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.
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.
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