Yorkshire provides the 'grandest' Grand Départ

Crowds line Main Street, Haworth, to watch the riders tackle the cobbled climb

Crowds line Main Street, Haworth, to watch the riders tackle the cobbled climb

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YORKSHIRE provided the Tour de France with the “grandest” Grand Départ in its 101 year history, according to the director, who estimated as many as five million people might have lined the route.

At the end of the second stage of the race, a day that saw riders pass through Addingham, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth and Oxenhope, Christian Prudhomme said Yorkshire had “raised the bar” for future hosts of the world’s biggest annual sporting event.

Crowds flocked to both town centre streets and rural country roads yesterday to watch the race, and the crowds were so big organisers say they will have to revise initial “conservative” estimates that the event would bring £100 million to the region.

Although early initial figures by police estimate at least 2.5 million spectators, Mr Prudhomme said there could have been as many as five million.

Starting in York, the second leg soon returned to the Bradford district, where spectators lined the entire 124-mile (201km) route to Sheffield.

Although the forecast was not as promising as on Saturday, the weather held out for the duration of the race.

Crowds in Addingham gave a big Yorkshire welcome to the race for the second time in two days before Silsden enjoyed what must have been the town’s biggest moment as the riders passed through.

The leading group of about seven cyclists arrived in Keighley shortly after 1pm, with the main group about a minute behind. The town’s diverse population turned out in their droves to cheer the riders, all united as proud Yorkshire folk.

After passing through Haworth and Oxenhope, the race headed towards its Sheffield finish, but its impact will likely be felt for a long time to come.

Bradford Council leader, Councillor David Green, said last night: “I think the Tour de France has been an absolutely stunning spectacle and a real boost for Yorkshire.

“We have to give our thanks and praise to all those involved in helping to organise it, particularly the volunteers, tour makers and public sector workers who have made it work so well.

“The real winner here has been Yorkshire.”

Addressing the people of Yorkshire after the race, Mr Prudhomme said: “Bernard Hinault (five time TDF winner) said to me it is the first time in 40 years on a bike that he has seen crowds like we saw this weekend.

“What you did was good for Yorkshire, for sure, but what you did was also good for the Tour.

"When you said you would deliver the grandest Grand Départ it was the truth, you have raised the bar for all future hosts of the Tour de France.”

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “When we first bid for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, I promised that we would deliver the grandest Grand Départ the Tour has ever seen.

“It gives me immense pride to say that we made good on that promise, and the success of this spectacular event will welcome an incredible new chapter in the history of Yorkshire.

“Millions of people both right here at the roadside and in homes all over the world have seen the magnificence of Yorkshire, and our beautiful county has done itself proud once again.”

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10:18am Mon 7 Jul 14

theoutsider says...

It were a reet 'GRAND' YORKSHIRE DAY - Yorkshire folk the winners here but where there's a winner there's alas a LOOSER and which ever way yer look at it BRADFORD was a LOOSER this weekend. Ok the Le Tour went through the BD post code but no where near Bratfud City centre. Look at all the business that could have generated. What were Green & Co- 'bunkered' up as they are in City chuff H-all doing twiddling their thumbs and letting Leeds get all the business, and reflected glory. Another missed opportunity by our resident 'bungling buffons' in City Hall. But then with all that startling natural Dales beauty on show the last place you want to be sending Le Grande Depart and the eyes of the world is Yorkshires 'Shanty tarn'.
It were a reet 'GRAND' YORKSHIRE DAY - Yorkshire folk the winners here but where there's a winner there's alas a LOOSER and which ever way yer look at it BRADFORD was a LOOSER this weekend. Ok the Le Tour went through the BD post code but no where near Bratfud City centre. Look at all the business that could have generated. What were Green & Co- 'bunkered' up as they are in City chuff H-all doing twiddling their thumbs and letting Leeds get all the business, and reflected glory. Another missed opportunity by our resident 'bungling buffons' in City Hall. But then with all that startling natural Dales beauty on show the last place you want to be sending Le Grande Depart and the eyes of the world is Yorkshires 'Shanty tarn'. theoutsider
  • Score: -9

10:35am Mon 7 Jul 14

mark4469 says...

I personally believe that it really was so unnecessary to cause so much disruption with what i see as illegal road closure s the people of the affected villages have been unable to go about there business due to these bike riders who don't pay any road tax to use our roads i even almost got run of the road by a French tv car between saltaire and Manningham because he is used to driving on the other side of the road so all the affected people should be entitled to 2 days road tax refunded by the government for not being allowed to use the roads they pay tax to go on and were do Bradford City council get off saying if you don't remove your vehicles then we will do it for you they need to remember land was here before anyone of us were born so they own nothing there a total disgrace to the county
I personally believe that it really was so unnecessary to cause so much disruption with what i see as illegal road closure s the people of the affected villages have been unable to go about there business due to these bike riders who don't pay any road tax to use our roads i even almost got run of the road by a French tv car between saltaire and Manningham because he is used to driving on the other side of the road so all the affected people should be entitled to 2 days road tax refunded by the government for not being allowed to use the roads they pay tax to go on and were do Bradford City council get off saying if you don't remove your vehicles then we will do it for you they need to remember land was here before anyone of us were born so they own nothing there a total disgrace to the county mark4469
  • Score: -64

10:44am Mon 7 Jul 14

mark4469 says...

I would also like to say why are West Yorkshire police illegally parking outside Norfolk gardens in loading bays and taxi ranks to go to there little police station i have also seen illegal parking on the pavement this needs to be stopped as there illegal activity is in the public interest to be dealt with the so called council wardens need to clamp down on the police s illegal parking as we the public have to abide by the rules as it goes the same for speeding police speeding kills people every year i have seen dozens of occasions in Bradford were police speeding was totally unnecessarily officers are no different to us they are human beings so we need to see a cut in police speeding
I would also like to say why are West Yorkshire police illegally parking outside Norfolk gardens in loading bays and taxi ranks to go to there little police station i have also seen illegal parking on the pavement this needs to be stopped as there illegal activity is in the public interest to be dealt with the so called council wardens need to clamp down on the police s illegal parking as we the public have to abide by the rules as it goes the same for speeding police speeding kills people every year i have seen dozens of occasions in Bradford were police speeding was totally unnecessarily officers are no different to us they are human beings so we need to see a cut in police speeding mark4469
  • Score: -31

10:51am Mon 7 Jul 14

Old Peculiar says...

some people are just desperate to put a negative spin on everything, moaning cos the tour didn't come past their front doorstep, or they couldn't get to the co-op for milk.
Jog on whingers!!
This weekend was amazing, words can't describe how proud I am today, to say that the TdF came through Yorkshire. Once in a lifetime, well done to the organisers, and to the thousands / millions who lined the streets, and showed the world why this is called God's Country !!
some people are just desperate to put a negative spin on everything, moaning cos the tour didn't come past their front doorstep, or they couldn't get to the co-op for milk. Jog on whingers!! This weekend was amazing, words can't describe how proud I am today, to say that the TdF came through Yorkshire. Once in a lifetime, well done to the organisers, and to the thousands / millions who lined the streets, and showed the world why this is called God's Country !! Old Peculiar
  • Score: 64

10:59am Mon 7 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

Outstanding weekend of entertainment. Obviously, it's always a thrill to see places we know and love on the TV, but what a show we put on! Fantastic! It really showed off our best bits and the helicopter shots were amazing. Yorkshire's famous scenery was shown in 190 countries this weekend - and who couldn't be impressed.
In a competition whose raison d'etre was always to showcase France's countryside, it is fitting that the finest countryside in the world got to take a bow - and we are very lucky to have Bradford District's best bits on both days! Which other area, other than North Yorkshire, got that?
Well done to all the towns and villages in Bradford and along the route - you really showed us off to the world and Cambridgeshire is going to be a real let down for the riders (but maybe a bit of a relief) and TV directors alike.
Very, very proud to be a Yorkshireman after this weekend.
Outstanding weekend of entertainment. Obviously, it's always a thrill to see places we know and love on the TV, but what a show we put on! Fantastic! It really showed off our best bits and the helicopter shots were amazing. Yorkshire's famous scenery was shown in 190 countries this weekend - and who couldn't be impressed. In a competition whose raison d'etre was always to showcase France's countryside, it is fitting that the finest countryside in the world got to take a bow - and we are very lucky to have Bradford District's best bits on both days! Which other area, other than North Yorkshire, got that? Well done to all the towns and villages in Bradford and along the route - you really showed us off to the world and Cambridgeshire is going to be a real let down for the riders (but maybe a bit of a relief) and TV directors alike. Very, very proud to be a Yorkshireman after this weekend. JAtkinson
  • Score: 32

11:24am Mon 7 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

It was a great two days. Like someone else said it showed Bradford's best area's. Would have been nice to see Saltaire showcased and over top of Baildon but beyond that it could have been embarrasing going through parts of Bradford. Imagine a rotting Odeon for all to see or half an old police station overlooking a puddle being shown around the world. Probably best it ran the route it did.

It was a great two days, and showed Yorkshire in a fantastic light.
It was a great two days. Like someone else said it showed Bradford's best area's. Would have been nice to see Saltaire showcased and over top of Baildon but beyond that it could have been embarrasing going through parts of Bradford. Imagine a rotting Odeon for all to see or half an old police station overlooking a puddle being shown around the world. Probably best it ran the route it did. It was a great two days, and showed Yorkshire in a fantastic light. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 17

12:17pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

mark4469 wrote:
I would also like to say why are West Yorkshire police illegally parking outside Norfolk gardens in loading bays and taxi ranks to go to there little police station i have also seen illegal parking on the pavement this needs to be stopped as there illegal activity is in the public interest to be dealt with the so called council wardens need to clamp down on the police s illegal parking as we the public have to abide by the rules as it goes the same for speeding police speeding kills people every year i have seen dozens of occasions in Bradford were police speeding was totally unnecessarily officers are no different to us they are human beings so we need to see a cut in police speeding
and the relevance of this comment to the article is what?
[quote][p][bold]mark4469[/bold] wrote: I would also like to say why are West Yorkshire police illegally parking outside Norfolk gardens in loading bays and taxi ranks to go to there little police station i have also seen illegal parking on the pavement this needs to be stopped as there illegal activity is in the public interest to be dealt with the so called council wardens need to clamp down on the police s illegal parking as we the public have to abide by the rules as it goes the same for speeding police speeding kills people every year i have seen dozens of occasions in Bradford were police speeding was totally unnecessarily officers are no different to us they are human beings so we need to see a cut in police speeding[/p][/quote]and the relevance of this comment to the article is what? Bone_idle18
  • Score: 6

12:22pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
It was a great two days. Like someone else said it showed Bradford's best area's. Would have been nice to see Saltaire showcased and over top of Baildon but beyond that it could have been embarrasing going through parts of Bradford. Imagine a rotting Odeon for all to see or half an old police station overlooking a puddle being shown around the world. Probably best it ran the route it did.

It was a great two days, and showed Yorkshire in a fantastic light.
I suspect it'll be back again sooner rather than later.

Lots of great areas missed out. The north yorks moors would have looked spectacular, and then maybe a ride along the coast. there's also the wolds.

Hopefully the tour of Yorkshire will be a big hit and attract big names, there's so much variety in the county you could make a different tour every year for 10 years and not retrace your steps!
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: It was a great two days. Like someone else said it showed Bradford's best area's. Would have been nice to see Saltaire showcased and over top of Baildon but beyond that it could have been embarrasing going through parts of Bradford. Imagine a rotting Odeon for all to see or half an old police station overlooking a puddle being shown around the world. Probably best it ran the route it did. It was a great two days, and showed Yorkshire in a fantastic light.[/p][/quote]I suspect it'll be back again sooner rather than later. Lots of great areas missed out. The north yorks moors would have looked spectacular, and then maybe a ride along the coast. there's also the wolds. Hopefully the tour of Yorkshire will be a big hit and attract big names, there's so much variety in the county you could make a different tour every year for 10 years and not retrace your steps! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 11

1:01pm Mon 7 Jul 14

shoemanzee says...

mark4469 wrote:
I personally believe that it really was so unnecessary to cause so much disruption with what i see as illegal road closure s the people of the affected villages have been unable to go about there business due to these bike riders who don't pay any road tax to use our roads i even almost got run of the road by a French tv car between saltaire and Manningham because he is used to driving on the other side of the road so all the affected people should be entitled to 2 days road tax refunded by the government for not being allowed to use the roads they pay tax to go on and were do Bradford City council get off saying if you don't remove your vehicles then we will do it for you they need to remember land was here before anyone of us were born so they own nothing there a total disgrace to the county
Thank God the world isn't full of people like you! Get yourself a life... You might even enjoy it!
[quote][p][bold]mark4469[/bold] wrote: I personally believe that it really was so unnecessary to cause so much disruption with what i see as illegal road closure s the people of the affected villages have been unable to go about there business due to these bike riders who don't pay any road tax to use our roads i even almost got run of the road by a French tv car between saltaire and Manningham because he is used to driving on the other side of the road so all the affected people should be entitled to 2 days road tax refunded by the government for not being allowed to use the roads they pay tax to go on and were do Bradford City council get off saying if you don't remove your vehicles then we will do it for you they need to remember land was here before anyone of us were born so they own nothing there a total disgrace to the county[/p][/quote]Thank God the world isn't full of people like you! Get yourself a life... You might even enjoy it! shoemanzee
  • Score: 22

1:14pm Mon 7 Jul 14

etemba says...

mark4469 wrote:
I personally believe that it really was so unnecessary to cause so much disruption with what i see as illegal road closure s the people of the affected villages have been unable to go about there business due to these bike riders who don't pay any road tax to use our roads i even almost got run of the road by a French tv car between saltaire and Manningham because he is used to driving on the other side of the road so all the affected people should be entitled to 2 days road tax refunded by the government for not being allowed to use the roads they pay tax to go on and were do Bradford City council get off saying if you don't remove your vehicles then we will do it for you they need to remember land was here before anyone of us were born so they own nothing there a total disgrace to the county
Mark4469, there is no such thing as road tax. You pay Vehicle Excise Duty to DVLA. Road maintenance is mostly paid for by general taxation (income and council taxes), and incidentally also includes pavements, lighting, etc, which non-drivers benefit from.
Regarding the TDF, the extra revenue enjoyed by businesses throughout Yorkshire over the weekend, and ongoing tourism, will more than make up for the 2 days of disruption. Most people were aware of the event months in advance, so had plenty time to prepare for any inconvenience.
[quote][p][bold]mark4469[/bold] wrote: I personally believe that it really was so unnecessary to cause so much disruption with what i see as illegal road closure s the people of the affected villages have been unable to go about there business due to these bike riders who don't pay any road tax to use our roads i even almost got run of the road by a French tv car between saltaire and Manningham because he is used to driving on the other side of the road so all the affected people should be entitled to 2 days road tax refunded by the government for not being allowed to use the roads they pay tax to go on and were do Bradford City council get off saying if you don't remove your vehicles then we will do it for you they need to remember land was here before anyone of us were born so they own nothing there a total disgrace to the county[/p][/quote]Mark4469, there is no such thing as road tax. You pay Vehicle Excise Duty to DVLA. Road maintenance is mostly paid for by general taxation (income and council taxes), and incidentally also includes pavements, lighting, etc, which non-drivers benefit from. Regarding the TDF, the extra revenue enjoyed by businesses throughout Yorkshire over the weekend, and ongoing tourism, will more than make up for the 2 days of disruption. Most people were aware of the event months in advance, so had plenty time to prepare for any inconvenience. etemba
  • Score: 26

2:26pm Mon 7 Jul 14

MarkPullen says...

mark4469 wrote:
I personally believe that it really was so unnecessary to cause so much disruption with what i see as illegal road closure s the people of the affected villages have been unable to go about there business due to these bike riders who don't pay any road tax to use our roads i even almost got run of the road by a French tv car between saltaire and Manningham because he is used to driving on the other side of the road so all the affected people should be entitled to 2 days road tax refunded by the government for not being allowed to use the roads they pay tax to go on and were do Bradford City council get off saying if you don't remove your vehicles then we will do it for you they need to remember land was here before anyone of us were born so they own nothing there a total disgrace to the county
There's no such thing as "road tax"!

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/magazine-23694
438
[quote][p][bold]mark4469[/bold] wrote: I personally believe that it really was so unnecessary to cause so much disruption with what i see as illegal road closure s the people of the affected villages have been unable to go about there business due to these bike riders who don't pay any road tax to use our roads i even almost got run of the road by a French tv car between saltaire and Manningham because he is used to driving on the other side of the road so all the affected people should be entitled to 2 days road tax refunded by the government for not being allowed to use the roads they pay tax to go on and were do Bradford City council get off saying if you don't remove your vehicles then we will do it for you they need to remember land was here before anyone of us were born so they own nothing there a total disgrace to the county[/p][/quote]There's no such thing as "road tax"! http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/magazine-23694 438 MarkPullen
  • Score: 4

3:43pm Mon 7 Jul 14

A650 says...

Good to see some positive comments on here instead of the usual hijack by whinging Jeremiahs. It was a great event and made me proud to be from Yorkshire.
Good to see some positive comments on here instead of the usual hijack by whinging Jeremiahs. It was a great event and made me proud to be from Yorkshire. A650
  • Score: 12

4:20pm Mon 7 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
It was a great two days. Like someone else said it showed Bradford's best area's. Would have been nice to see Saltaire showcased and over top of Baildon but beyond that it could have been embarrasing going through parts of Bradford. Imagine a rotting Odeon for all to see or half an old police station overlooking a puddle being shown around the world. Probably best it ran the route it did.

It was a great two days, and showed Yorkshire in a fantastic light.
Notice it didn't go through Beeston or Burmantofts either?
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: It was a great two days. Like someone else said it showed Bradford's best area's. Would have been nice to see Saltaire showcased and over top of Baildon but beyond that it could have been embarrasing going through parts of Bradford. Imagine a rotting Odeon for all to see or half an old police station overlooking a puddle being shown around the world. Probably best it ran the route it did. It was a great two days, and showed Yorkshire in a fantastic light.[/p][/quote]Notice it didn't go through Beeston or Burmantofts either? linebacker2
  • Score: 3

4:28pm Mon 7 Jul 14

BertSanders says...

I really could not be considered an enthusiast - but the Tour turnout was absolutely marvellous and beyond my wildest expectation. A fantastic performance by the organisers which must be good for Yorkshire. Good days ahead may well be the race winner.
I really could not be considered an enthusiast - but the Tour turnout was absolutely marvellous and beyond my wildest expectation. A fantastic performance by the organisers which must be good for Yorkshire. Good days ahead may well be the race winner. BertSanders
  • Score: 12

9:59pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Its Granola - Granola says...

Totally agree with almost all the comments , i also am not a cycling enthusiast, but i must say well done to all concerned on a fantastic show .Proud to be from Yorkshire .
As for mark wots his names comments less said the better i think .
Totally agree with almost all the comments , i also am not a cycling enthusiast, but i must say well done to all concerned on a fantastic show .Proud to be from Yorkshire . As for mark wots his names comments less said the better i think . Its Granola - Granola
  • Score: 6

12:22am Tue 8 Jul 14

Atbman says...

Oh dear. The usual moaning, mithering, complaining, whining, whingeing, snivelling, self-pitying, enjoy nothings, come rushing out of the woodwork with their predictable doom-mongering nonsense.

An estimated 1.3 billion people watch the Tour - you couldn't buy that kind of publicity for Yorkshire.
Oh dear. The usual moaning, mithering, complaining, whining, whingeing, snivelling, self-pitying, enjoy nothings, come rushing out of the woodwork with their predictable doom-mongering nonsense. An estimated 1.3 billion people watch the Tour - you couldn't buy that kind of publicity for Yorkshire. Atbman
  • Score: 4

8:26am Tue 8 Jul 14

yezboss says...

It was a superb event. BUT we should take a leaf out of the Manx book and look at how they close and open roads for the TT etc. Why on earth we have to have them shut for the length of time we did is beyond me. Also the fact people had to divert for miles to get around it, eg No exit or entry at M62 Jnc 24, one had to go to 22 because of the limts of 23. to get to the northerly side of Huddersfield. That should have been looked at more closely and the route organised differently. The Manx shut their IOM roads (and that is for motorcycle racing which can take about 4 hours dependant on race or practice sessions where no one is allowed on the road side) from about 2 hours before and open about 30 minutes after any closure. And that goes on for two weeks What was our closure, one day from around 0600 to 1800 approx. That was for an event which passed by any given point in about 1 hour max. Some TWELVE HOURS. We have no idea.
It was a superb event. BUT we should take a leaf out of the Manx book and look at how they close and open roads for the TT etc. Why on earth we have to have them shut for the length of time we did is beyond me. Also the fact people had to divert for miles to get around it, eg No exit or entry at M62 Jnc 24, one had to go to 22 because of the limts of 23. to get to the northerly side of Huddersfield. That should have been looked at more closely and the route organised differently. The Manx shut their IOM roads (and that is for motorcycle racing which can take about 4 hours dependant on race or practice sessions where no one is allowed on the road side) from about 2 hours before and open about 30 minutes after any closure. And that goes on for two weeks What was our closure, one day from around 0600 to 1800 approx. That was for an event which passed by any given point in about 1 hour max. Some TWELVE HOURS. We have no idea. yezboss
  • Score: -1

8:40am Tue 8 Jul 14

A650 says...

Yeah the similarities in traffic and road network between West Yorkshire and the Isle of Man are there for all to see .
Yeah the similarities in traffic and road network between West Yorkshire and the Isle of Man are there for all to see . A650
  • Score: -1

2:03pm Tue 8 Jul 14

basil fawlty says...

Its now up to Bradford torist bosses to cash in and get the tourists to make Bradford their base, especialy as both Stage 1 and Stage 2 were directly north and west of Bradford and generally nearer to Bradford than Leeds.
Its now up to Bradford torist bosses to cash in and get the tourists to make Bradford their base, especialy as both Stage 1 and Stage 2 were directly north and west of Bradford and generally nearer to Bradford than Leeds. basil fawlty
  • Score: 0

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