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    Good morning 09:00: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Welcome and "bonjour" to a massive day as the 101st Tour de France - one of the world's biggest sporting events - comes to the streets of Yorkshire.

    tourmakers in leeds

    Up to two million people are due to line the route to watch the 198 riders speed past - and we'll be with them all the way with the latest updates throughout the day.

    And remember you can also listen live to the Tour as it happens on BBC Radio Leeds.

    Sunny spells 09:03: Kay Crewdson BBC Weather

    Here's that all important weather forecast for the first day of the Tour de France in Yorkshire:

    weather picture

    While there will be some early rain, heavy in places, it will ease and fragment from the west during the morning.

    It will gradually brighten with sunny spells developing for the afternoon when, for most, it will remain dry.

    Top temperature around 19C (66F).

    Tour travel 09:13:

    Want to get all the latest Tour de France traffic and travel news for across Yorkshire as the biggest bike race in the world comes to town?

    tour de france train

    Get all the latest updates via twitter from @TdFYorksTravel and listen live to BBC Radio Leeds.

    All set for the Grand Depart 09:20: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    It may be a couple of hours to go before the Grand Depart actually departs, but people are already taking their seats on The Headrow in Leeds.

    crowds on headrow

    From there, the 198 riders will head to Harewood House and then off to Otley, Ilkley, Skipton and up into Upper Wharfedale and beyond.

    Trains 'packed' 09:32:

    BBC Look North reporter Emma Glasbey tweets: Queues of rail passengers left on the platforms at Guiseley & Menston. Trains to Ilkley & Burley in Wharfedale packed! #tdftravel @BBCtdf

    Crowds gathering 09:45:

    Thousands of people are gathering at vantage points along the route of the Tour de France throughout Yorkshire as excitement about the Grand Depart rises to a climax.

    jenny hill in leeds

    BBC News reporter Jenny Hill is out in Leeds to get a flavour of the atmosphere.

    10:00: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    BBC Look North presenter Charlotte Leeming has just tweeted this picture of the scene at Leeds railway station.

    crowds at leeds station

    She says: "It's like morning rush hour. Swarms of people heading to the start line."

    Why not email or tweet us your pictures of the Tour de France in Yorkshire?

    'Really excited' 10:13:

    Crowds are continuing to grow on The Headrow in Leeds as excitement grows over the Grand Depart which should take place just after 11:00.

    crowd in headrow

    Julie, from Leeds, who's been there since first thing this morning says the mood is "fantastic".

    "The crowd here is amazing and everybody's really excited. We've been here since seven o'clock and the streets were full then. We thought we were early!"

    Trains 'running well' 10:22: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Northern Rail has told us its services are "running well this morning" despite the Tour.

    "We are providing over 100,000 extra spaces for customers over the weekend but some services will be extremely busy and customers may not be able to get their first choice of train," a spokeswoman said.

    'Friendly conditions' 10:25: Katie Hall BBC News Online

    tweets: Train announcer - "We apologise for the rather cramped, but very friendly conditions this morning" @BBCtdf @BBCLeeds #TDF

    Skipton awaits 10:33: Ian White Journalist, BBC Look North

    While much of the excitement about the Tour de France is currently centred on Leeds, attention's going to switch soon to other places along the route.

    crowds in skipton

    Here in Skipton, crowds are already building. It's only a matter of time before the riders speed through here as fast as they can!

    'Great day' 10:42: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Ann from Leeds, waiting in The Headrow (pictured) for the Grand Depart, says she's "really proud" the Tour de France is here in her home city.


    "It's a great opportunity and it's really exciting. Everybody's having a great time and being really friendly and just enjoying it. It's just a really great day!"

    'Chuffed to bits' 10:47:

    Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg says he's "just so chuffed to bits for Yorkshire" as the Tour de France finally gets under way in Leeds.

    "It means that Yorkshire will be put firmly on the map across the whole of the globe," he says.

    Headrow 'full' warning 10:53:

    Leeds City Council tweets: Please let anyone you know heading to Leeds city centre to STAY AWAY from Park Row/ Headrow for safety reasons as it is FULL!

    • The story of the Tour on Sat 5 July
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    Tour countdown 11:05: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    It looks like things are about to get under way in Leeds - Helen Bailey has just sent us this picture of the team cars coming along ahead of the cyclists in Leeds.

    cars on route
    Delays apology 11:20:

    East Coast Trains tweets: Train services from York to Harrogate are currently very busy. We apologise for any delays caused by this. #TdfTravel

    Heading for Harewood 11:26: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    BBC Radio Leeds reporter Tracy Gee is out at Harewood where the Tour de France will head for a royal send-off once it's left the centre of Leeds.

    tour fans at harewood

    She's just caught on camera these three avid cycling fans - and, oddly, one Star Wars stormtrooper, waiting for William and Kate and Prince Harry. Is the force with them?

    And they're off! 11:28:

    The Tour de France's 198 riders are now well under way - but just before they set off from Leeds city centre it was handshakes all round.

    riders in tour de france

    Sprinters Mark Cavendish and Germany's Andre Greipel shook hands as Chris Froome, second right, and Spain's Alberto Contador, left, waited for the off.

    On their way 11:37:

    It's an amazing sight as the Tour's riders head away from The Headrow and Leeds Town Hall at the start of their Yorkshire Odyssey - cheered on by thousands of onlookers.

    riders in leeds

    Now the riders have to brace themselves for some tough cycling ahead - as well as some fantastic Yorkshire scenery.

    11:47: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Tourism bosses hope the Tour de France will showcase England's beautiful scenery to the world, but ironically the riders won't see much of it as it speeds past.

    tour coloured sheep

    So, from Holmfirth to Dewsbury, Leeds to London, what cultural treats will they be missing out on?

    'Yorkshire is gorgeous' 11:51:

    Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, has told BBC News that Yorkshire is an "outstanding backdrop" for the race and that "Yorkshire is gorgeous".

    christian prudhomm

    "There's a huge passion for cycling and for the Tour here," he said. "People from Yorkshire are so proud to host the Tour and that's very important for us."

    Sunshine and Red Arrows 11:54: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Would you believe it, the Tour de France riders are already at Harewood House - accompanied by sunshine and a flypast by the Red Arrows who leave just red, white and blue smoke behind them.

    red white and blue smoke

    The Duchess of Cambridge has just cut the ribbon marking the official start of the Tour. It's all uphill from here!

    Crowds and blue skies 12:00:

    Nigel Thompson has just tweeted this picture from the centre of Skipton where there are not only huge crowds waiting for the arrival of the Tour, but also blue skies above.

    'Thousands' waiting 12:05: Ian White Journalist, BBC Look North

    tweets: Craven Council estimate crowd of 20,000 people lining route of #TDF in #skipton @BBCtdf @BBCLookNorth

    Ilkley expects... 12:15:

    BBC Look North reporter Emma Glasbey has just tweeted this picture showing the expectant crowds in Ilkley.


    It looks like the Tour's riders are going to be accompanied by cheers and applause all along the route as Yorkshire shows how to put on a party.

    'Amazing start' 12:29: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Gary Verity, from Welcome to Yorkshire, has just told BBC Radio Leeds that today is "very special".

    "Everything's gone to plan. There are massive crowds - so many people. It's just the most amazing start."

    Defining day 12:52: Yorkshire Post

    A defining day in Yorkshire's history was given the royal seal of approval when the Duchess of Cornwall cut the ceremonial tape to officially start the 101st Tour de France.

    'Really cool' 12:58: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    At Harewood, people are still recovering from the excitement of seeing not only three royals but also the official start of the Tour.

    red arrows

    Susie said: "It's really fantastic. It's been so exciting. We got a really good spot, saw the royals land and saw the cyclists go past. It's been fabulous."

    And nine-year-old Milly said: "I enjoyed seeing Prince William and Princess Kate land in the helicopter. The Red arrows were really good too. It was really cool!"

    'Brace yourselves' 13:03:

    Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has just tweeted: The peloton has just passed through Skipton and turned north - if you're in the National Park, brace yourselves! #TDF #yorkshiredales

    Train overcrowding 13:10: Danny Savage North of England Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Major overcrowding on @northerntrains from York to harrogate. Passengers at knaresborough and starbeck can't get on. #tdf

    Royals at Harewood 13:14: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    After officially starting the Tour de France at Harewood House, William, Kate and Harry spoke to the hundreds of spectators who had gathered at the historic house.

    royals at harewood

    Harry went to talk to the public on one side of the road while the Duke and Duchess made their way down a line of invited guests.

    William was heard to say: "The only better view would have been on the back of one of those motorbikes."

    Full buses 13:23: Danny Savage North of England Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: The buses are full from knaresborough onwards. Passing loads waiting at bus stops.

    bus crowd
    'Badly let down' 13:27:

    Matt Walkley in Leeds has e-mailed us: "We wish we were there but have been so badly let down by the public transport. Particularly the trains. An absolute disgrace."

    Email or tweet us with your views.

    Long wait for trains 13:39: Via Twitter

    Le Tour Yorks Travel tweets: There is at least a 2-3 hour wait for trains to Harrogate from Leeds. Please be patient and consider alternatives. #TdF #TdFTravel

    All lit up for Le Tour 13:50:

    This was the view last night of Emley Moor broadcasting tower which was specially lit up to celebrate the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire.

    emley moor tower

    Why not email or tweet us your pictures of events marking the Tour?

    Cycling sexism? 13:55:

    Former Olympic cycling champion Nicole Cooke says it is a "scandal" there is no longer a Tour de France for women, blaming sexism in cycling.

    nicole cooke
    Spectator airlifted 14:00: Ian White Journalist, BBC Look North

    A spectator has been airlifted to hospital after an incident next to the route of the Tour de France.

    Reports suggest the victim fell through roof watching race in Skipton.

    Busy Harrogate 14:11: Katie Hall BBC News Online

    It's not easy to get to the Fan Zone on the Stray in Harrogate because there appears to be only one crossing point which is not organised in any way, shape or form. But despite that, thousands of people have managed it!

    fan zone in harrogate
    'Worth the wait' 14:21: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Helen McGee has emailed us this picture of the Tour de France near Linton, Grassington, in North Yorkshire (Yes, they're already there!)

    tour riders

    She says: "Well worth the five-hour wait, wouldn't have missed it for the world!"

    Why not email or tweet us with your pictures?

    Roof fall injury 14:28: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    We've just got this update from North Yorkshire Police about the accident on the route of the Tour de France in Skipton.

    North Yorkshire Police say there were called at around 12:30 to reports a woman had fallen through a roof at the Corn Mill on Chapel Street.

    The woman, in her forties, was taken to hospital by air ambulance after she suffered head injuries in the fall. It's believed she climbed on the roof via a first floor window.

    Station queues ease 14:35: Richard Edwards Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    tweets: Long queues for #Harrogate at Leeds station - but extra trains have moved more than 5000 in 90 minutes.

    queue at station
    Thousands in city 14:39: Matt Slater BBC Look North Tour Correspondent

    tweets: Police estimate that there were 230,000 in Leeds city centre for Tour

    Enjoy the silence 14:44: Charles Heslett Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    What a difference an hour makes. Barriers gone and Scott Hall Road in Leeds is now open again - but empty.

    scott hall road

    Enjoy it while the peace and quiet lasts!

    School buses deployed 14:48:

    Transdev Harrogate tweets: Travelling from Knaresborough to Harrogate? We've now got every spare bus we have (including school buses) on the route. #tdftravel

    Crowds cheer Kate 14:54: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have visited West Tanfield in North Yorkshire as part of their Tour de France visit.

    kate in west tanfield

    Thousands of people, who had lined the streets since early this morning, cheered as the royal party arrived in a convoy of Range Rovers.

    There was a carnival atmosphere in the small village, which has a population of around 500, and the streets were decked with bunting and yellow bicycles.

    Teen hit by Tour vehicle 15:02: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    West Yorkshire Police say a teenage boy has suffered leg injuries after being hit by a Tour de France team vehicle in Ilkley.

    He was airlifted to hospital where his condition is believed to be stable, say police.

    'Biggest event' 15:12:

    Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, has thanked the people of Leeds for their response to the Tour de France Grand Depart in the city.

    riders in leeds

    "What an amazing experience that was. The atmosphere of the crowd, the excitement, the colour, the noise, it was all absolutely incredible and is something I will never forget.

    "Hosting the Tour de France has been the biggest event in living memory in Leeds, so thank you to everyone in the city for making this such a historic and successful occasion."

    Crowds 'six-deep' 15:18: Katie Hall BBC News Online

    The route through Harrogate is completely lined six people deep at the moment.

    crowds in harrogate

    People are waiting in anticipation of the publicity caravan coming through.

    One man is even standing on top of the Debenhams awning - doesn't look entirely safe but at least he'll have a good view!

    'It was crazy' 15:27: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Get all the latest live from the race itself at BBC Sport. The riders have just been through the Swaledale village of Muker (pictured) before heading for the heights of Buttertubs Pass.

    riders in muker

    Rob Hayles, former Great Britain cyclist, has told BBC Five Live Sports Extra: "Looking at the crowds on Buttertubs, it was like being on Alpe d'Huez or Mont Ventoux.

    "It was crazy. The crowds will undoubtedly play a big part in the outcome of these opening stages."

    Tour passes through district 15:33: Telegraph & Argus

    The Grand Depart of the Tour De France has passed through parts of Bradford for the first of two visits this weekend, with riders cheered on by tens of thousands of well wishers.

    Another royal connection 15:44: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    What's the connection between today's Tour de France stage and King Richard III? None, you might think. However, there is one...

    middleham castle

    The riders will shortly be passing by Middleham Castle in North Yorkshire - which was, of course, where Richard was brought up.

    The King's bones, which were dug up last year from under a car park in Leicester, are due to be re-interred in the city's Cathedral in spring next year.

    'Just a car' 15:52: Katie Hall BBC News Online

    The crowds in Harrogate are now scrabbling for a free hat - and the Yorkshire Tea float has just got a very big cheer.

    Just a short time ago I heard somebody say, "What's happening? I can't see! Oh, it's just a car..." I've heard this a few times now.

    'Extremely busy' 15:56:

    Northern Rail tweets: Services will be extremely busy departing #Harrogate from 16:30 onwards to all stations, queuing will occur. Please be patient. #TdF

    Tour fans pack square 16:00: Huddersfield Examiner

    St George's Square in Huddersfield has been packed as people watched the Tour de France action on the big screen.

    Tour caught on camera 16:06:

    Splashes of yellow, crowds and lots of excitement around Yorkshire, as the 101st Tour de France gets under way. BBC website readers have been sending their pictures.

    tour riders
    Tour spectator injured 16:13: Telegraph & Argus

    Police have revealed that a boy was injured when he was hit by one of the Tour De France convoy vehicles in Ilkley this afternoon.

    'Over a million' line route 16:20:

    Over one million people have so far watched the Tour de France along the route of the race in Yorkshire, Sir Rodney Walker, chair of Tour organisers TdFHUB2014, has said.

    tour in reeth

    The Tour has so far been "a massive success", he said.

    "Spectators have had a fantastic day they will never forget and Yorkshire has been showcased to a massive global audience."

    Car tow warning 16:25:

    Kirklees Council tweets: Don't get carried away. Any car parked on the #tdf race route after 7pm today will be towed.

    World view 16:39: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    What about the view of the Tour in Yorkshire from across the Channel?

    Newspaper Le Monde says: "Le 101e Tour de France s'élance ce midi à travers le somptueux Yorkshire."

    I don't want to spoil your fun by translating this, but if you really can't work (I couldn't!) go here.

    German pips Cavendish to stage win 16:49: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    German Marcel Kittel has won the first stage of the Tour de France, a 190.5-km ride from Leeds, to claim the overall leader's yellow jersey on Saturday.


    He's dashed British hopes that Mark Cavendish would take the honours in his mother's home town of Harrogate.

    Cavendish crashed in the final sprint for the line and BBC Five Live Sports Extra is reporting he has possibly suffered a collarbone injury.

    Crunching the numbers 16:57: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    An update from the organisers of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, TdFHUB2014:

    • They say an initial estimate shows over one million spectators lined the route in total on the first day of the race
    • 230,000 were in Leeds centre alone
    • A massive 10,000 were on the route at Buttertubs in North Yorkshire
    Cavendish's Tour tumble 17:03: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Mark Cavendish's bid for the yellow jersey ended in a heap as he tumbled to the tarmac in a dramatic conclusion to the opening stage of the 101st Tour de France in Harrogate.

    crash in harrogate tour

    Cavendish was bidding for a 26th Tour stage win of his career in his mother's home town and a first yellow jersey, but collided with Australian Simon Gerrans in the final 500 metres.

    He was was seen clutching his shoulder and midriff as he rolled over the line.

    Injuries 'not serious 17:09: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Another update following the incident at Skipton in which a woman fell through a roof at the Corn Mill while watching the Tour de France.

    North Yorkshire Police say her injuries are not believed to be serious and say they are cuts and bruises.

    Police believe she fell after she climbed on the roof via a first floor window.

    'Very sad' end 17:16: Matt Slater BBC Look North Tour Correspondent

    Mark Cavendish is leaving the Tour finish line in an ambulance. He looked badly hurt.

    His daughter is here with a yellow flower. This is all very sad.

    'Cheering all day' 17:24: Katie Hall BBC News Online

    Daniel Simpson got to see it all, but he was at the front of the barriers from 05:00. Was it worth it? I ask. "Very much so!"

    His friend Paul says: "We've been cheering all day. It's been great to give it our all and getting people to chant for Cavendish."

    The pair now seem totally overwhelmed that it's over.

    Dry and fine 17:32: Kay Crewdson BBC Weather

    It'll be a dry and fine evening with sunshine to end the day.

    weather update

    It'll remain dry overnight with long clear spells and light winds with lows around 10C (50F).

    Tomorrow it'll be a dry, bright and sunny start, however it'll turn showery from the west through the afternoon with some showers likely to be heavy with the risk of thunder.

    'Severe delays' 17:47:

    First West Yorkshire Buses tweet: Severe delays on Leeds services due to roads remaining closed.

    Catch up with the Tour 17:53: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Don't forget there's a special edition of BBC Look North tomorrow looking back at the Tour De France weekend.

    tour de france in yorkshire

    Catch up with everything that's gone on during the Tour in Yorkshire over the weekend on BBC One from 22:45 on Sunday.

    Good evening 18:00: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    That's all from the first day of the Tour de France in Yorkshire - and what a day it's been.

    From the massive crowds on the Headrow in Leeds to the nail-biting finish in Harrogate, the scenes around the county have been unprecedented.

    And there's more to come on Sunday when the race heads from York to Sheffield. We'll be here with all the latest from 09:00 to 18:00.


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