Millions watch Tour de France start in Yorkshire

Cycling fans - including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry - watched the start of the world's most famous cycle race in Yorkshire over the weekend. Millions of spectators lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the sprinters.

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Fans taking selfies 'danger' to Tour de France riders

Team Sky cyclist Geraint Thomas.
Team Sky cyclist Geraint Thomas. Credit: PA

Fans who take selfies while watching the Tour de France are dangerous to riders, Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas has warned.

The Welsh cyclist said: "The worst thing is when people have got their back to the peloton taking selfies. There were a few. They don't see us coming, they're stood in the road and it's dodgy. If you want to do that, stand on a wall or something.

"I think people need to realise we take up the whole road."

Crowds line the streets as Le Tour passes through Yorkshire.
Crowds line the streets as Le Tour passes through Yorkshire. Credit: PA

He added: "There have been too many accidents with riders hitting spectators, we don't want to see that but it could easily happen."

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Nibali wins Stage 2 in grandstand finish

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali launched a late attack to win stage two of the Tour de France in Sheffield on Sunday and claim the race leader's yellow jersey.

Vincenzo Nibali crosses the finish line to take the yellow jersey

Hundreds of thousands of people again lined the 201-kilometre route from York on a brutal and unpredictable day of racing.

Nibali (Astana), the 2013 Giro d'Italia champion, left it late but timed his bid to the line to perfection to secure victory ahead of a number of his rivals for the overall title.

He also claimed the race leader's maillot jaune, from stage one winner Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), who endured a difficult day.

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Pub toasts Tour de France with biggest ever beer

Organisers had to climb up scaffolding to top the enormous vessel with the locally-brewed Stod Fold's Gold ale
Organisers had to climb up scaffolding to top the enormous vessel with the locally-brewed Stod Fold's Gold ale. Credit: PA

A British pub has toasted the Tour de France coming to town by pouring the world's largest ever glass of beer at 3,664 pints - one for each kilometre of the race.

The Fleece Countryside Inn in Ripponden, Yorkshire, smashed the previous record of 2,638, which was achieved in California in 2009.

And they managed to fill it to the brim with time to spare before racers came through Ripponden for the second stage of the Tour.

Angus Wood, co-founder of Stod Fold Brewing Company which produces the pale ale and masterminded the world record bid, said: "We thought it would be a great way to toast the success of the Tour de France's Yorkshire leg.

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