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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Thousands gather to see heroes of cycling in Leeds

A spectacular ceremony in Leeds has marked the beginning of the 101st Tour de France.

The Yorkshire public got their first glimpse of the stars of the Tour in action when all the teams rode through the city centre streets before arriving at Leeds Arena where thousands awaited their arrival.

Leeds Arena has welcomed thousands of people for the opening ceremony of Le Tour de France. Credit: ITV4

Tonight's celebration at the new 10,000-seat arena, features performances by Embrace, Opera North and Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh.

Organisers of the Tour de France's visit to Yorkshire say it is the first time the traditional team presentation event has been incorporated into a lavish opening arena ceremony.

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

More: ITV Sport's Le Tour de France coverage

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