As thousands gathered to welcome all this year's Tour de France teams, the biggest cheer of the first part of the ceremony was reserved for Mark Cavendish and his Omega Pharma-Quickstep team.
Cavendish said he believes it will be the best ever Grand Depart. He said: "It's been incredible,"
"I came here a few weeks ago to recce the course and the support for the Tour was absolutely phenomenal."
Cavendish said his first Tour experience was in 2007 which started in London, which he was was the best Grand Depart he has been in so far. He said he expects London in 2007 to be "overshadowed by this weekend in Yorkshire."