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Excitement builds in Yorkshire for Le Tour de France

Final preparations are under way for this weekend's Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

ITV News correspondent Damon Green reports from Leeds, as thousands of people gather to see the stars of cycling at tonight's opening ceremony:

Cavendish praises UK's support for Le Tour team

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".


Mark Cavendish speaks to media before Le Tour

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.

Mark Cavendish chats to reporters in the build-up to the Tour de France opening ceremony taking place in Yorkshire. Credit: ITV News

The race gets underway on Saturday with the Grand Depart in Leeds.

Mark Cavendish jokes over urine incident

British cyclist Mark Cavendish, who had urine thrown over him today, has tweeted:

'No further action' to be taken over urine incident

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.

File picture of Mark Cavendish. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Cavendish was jeered by sections of the Tour de France crowd today after last night's controversy where a crash ended his chances of a stage win and knocked fellow competitor Tom Veelers of his bike.

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".


Teammate 'ashamed' after urine thrown over Cavendish

Mark Cavendish's Omega-Pharma-Quick Step teammate Jerome Pineau said he was "ashamed" after a spectator threw urine over the British cyclist.

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".

Cavendish 'disappointed' after urine thrown over him

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.

Mark Cavendish riding in Stage 11 of the Tour de France today. Credit: REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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".

Urine thrown over Mark Cavendish

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.

Mark Cavendish has had urine thrown at him by a spectator. Credit: PA Wire

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."

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