Royal flying start to tour

The world's greatest bike race got off to a flying start today, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed the Tour de France to Britain.

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Cycling fans gear up for Stage Two

he peloton rides over a bridge on Grinton Moor Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thousands of cycling fans are preparing for another action packed day on the streets of North Yorkshire as the Tour de France returns for Stage Two.

Marcel Kittel will be wearing the yellow jersey after winning stage one in Harrogate yesterday.

Jens Voigt won the king of the mountain jersey.

Cyclist warns spectators to keep off the road

Geraint Thomas, centre, speaks to the Duchess of Cambridge before the start of the Tour de France 2014.
Geraint Thomas, centre, speaks to the Duchess of Cambridge before the start of the Tour de France 2014. Credit: PA wire

British cyclist Geraint Thomas has warned spectators to stay off the road when the peloton is passing.

The Team Sky cyclist praised the 'incredible' crowds who lined the entire 190km route from Leeds to Harrogate, but spoke of some near misses along the way.

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He said: "It was great to race on home roads (but) it is quite dangerous at times. There was a dog that nearly ran on and a few kids around.

"Try and stay off the road and give us a bit of room."

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Cyclists' ears left ringing by 'incredible' Yorkshire welcome

Defending champion Chris Froome finished sixth in the first stage.
Defending champion Chris Froome finished sixth in the first stage. Credit: PA wire

Defending champion Chris Froome has praised the incredible welcome from more than a million spectators who lined the route of the first stage of the Tour de France.

He finished sixth on the 190.5km stage from Leeds to Harrogate.

He said: "It's unreal, absolutely unreal. As defending Tour champion it doesn't get much better than this. The crowds out there were just incredible."

Chris Froome, right, and Mark Cavendish, left, lead the Ceremonial start of the Tour de France 2014.
Chris Froome, right, and Mark Cavendish, left, lead the Ceremonial start of the Tour de France 2014. Credit: PA wire

His Team Sky colleagues agreed, with Geraint Thomas' ears ringing long after he'd crossed the finish line.

He said: "The crowds were just incredible all day. My ears are ringing now; it was like being in a disco for four hours.

"It was so noisy. You couldn't hear the radio, you had to shout to speak to each other.

"Everyone's going on about how good it was. (Giant-Shimano's John) Degenkolb came up to me and said 'you should be proud to be British, this is amazing'. It's pretty cool."

More than a million spectators waited all along the route to catch a glimpse of the cyclists.
More than a million spectators waited all along the route to catch a glimpse of the cyclists. Credit: PA wire

Team Sky's Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford said he'd never seen so many people in his life.

When told there were more than a million spectators lining the route, he said: "It looked like more to me. It was just incredible, fantastic.

"One of the great things about this sport is it's so accessible and as a fan you can get so close to the riders while they're actually racing. It's crazy really."

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Cavendish participation decided on Sunday after fall

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step have announced they will wait until Sunday to make a decision on Mark Cavendish's participation in stage two of the Tour de France after tests showed the Briton suffered an AC-joint dislocation to his right shoulder.

Mark Cavendish limps over line having crashed on the last corner of stage one of the Tour de France in Harrogate Credit: PA

More than a million turn out for tour

More than a million spectators lined the street to watch the Tour de France Credit: ITV

More than a million people lined the streets of Yorkshire amid jubilant scenes as the Tour de France came to the UK for the first time since 2007.

Crowds of cycling fans flocked from all over the country to Yorkshire to get a glimpse of the 198 racers passing through the county's striking scenery.

Marcel Kittel offers support for injured Cavendish

Mark Cavendish struggles across the line after falling yards from the line.
Mark Cavendish struggles across the line after falling yards from the finish line. Credit: Pictures from ITV4

Marcel Kittel, the cyclist who's won the first stage of this year's Tour de France, said he wishes Mark Cavendish "all the best" after his dramatic fall just yards from the finish line.

The German cyclist, who's won the yellow jersey on the first day for the second consecutive year, said: "I hope he gets well soon. I don't know how badly he is injured. I hope he is all right.

"I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing him tomorrow in the race again. I wish him all the best."

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