Mark Cavendish says the support he's felt for his team not just from Yorkshire, but all over the UK, was "phenomenal".
The cyclist was speaking from Leeds ahead of today's opening ceremony for Le Tour de France, which starts with the Grand Depart on Saturday.
Cavendish told the media conference that those who cycled the 2007 Grand Depart from London still spoke of the atmosphere, but he said he was sure Yorkshire "would outdo that".
Cyclist Mark Cavendish, whose mother was originally from Harrogate, Yorkshire, has been chatting to the media in Yorkshire during the build-up to the opening ceremony for the 101st Tour de France.
The race gets underway on Saturday with the Grand Depart in Leeds.
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British cyclist Mark Cavendish, who had urine thrown over him today, has tweeted:
Well i think the apple juice looks far from appetising for me tonight... And I'm not taking the piss. Did that once already today. #standup
Mark Cavendish's team Omega-Pharma-Quick Step said they would not be taking any further action after urine was thrown over the British cyclist.
Veelers called for Cavendish to be disqualified after the crash, but the British cyclist was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Omega-Pharma-Quick Step's sporting director Brian Holm told Cycling Weekly's website: "I couldn't see it was urine but I thought people were quite negative. So congrats to the media for yesterday making him look like he caused the crash".
Mark Cavendish's Omega-Pharma-Quick Step teammate Jerome Pineau said he was "ashamed" after a spectator threw urine over the British cyclist.
Yesterday i was So proud about the support all the race but today I am ashamed!!
Pineau added: "(I am) ashamed when my friend Mark Cavendish tells me he has been whistled and even sprayed with urine on the course. It's scandalous".
The team manager of Omega-Pharma-Quick Step, who Mark Cavendish rides for, said the British cyclist was "disappointed" after a spectator threw urine over him during the Tour de France.
Patrick Lefevere said: "You should think he was very angry, but he was not angry, he was more disappointed, he didn't expect this kind of reaction from the public.
"The cycling public is known to be a fair public, we do not have hooligans".
Mark Cavendish has had urine thrown at him by a spectator during stage 11 of the Tour de France.
The British cyclist initially thought the liquid was water but soon discovered what it was from the taste, according to the BBC.
The 28-year-old is said to be "sad rather than angry" after the incident according to his team manager Patrick Lefewere.
Cavendish's team mate Jerome Pineau described the incident as "scandalous" on Twitter:
"Ashamed when my friend Mark Cavendish tells me he has been whistled and even sprayed with urine on the course. It's scandalous."
British cyclist Mark Cavendish has sprinted his way to victory at the end of the fifth stage of the Tour de France.
For full coverage of the stage and this year's centenary race, go to ITV Sport.
British cyclist Mark Cavendish is aiming to win the first stage of the Tour de France, which would see him wear the yellow jersey for the first time.
In an interview with ITV.com, the 28-year-old said: “It’s everything to me to win as many stages as possible - and the green jersey – but stage 1 this year presents the first opportunity for a sprinter to wear the yellow jersey since the 60s.
“I’ve never yet worn the yellow jersey and I’m excited to try for that.”