Teams competing in the Tour de France took to the stage during a glittering opening ceremony at Leeds Arena.
The first three stages of the gruelling competition will take place in the UK, with 22 teams made up of 198 riders, starting out on Saturday.
ITV correspondent Damon Green reports:
Pro cyclist Ian Stannard swapped two wheels for jet power at the start of the Tour de France, by flying with the Red Arrows.
Mark Cavendish's Tour de France is in the balance after the dramatic crash which ended the Manxman's dreams of wearing the yellow jersey.
We've put together some of the best of our viewers' pictures of preparations for le Tour de France in Yorkshire