Live BBC Local Live: Tour de France in Yorkshire on Saturday 5 July

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  • The story of the Tour on Sat 5 July
  • Updates resume from 09:00 on Sunday
  • Listen to BBC Radio Leeds

STANDARD 09:00 Good morning

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.

STANDARD 09:03 Sunny spells

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).

STANDARD 09:13 Tour travel

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.

STANDARD 09:20 All set for the Grand Depart

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.

TWEET 09:32 Trains 'packed'

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

STANDARD 09:45 Crowds gathering

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.


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?

STANDARD 10:13 'Really excited'

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!"

STANDARD 10:22 Trains 'running well'

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.

TWEET 10:25 'Friendly conditions'

Katie Hall, BBC News Online

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