and Darlington will be joining forces to bring you live updates, pictures and Tour facts and figures throughout the day. But we also want your help - please send us your pictures, stories updates by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting using the hashtags #TdF and/or #letour
THE stage is set, the bunting is up, and the final potholes have been filled. Now, let the drama begin.
After 18 months of planning and preparation, the eyes of the world turn to Yorkshire this weekend, as we host the largest annual sporting event on the planet.
Today and tomorrow, the Grand Depart of the 101st Tour de France will see 198 cyclists race through Yorkshire's cities, towns, villages and countryside, watched by crowds of up to four million along the route and a global television audience of countless millions more.
Follow this live article throughout today for live coverage as the Tour passes through Leeds, Otley, Skipton, Aysgarth, Buttertubs Pass, Leyburn, Masham, Ripon and finally Harrogate.