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5:33pm

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!

5:20pm

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.

5:14pm

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.

5:10pm

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.

5:08pm

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.

5:02pm

The Duchess of Cambridge has presented the yellow jersey to Stage winner Marcel Kittel. He'll be wearing that for Stage 2 tomorrow.

5:00pm

TV stills show the cruel moment that dashed Mark Cavendish's hopes:York Press:

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Here's the moment that led to the fall:

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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.

4:52pm

So the first 10:

  1. Marcel Kittel
  2. Peter Sagan
  3. Ramunas Navardauskas
  4. Bryan Coquard
  5. Michael Rogers
  6. Chris Froome
  7. Alexander Kristoff
  8. Sep Vanmarcke
  9. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil
  10. Michael Albasini

4:51pm

Mark Cavendish crashing out near the finishing line:

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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."

Key facts:

- initial estimate is that over one million spectators lined the route
- 230,000 in Leeds centre
- over 10,000 on Buttertubs

4:47pm

Kittel's time was 4h 44m 07s

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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.

4:46pm

Marcel Kittel wins stage 1, Peter Sagan second.

4:44pm

There's been a crash just before the finish. Mark Cavendish has fallen.

4:43pm

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.

4:41pm

1.9km to go....

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Mark Cavendish's Omega Pharma-Quick-Step team push to the front with less than 3km to go.

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Astonishing crowds in Harrogate...
Our reporter Megi Rychlikova says: "People are standing on walls, gateposts, and children are on adults' shoulders. It's 10-20 deep."
 

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10km to go!

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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.

4:28pm

From Temp Assistant Chief Constable of NYP:

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Less than 15km to go and the Movistar team hit the front.
 

4:25pm

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.

4:20pm

Ripon: Less than 20km to go. Teams getting organised for the big push to the end.

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4:09pm

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."

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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.

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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. 

4:00pm

The riders are in Masham now, and it looks stunning. The two local breweries are joining in the fun.... 

3:58pm

Now passing through Masham - 35km to go.

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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.

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Another great pic from Harrogate -

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And another shot of Harrogate, where excitement is building.....

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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."

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Spectacular shot of Harrogate...

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If you've been inspired by today's scenes and events, then why not try one of these.... 40 Fantastic Yorkshire Bike Rides: http://bit.ly/1lg6mXe 

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Impressive.....!

3:42pm

The live points tally:

  1. Jens Voigt 20
  2. Nicolas Edet 17
  3. Benoit Jarrier 15
  4. Bryan Coquard 13
  5. Andre  Greipel 11
  6. Peter Sagan 10
  7. Mark Cavendish 9
  8. Kevin Reza 8
  9. Alessandro Petacchi 7
  10. Maciej Bodnar 6

3:40pm

The riders are near Masham now. The official ETA there was 3.41pm.

3:39pm

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

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Riders now passing through Leyburn. Crowds wait their arrival in Masham:

3:29pm

Some of today's best pictures are coming from the Movistar Team on twitter (@movistar_team). Here are a few:

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3:29pm

Jens Voigt has now been caught by the Peloton.

3:25pm

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.

3:23pm

Not much sympathy on ITV for those riders held up by the crowds - "It's their own fault for not being at the front"!

3:22pm

For a third time, riders in the peloton have had to stop while the road clears ahead. This time on Grinton Moor climb.

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A pic from earlier today -

3:19pm

What a view...

3:15pm

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.

3:13pm

Leader Voigt passing through Reeth - the most northern point of the Tour de France's 111-year history. Next up Grinton Moor climb.

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Motorists are being urged not to try to drive in Harrogate, where there are huge crowds. 

3:12pm

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.... 

3:09pm

The publicity caravan in Reeth - 

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They're getting ready in Ripon. ETA there: 4.01pm -

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Yorkshire is being admired by fans of all ages in all countries......

3:00pm

From nuclearmum on instagram:

I think there's a road in there somewhere......#buttertubspass #letour #tvpic #tdf

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Some support for leader Jens Voigt - He leads by 3m 40s -

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On the B6265 between Cracoe and Threshfield, courtesy of our colleagues at the Telegraph and Argus in Bradford:

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2:48pm

Amazing crowds at Buttertubs Pass!

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That shot is drawing wonder around the world!

2:38pm

This is nice to see... Gary Verity is the man whose dream made all this possible...

2:34pm

More pics from earlier in the route, from Otley.....

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and Skipton:

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2:30pm

Leader Jens Voigt, 42, the oldest cyclist in the race, is just approaching Buttertubs Pass.

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2:30pm

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."

2:28pm

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."

2:27pm

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."

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And a clip from Addingham -

2:22pm

Here's a quick clip from Ilkley earlier....

2:22pm

We'll be bringing you live coverage again tomorrow, when the Tour sets off from York. The city's looking stunning as ever.... 

2:16pm

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.

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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

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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

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Most of the teams are tweeting as well. We'll give you the full list to follow shortly. Here's one for now:

1:28pm

A minor fall, as Mikael Cherel comes off his bike.

1:24pm

Two pics from Skipton:

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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.

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A couple of pics from Ilkley:

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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.

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Crowds in Otley:

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The ceremonial start of The Tour De France 2014 in Leeds. PA PIC.

12:14pm

They're in Otley - bang on schedule!

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The leaders are approaching Otley. Here's a pic from there:

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Today's Matt cartoon in the Daily Telegraph.... 

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Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome (front) lead the Grand Depart at the ceremonial start of The Tour De France 2014 in Leeds. PA PIC.

12:04pm

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.

12:01pm

There are some fantastic pictures from @movistar_team on twitter.... 

12:00pm

Christian Prudhomme has lowered the flag and the racing is under way. Allez, allez, allez!

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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.....

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11:47am

The Red Arrows are about to fly over....

11:47am

What a setting! The Royal party are meeting the Tour dignitaries, the cyclists are waiting for the off......

11:44am

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.

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Yorkshire is being beamed around the world today.....

11:39am

A view from the cars....

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Staff are getting ready at The Attic in King's Square, York. They held a Tour de Force event last night - professional tasting tutorials of fine beer, cofee and whisky!

11:33am

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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.

11:31am

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. 

11:30am

The cyclists are arriving at Harewood House, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will start the official race: 

York Press: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk from Buckingham Palace the day after their wedding

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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."

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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.

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How's this for creativity.....?

11:20am

The sun is shining and huge crowds and cheering the cyclists as they make their way from Leeds city-centre to Harewood House.

11:18am

This is the 101st Tour de France, and it's the fourth time it has visited Britain - previous occasions were 1974, 1994 and 2007.

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And we're off!

11:04am

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.

11:02am

A great viewpoint!

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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.

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A dog is dressed in a yellow jersey in Leeds ahead of the Grand Depart. PA pic

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The pics keep coming.....

10:48am

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.

10:46am

Here's a forecast for those taking to the streets....

10:41am

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.

10:38am

York Press: 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.

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York Press: 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.

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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.

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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/

10:23am

4.29pm tomorrow is the answer.....

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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.

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An impressive viewpoint in Leeds...

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Cycling enthusiasts dressed as onion sellers ahead of stage one of the Tour de France which passes through the village of Reeth.

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People arrive in Leeds ahead of the Grand Depart.

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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 HarrogateYork Press:

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Dancers in Otley....York Press:

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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.

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These two pics were taken in Leeds city-centre just over half an hour ago.York Press:

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A few more pictures from twitter from around the region:

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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.

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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.

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This is the scene in Leeds this morning:

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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.”

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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.

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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."

9:50am

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.

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Here's the route the cyclists are taking today:

York Press:

Stage 1 route map>>

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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 newsdesk@thepress.co.uk or tweeting using the hashtags #TdF and/or #letour

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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.

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10:13am Sat 5 Jul 14

the commentator says...

nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.
nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions. the commentator
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10:18am Sat 5 Jul 14

yorkandproud says...

Allez allez. Welcome to Yorkshire to le tour. Fantastic fantastic.
Allez allez. Welcome to Yorkshire to le tour. Fantastic fantastic. yorkandproud
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10:57am Sat 5 Jul 14

PMyork says...

the commentator wrote:
nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.
What a grump!
[quote][p][bold]the commentator[/bold] wrote: nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.[/p][/quote]What a grump! PMyork
  • Score: 2

11:28am Sat 5 Jul 14

the commentator says...

PMyork wrote:
the commentator wrote:
nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.
What a grump!
I'm all for the tour and what it brings to the region, but ignorant racial stereo typing just adds to the view people have of Yorkshire folk.

I assume you wouldnt mind if there was an African equivalent to the tour starting here and people lined the streets blacked up holding bananas?
[quote][p][bold]PMyork[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the commentator[/bold] wrote: nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.[/p][/quote]What a grump![/p][/quote]I'm all for the tour and what it brings to the region, but ignorant racial stereo typing just adds to the view people have of Yorkshire folk. I assume you wouldnt mind if there was an African equivalent to the tour starting here and people lined the streets blacked up holding bananas? the commentator
  • Score: -6

12:55pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Miles Davis says...

the commentator wrote:
nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.
For goodness sake...the first comment is a moan!! Yawn!!
[quote][p][bold]the commentator[/bold] wrote: nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.[/p][/quote]For goodness sake...the first comment is a moan!! Yawn!! Miles Davis
  • Score: 4

1:05pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Flabbergob says...

Miles Davis wrote:
the commentator wrote:
nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.
For goodness sake...the first comment is a moan!! Yawn!!
Stop moaning about the moaners you moaner.
[quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the commentator[/bold] wrote: nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.[/p][/quote]For goodness sake...the first comment is a moan!! Yawn!![/p][/quote]Stop moaning about the moaners you moaner. Flabbergob
  • Score: 12

3:18pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Miles Davis says...

Flabbergob wrote:
Miles Davis wrote:
the commentator wrote:
nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.
For goodness sake...the first comment is a moan!! Yawn!!
Stop moaning about the moaners you moaner.
What and apt name you have!!
[quote][p][bold]Flabbergob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the commentator[/bold] wrote: nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.[/p][/quote]For goodness sake...the first comment is a moan!! Yawn!![/p][/quote]Stop moaning about the moaners you moaner.[/p][/quote]What and apt name you have!! Miles Davis
  • Score: -4

3:25pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Flabbergob says...

Miles Davis wrote:
Flabbergob wrote:
Miles Davis wrote:
the commentator wrote:
nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.
For goodness sake...the first comment is a moan!! Yawn!!
Stop moaning about the moaners you moaner.
What and apt name you have!!
Found your level then, do try harder.
[quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Flabbergob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the commentator[/bold] wrote: nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.[/p][/quote]For goodness sake...the first comment is a moan!! Yawn!![/p][/quote]Stop moaning about the moaners you moaner.[/p][/quote]What and apt name you have!![/p][/quote]Found your level then, do try harder. Flabbergob
  • Score: 0

3:43pm Sat 5 Jul 14

ozpoppytiger says...

Beautiful Yorkshire! A fantastic Tour De France start Good Luck Yorkshire with the further stages. Watching from Melbourne Australia.
Beautiful Yorkshire! A fantastic Tour De France start Good Luck Yorkshire with the further stages. Watching from Melbourne Australia. ozpoppytiger
  • Score: 16

4:09pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Justin7 says...

Hardly millions. Police reckon 75,000.

90 percent of people couldn't care less about a French bike race.
Hardly millions. Police reckon 75,000. 90 percent of people couldn't care less about a French bike race. Justin7
  • Score: -10

4:54pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Miles Davis says...

Flabbergob wrote:
Miles Davis wrote:
Flabbergob wrote:
Miles Davis wrote:
the commentator wrote:
nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.
For goodness sake...the first comment is a moan!! Yawn!!
Stop moaning about the moaners you moaner.
What and apt name you have!!
Found your level then, do try harder.
Well at least I am enjoying the event...not moaning about it. Keep yourself at 'moan level' Flobber, give us all someting to laugh at!
[quote][p][bold]Flabbergob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Flabbergob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the commentator[/bold] wrote: nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.[/p][/quote]For goodness sake...the first comment is a moan!! Yawn!![/p][/quote]Stop moaning about the moaners you moaner.[/p][/quote]What and apt name you have!![/p][/quote]Found your level then, do try harder.[/p][/quote]Well at least I am enjoying the event...not moaning about it. Keep yourself at 'moan level' Flobber, give us all someting to laugh at! Miles Davis
  • Score: 3

5:58pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Justin7 wrote:
Hardly millions. Police reckon 75,000.

90 percent of people couldn't care less about a French bike race.
This is no place for facts.
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: Hardly millions. Police reckon 75,000. 90 percent of people couldn't care less about a French bike race.[/p][/quote]This is no place for facts. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 0

6:55pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Flabbergob says...

Miles Davis wrote:
Flabbergob wrote:
Miles Davis wrote:
Flabbergob wrote:
Miles Davis wrote:
the commentator wrote:
nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.
For goodness sake...the first comment is a moan!! Yawn!!
Stop moaning about the moaners you moaner.
What and apt name you have!!
Found your level then, do try harder.
Well at least I am enjoying the event...not moaning about it. Keep yourself at 'moan level' Flobber, give us all someting to laugh at!
Moaning Miles, you really do make too many assumptions.
[quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Flabbergob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Flabbergob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the commentator[/bold] wrote: nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.[/p][/quote]For goodness sake...the first comment is a moan!! Yawn!![/p][/quote]Stop moaning about the moaners you moaner.[/p][/quote]What and apt name you have!![/p][/quote]Found your level then, do try harder.[/p][/quote]Well at least I am enjoying the event...not moaning about it. Keep yourself at 'moan level' Flobber, give us all someting to laugh at![/p][/quote]Moaning Miles, you really do make too many assumptions. Flabbergob
  • Score: 0

7:43pm Sat 5 Jul 14

JasBro says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Justin7 wrote:
Hardly millions. Police reckon 75,000.

90 percent of people couldn't care less about a French bike race.
This is no place for facts.
Nearly a million watching along the route, millions more watching the spectacular scenes of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

It's like a massive worldwide advert for how brilliant Yorkshire can be.

The whingers must be absolutely hating the fact that it's proving to be such a massive success.

Oh, and the cycling was a real treat too.

Let's hope York can do us proud tomorrow.
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: Hardly millions. Police reckon 75,000. 90 percent of people couldn't care less about a French bike race.[/p][/quote]This is no place for facts.[/p][/quote]Nearly a million watching along the route, millions more watching the spectacular scenes of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. It's like a massive worldwide advert for how brilliant Yorkshire can be. The whingers must be absolutely hating the fact that it's proving to be such a massive success. Oh, and the cycling was a real treat too. Let's hope York can do us proud tomorrow. JasBro
  • Score: 16

8:10pm Sat 5 Jul 14

JasBro says...

ozpoppytiger wrote:
Beautiful Yorkshire! A fantastic Tour De France start Good Luck Yorkshire with the further stages. Watching from Melbourne Australia.
Thanks, glad you're enjoying it.
[quote][p][bold]ozpoppytiger[/bold] wrote: Beautiful Yorkshire! A fantastic Tour De France start Good Luck Yorkshire with the further stages. Watching from Melbourne Australia.[/p][/quote]Thanks, glad you're enjoying it. JasBro
  • Score: 8

9:33pm Sat 5 Jul 14

eeoodares says...

the commentator wrote:
PMyork wrote:
the commentator wrote:
nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.
What a grump!
I'm all for the tour and what it brings to the region, but ignorant racial stereo typing just adds to the view people have of Yorkshire folk.

I assume you wouldnt mind if there was an African equivalent to the tour starting here and people lined the streets blacked up holding bananas?
Unbelievable, If you think that there is any similarities between a Breton shirt and 'blacking up whilst carrying a banana' then there is literally no hope for you.

I am giving you the benefit of the doubt and assuming you are a Troll, the only alternative is that you are an idiot!!

Stop trying to tear down a massive success for Yorkshire, you are a disgrace!
[quote][p][bold]the commentator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PMyork[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the commentator[/bold] wrote: nice to see some classic racial stereo typing there, with spectators dressed in striped tops, berets and strings of onions.[/p][/quote]What a grump![/p][/quote]I'm all for the tour and what it brings to the region, but ignorant racial stereo typing just adds to the view people have of Yorkshire folk. I assume you wouldnt mind if there was an African equivalent to the tour starting here and people lined the streets blacked up holding bananas?[/p][/quote]Unbelievable, If you think that there is any similarities between a Breton shirt and 'blacking up whilst carrying a banana' then there is literally no hope for you. I am giving you the benefit of the doubt and assuming you are a Troll, the only alternative is that you are an idiot!! Stop trying to tear down a massive success for Yorkshire, you are a disgrace! eeoodares
  • Score: 1

9:01am Sun 6 Jul 14

Oh my............ says...

Well done Yorkshire, very proud of you today. What a fabulous event. So sad for Mark C though, thoughts are with him.
Well done Yorkshire, very proud of you today. What a fabulous event. So sad for Mark C though, thoughts are with him. Oh my............
  • Score: -1
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