Tour de France in Yorkshire

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5:35pm

That's all for today folks. Thank you to all who sent photos. Check the site tomorrow for coverage of stage two.

5:06pm

Scott Wilson in Harrogate: "Cavendish walks through post-race area, doesn't speak to the press, and goes straight on to the team bus. Expectation is that je'll be assessed as soon as possible to see if he is fit enough to race tomorrow."

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Scott Wilson in Harrogate: "Shouldn't be forgotten that it's another win for Kittel, who has been Cavendish's biggest rival for a while now. Cancellara's break briefly looked like upsetting everyone, but Kittel was always perfectly positioned to pounce."

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Scott Wilson in Harrogate: "Replays suggest that Cavendish was going for a gap that wasn't there. Looks like a damaged collarbone."

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Scott Wilson in Harrogate: "20,000 in the fan park had a massive intake of breath when Cavendish went down. Wasn't obvious for a second it was him, but when announced there was a huge scream.

"Big round of applause now though as an injured Cavendish goes across the line."

4:46pm

Pain on the face of Mark Cavendish but unsure whether it's the pain of losing sprint finish or injury picked up in the crash - possibly both.

4:45pm

Marcel Kittel wins Tour de France Stage One.

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Disaster for Cavendish after crashing in sprint finish.

4:43pm

Cavendish's Omega Pharma-Quick-Step looked in control but one rider breaks clear - Fabian Cancellarar

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Cavendish team out front with minutes to go but have they gone to early?

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7km to go: Teams vying for best position for sprint finish to Harrogate.

4:27pm

Peloton together, no one breaking out from the pack but with just nine miles to go time's running out.

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The Northern Echo:

The peloton passes over the Grinton Moor earlier.

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Stuart Minting in Ripon: "Peloton flashes through Ripon negotiating several roundabouts without incident with twenty kilometres to go to the finish."

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Riders pass through Masham, home of The Black Sheep Brewery and Theakstons Brewery, but sadly no time to stop for a pint.

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Scott Wilson in Harrogate: "Alessandro Pettachi, Mark Cavendish's main lead out rider is not part of the main leading group - a major blow to his hopes of winning the decisive sprint."

3:55pm

38km to go as the riders head for Ripon. Prime Minister David Cameron waits for the Tour to arrive at the finish in Harrogate.

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Riders arrive in Leyburn with Voigt now caught by the chasing pack. No one yet to break out at front.

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Live points so far:

  1. J Voigt 20
  2. N Edet 17
  3. B Jarrier 15
  4. B Coquard 13
  5. A Greipel 11
  6. P Sagan 10
  7. M Cavendish 9
  8. K Reza 8
  9. A Petacchi 7
  10. M Bodnar

3:28pm

The Northern Echo:

Peloton passes through village of Muker earlier.

3:25pm

Voigt has done it. The oldest rider in the Tour has secured the polko dot jersey for stage two after crossing the Grinton Moor line in first place.

3:23pm

Jens Voigt half a mile from top of Grinton Moor climb. First to cross line at top and he'll secure polko dot jersey for tomorrow's stage.

3:19pm

Third time riders in peloton have had to stop while the road clears ahead. This time on Grinton Moor climb.

3:15pm

Voigt two minutes ahead but peloton has split into two chasing packs. Tour has passed Muker, on its way to Gunnerside.

3:00pm

The Northern Echo:

The Tour de France Publicity caravan on stage one of the Tour de France passes through the village of Reeth, Yorkshire.

2:48pm

Voigt has taken an early one point lead in the King of the Mountains classification after leading the way over the Buttertubs climb.

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Aged 42, current leader on the road Jens Voigt is the oldest rider in this year's race. The German has worn the leader's yellow jersey twice before in the Tour de France. Voigt has just crossed the top of Buttertubs Pass, almost three-and-a-half minutes ahead of his closest rivals and more than four-and-a-half minutes in front of the peleton.

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Leader Voigt through Hawes, 5km away from Buttertubs.

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Jens Voigt moves 1 minute ahead of Edet and Jarrier, who are 4 minutes ahead of the peloton. Jens still found time to give a little wave to fans who shouted encouragement at him.

2:22pm

Hannah Chapman in Grinton Moor: "The anticipation is building and the atmosphere is amazing. Everyone is chanting 'Yorkshire, Yorkshire'. We've got some very ingenious farmers here, they've parked up on the side of the road and are sitting in their tractor buckets."

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Approximately 2.5 hours of racing to go as riders approach Bainbridge.

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Scott Wilson in Harrogate: "Entire road out of Harrogate heading towards Ripon is now lined ten deep. Race seems to be panning out for a bunch sprint with leading trio not really opening up enough of a gap to stay clear. Will be much clearer after Butterrubs though."

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Stuart Minting in Ripon: "Tour organisers ASO draw applause as they climb hedges beside series of roundabouts to give directions to the riders. Small peleton of North Yorkshire police officers on mountain bikes draws larger cheers. Police pose with fans from Australia and allow them to wear their helmets as the officers wave Australian flags."

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Riders approaching sprint finish at Newbiggin. Leaders 3'34" ahead of peloton. 111km to go.

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As suspected, a jam at the Cote de Cray. Some riders having to stop very briefly while road is cleared.

1:48pm

Narrow gaps for leaders to get through as fans fill road at Cote de Cray. Not sure how peloton is going to fit?

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Riders at Cote de Cray ahead of sprint into Newbiggin.

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Approximately 60km to go before the riders reach Grinton Moor.

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Buckden up next with leaders Voigt, Edet and Jarrier three minutes ahead of peloton.

Below, the riders leave Harewood House earlier today.

The Northern Echo:

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Scott Wilson in Harrogate: "An estimated 20,000 people now in the fan park. Most supporting Cavendish. Race pace is quick so leaders might get to Harrogate slightly earlier than expected for the finish."

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The Northern Echo:

A police officer gets cheered on by the crowd as he makes a climb before stage one of the Tour de France passes over the Grinton Moor, Yorkshire.

1:17pm

Northern Echo reporter Stuart Minting in Ripon: "Eerie calm in Ripon ahead of the publicity caravan arrival. Hundreds of amateur cyclists tracing the route and large crowds gathering on roadsides and eating picnics. A geniune party atmosphere."

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Leaders approaching Cracoe, three minutes ahead of Peloton.

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Leaders make their way through Skipton with fan numbers rivalling Otley but it's a close call.

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The leaders now over three minutes ahead of the pack as the riders head for Skipton. 

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Scott Wilson in Harrogate: "Hardly space to even sit down in the fan park, 250m from the finish line in Harrogate. Fans from all over the country here and a group of about 100 from France."

12:37pm

Scott Wilson reporting from Harrogate: "I'm in Nuffield Health Fan Park in Harrogate and there are thousands here already. Big screens have been showing the early stages of the race through Leeds. One couple who got married yesterday and didn't want to miss the race are watching still in their wedding outfits. Some fans have been queuing for places at the finish line at the Stray since midnight."

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Three leaders - Voigt, Edet and Jarrier -  2'19" ahead of the pack.

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Otley done. Tour moves on to neighbouring Ilkley.

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The leaders ride through Otley welcomed by thousands of cheering fans. The turnout across Yorkshire so far is staggering.

12:14pm

The Northern Echo:

Riders in the Tour de France head past The Headrow in Leeds earlier today.

12:12pm

The three leaders head away from Poole on their way to Otley, approximately two minutes ahead of the rest.

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12:02pm

The Northern Echo:

Crowds wait for riders to arrive near Reeth.

12:01pm

Depart reel is underway with three riders breaking from the pack.

11:59am

Riders have left Harewood House. Just waiting now for the flag to drop to signal the start of the race.

11:58am

The Northern Echo:

Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome (front) lead the Grand Depart at the ceremonial start in Leeds.

11:56am

A royal welcome at Harewood House for the riders.

William, Kate and Harry cut the ribbon to start the next stage of the race and the riders are making the way through the grounds of Harewood House.

The riders are yet to start racing but we're only minutes away.

 

11:35am

Still in the ceremonial 'depart fictif' stage. The race proper, 'depart reel', expected to get underway at 12pm.

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A man dressed as a gorilla has just ridden up Grinton Moor. Several people are dressed as comedy Frenchmen. There are lots of Yorkshire flags and different messages have been chalked on the road, including one which reads: "I love gravy"!

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Big smiles on the faces of the riders as they witness huge support from the people of Yorkshire.

11:19am

Northern Echo reporter Hannah Chapman: "Just below the summit of Grinton Moor, it's packed with literally tens of thousands of people, some who have been here since 4am. Many got soaked during night-time downpours."

Carol-Ann Glover, who has travelled to Yorkshire from South Australia said: "The Yorkshire scenery is just magnificent and it's great that the weather seems to be improving. We can't wait to see Richie Porte in action and all the other Aussie riders."

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A sea of people in Leeds as thousands line the streets to cheer on the riders.

11:05am

The Grand Departs! The ceremonial start has begun in Leeds.

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Appleton's pork butchers in Ripon, home of the pie-cycle, has queues out of the door with spectators wanting components of the meaty artwork.

10:38am

Ripon Mayor Mick Stanley enters spirit of Le Grand Depart by undertaking four minute cycling challenge in market square as giant grasshopper gives out freebies to children.

10:07am

Large crowds gathering in Ripon Market Place. Shopkeepers reporting brisk trade, with customers from as far afield as Australia.

9:37am

Follow our coverage online of stage one from 11.30am. Send us pictures as the Tour passes your community by tweeting us using hashtag #echotdf, email newsdesk@nne.co.uk or text NORTHERN ECHO to 80360. Please add where you are on the course.

5:00pm

Leeds Bradford Airport has launched a Tour de Yorkshire app, allowing users to compete in a virtual bike race through Yorkshire. Visit tourdeyorkshiregame.com 

4:31pm

York Minster has put a huge yellow jersey banner on the roof at the top of its central tower to celebrate the Grand Depart.

It will be on top of the gothic cathedral throughout this weekend.

4:14pm

A rush on French baguettes by customers at Waitrose supermarket in York has resulted in the store selling out. Customers in the city's high end supermarket are also reportedly stocking up on strawberries and champagne as the York branch says it has seen sales increase 11 per cent this week.

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The Northern Echo:

Reeth Post Office gets in the mood for the Tour de France by wearing a polka-dot jersey

4:11pm

The Northern Echo:

Chris Froome puts in an appearance in Reeth

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And also from our sport pages, here's news of leading sprinter Michael Matthews missing the Tour de France after suffering a crash in training:

3:32pm

Here's the full details of Alberto Contador press conference ahead of tomorrow's opening stage

3:26pm

The last batch of teams are holding their pre-race press conferences in Leeds today.

Former champion Alberto Contador has described Chris Froome as "the big favourite", and also predicted that Sunday's second stage between York and Sheffield will lead to "some important time differences" in the general classification.

Orica Green Edge team leader Simon Gerrans has said that he is targeting a stage win on day two.

Much of the focus so far has been on tomorrow's stage between Leeds and Sheffield, but in terms of the make-up of the overall race, Sunday's stage should be an absolute cracker.

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Inspired by the Tour de France, cerebral palsy sufferer Richard Lovett, 43, is trying to cycle 874 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for Cancer Research UK

1:04pm

Staff from 21 Newcastle Building Society branches are cycling the distance of the Tour de France (3,656km) on exercise bikes in their offices from July 14 to 19, in aid of a range of charities and good causes

1:02pm

The Royal Mail is to issue a special postmark to mark the Tour De France Grand Départ. It will be printed on mail delivered across the UK on Satuday and will say '‘Yorkshire Grand Départ Tour De France 2014’.

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Daniel and Matt from Global Cycling Network check out the route for Stage 1 of the Tour de France. Here's what they found...

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11:58am

Saturday Spotlight in tomorrow's sport section profiles Mark Cavendish as he attempts to win the opening stage that finishes in Harrogate, the hometown of his mother, Adele.

If Cavendish wins, he moves into third position on his own on the all-time list of Tour stage wins, and will also claim the race's yellow jersey for the first time in his career.

Here's Paddy Power's current odds for Stage One:

Mark Cavendish 2-1,  Marcel Kittel 21-20, Andre Greipel 5-1, Peter Sagan 7-1, Arnaud Demare 11-1, John Degenkolb 20-1.

Who's your money on?

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Here's today's Scott Wilson Column profiling the way in which Yorkshire is gearing up for its weekend in the sporting spotlight:

And here's why Richie Porte is confident that Team Sky will propel Chris Froome to another victory in this year's race:

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The Northern Echo:

Bunting hangs from homes across a West Tanfield street

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The Northern Echo:

Road side sculptures in Leyburn, in the Yorkshire Dales

11:05am

The Northern Echo:

A scarecrow at Burley in Wharfdale to welcome the Tour de France

11:02am

The Northern Echo:

Workmen steam clean a Union Flag off the road near Reeth ahead of the race passing through tomorrow

The Northern Echo:

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The Northern Echo:

Alpacca's painted in the Tour de France leading jersey colours walk down roads that will be used for the race near Reeth

10:47am

@mazziev tweeted: "Big well done to all in Yorkshire who have put your all into  the #TDF you wouldn't even know it was coming to East Anglia!"

10:38am

The Northern Echo:

Barriers and marquees in Bainbridge ahead of the Tour de France

10:37am

The Northern Echo:

Dave and Hannah Cousins putting up some last minute decorations in Worton

10:08am

Skipton Police tweeted: "Lots of cyclists on #TDF route today. B6265 from Skipton exceptionally popular - Pls be patient and watch your speed if driving."

10:00am

DARLINGTON soroptimists Barbara Brown and Sue Fortescue are among 5,000 the Tour Makers helping the Grand Depart run smoothly this weekend.

Mrs Fortescue was a Games Maker during the London Olympics and decided to get involved again this time around 'because I had such a wonderful time in 2012."

She will be volunteering in Leeds city centre, while Mrs Brown has been allocated a role in the Leyburn area.

The Northern Echo:

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The Northern Echo:

Sixty-year-old Gordon Peacock can watch the Tour pass through from his front door in Muker in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Get involved: Help us map the route of the Grand Depart in pictures by sending us photographs of the Tour celebrations as the Grand Depart passes through your community.

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Don't forget to let us know where you are on the route!

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