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UPDATED: 285,000 welcome Tour de France in Leeds

The Tour de France getting underway in Leeds

The Tour de France getting underway in Leeds

Around 285,000 people were in Leeds city centre as the 2014 Tour de France got underway.

The cyclists rode 190km today (Saturday) in the first stage before they come through Calderdale on the second stage on Sunday.

The Duchess of Cambridge cut the ribbon in Leeds this lunchtime to launch the event.

Germany’s Marcel Kittel of the Giant-Shimano team won the first stage in Harrogate and takes the yellow jersey for the opening day of the Tour.

Britain’s Mark Cavendish crashed around 300 metres from the finish line.

Jens Voigt of Trek Factory Racing, who has equalled the record for the most Tour de France appearances with his final appearance this year, has taken the King of the Mountains title after the first day and with it, the Polka Dot Jersey, which is awarded to the rider with the best points total from the hill climb stages.

 

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