STAGE 2 LIVE BLOG: The Tour de France heads through Addingham, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, Stanbury and Oxenhope (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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STAGE 2 LIVE BLOG: The Tour de France heads through Addingham, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, Stanbury and Oxenhope
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- Italian Vincenzo Nibali wins the second stage of the Tour de France
- Relive another fabulous day with all the pictures, stats and Twitter reaction
- Your views from out on the streets
- Mark Cavendish ruled out of this year's race
Overall standings after stage two:
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) 9hrs 52mins 43secs
2. Peter Sagan (Svk/Cannondale) +2secs
3. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing) same time
4. Michael Albasini (Swi/Orica GreenEdge)
5. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Belkin)
7. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel/Lotto)
8. Alberto Contador (Spa/Tinkoff - Saxo)
9. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing)
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana)
Nineteen minutes after Nibali crosses the line, Marcel Kittel finally finishes.
Cllr Dave Green, leader of Bradford council, said the real winner of the past few days has been Yorkshire and its international reputation.
He said: “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 has been Yorkshire – the media coverage has been exceptional and the people who have come out to see it have been unbelievable.”
Stage two roll of honour:
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
2. Greg van Avermaet (BMC) + 0.02
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS)
3. Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
5. Tony Gallopin (Lotto)
Nibali also claimed the race leader's maillot jaune, from stage one winner Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), who endured a difficult day.
Sir Rodney Walker, Chair of TdFHUB2014 Ltd said: “Around 2.5 million spectators lined the route over two days and revelled in being part of history. The passion of the crowds in Yorkshire has really made this a weekend to remember.
"There has been a huge amount of planning and hard work from all the partners involved to ensure the first two stages were a success. We have once again showcased how the UK can deliver amazing events and a world-wide audience has seen the best of Yorkshire, and the best of the UK. I have no doubts the benefits of hosting the Tour de France in the UK will be felt both in the short and long term.
"Tomorrow will see yet another day of world-class, free sporting action as the cyclists race from Cambridge to London."
Early predictions are that a total of around 2.5m spectators lined the route on Saturday and Sunday. Today, there were more than 100,000 spectators in York and around 60,000 at Holme Moss.
Wow, wow, thrice wow! Could Yorkshire have asked for anything better than this? I'll answer that for you. It's a resounding 'no'. With the exception of Mark Cavendish's injury, this has been the perfect weekend.
Seven days after taking the Italian Championship and Nibali is a winner again
He's done it. The Italian champion is the Sheffield champion
Vincenzo Nibali goes... is it too early?
All the contenders are still there for the last 1km. A fitting end to a spectacular few days.
Atack after attack after attack and now Team Sky bunch at the front
Sprinter Peter Sagan working his way to the front alongside the men who will be heading the general classification in Paris.
Here we go... 5km to the finish and Froome, Contador and Nibali, the three bookies' favourites for the yellow jersey, are fighting for the stage win.
Some great shots from Haworth
A few more hundred spectators are whipped up into a frenzy at Addingham
Addingham welcomes the Tour
Councillor Brian Morris, chairman of Keighley Town Council’s Allotments and Landscapes Committee, paid tribute to the respect people showed for Keighley Town Hall Square and the cenotaph, which was right next to the race route.
“I only picked up four pieces of litter there,” he said. “The crowds have been brilliant.”
Keighley town mayor, Councillor Graham Mitchell, has said: “I’m very proud of what Keighley has done today to host the race.
“This has been an unprecedented event for the town. Nobody knew how many people would come here.
“I think if anything we probably over-provided, and we may have been over-cautious with some of the road closures we put in. But as this was a first time for us there had to be a level of caution in order to be safe.
“Keighley has proved itself to be a very competent, caring host for the Tour.”
Kadri is finally caught as the race joins up for the first time since York. Just 29km (fewer than 18 miles) to go, and the yellow jersey is anyone's. Tom Slagter and Andrew Talansky are first and second up the latest categorized climb, taking two points and one point respectively.
Elle and Holly Walker from Bradford are enjoying their day out.
Blel Kadri still out in front on his own. He's been there from the start, the whole 96 miles, and if you've been paying attention you'll remember I said I'd bet my life savings the lead group he was in would not hang on to the finish. I'm still convinced Kadri will be caught (he's 1min 16sec in front of the main pack at the moment) but what a race he has had. Lung-bursting stuff.
Zulfi Karim, vice president of the Bradford Council for Mosques was with his family in Keighley for the TdF: "This was multi-cultural Britain at its best - a great event and everyone just enjoying Yorkshireness," Mr Karim said.
Keighley's takeaways kept Tdf fans' hunger at bay. "It's been a beautiful, once in a blue moon event," said manager Sajid Hussain, of Megabites, Alice Road.
Hundreds of people still sunning themselves at the Tour de France Spectator Hub in Keighley’s Victoria Park. Either watching the race on the giant screen or enjoying the funfair, stalls and refreshments.
Wow! Thomas Voeckler - who has four stage wins to his name in the Tour - explodes into action as he chases AG2R's Blel Kadri, who shot to the front at the foot of Holme Moss. He catches Kadri but not for long, with Kadri putting on another burst of speed to be first man over the summit. He takes five points in the race for the polka dot jersey but there are still four categorized climbs to go before the finish. The descent begins... at around 60mph in places.
I'll break off from copying over some spectator snaps to tell you the riders are just 10km from the foot of Holme Moss. The seven leaders are just 50 seconds clear now and will probably be caught on the climb, which is 5km long with an average gradient of seven per cent, peaking at a punishing ten per cent. Cyclists among you will know that those statistics do not make for pretty reading.
Sky Boys Kevin Symons, Jonny Westcott and Simon Tidmarsh encourage the peleton
Nigel Dibbs, Peter Dunn and Mark Bonman cheer the cyclists today.
A few of the few million watching the race over the last few days. Phew!
The peloton heads down Beamsley Hill
Welcome TdF banner on new mosque Skipton Road, Keighley.
Flashback to the start at York Racecourse
Rev Derek Walmsley of St Mark's Church, Utley, part of Keighley Churches who were feeding the hundreds with a free BBQ on Church Green.
"We've all been blessed by the weather. It's been fantastic," Rev Walmsley said after the TdF had departed.
It's au revoir to the Bradford district but with seven climbs, including Holme Moss, and 104km to go, nobody is slowing down yet.
The race may have passed through, but plenty still going on in central Keighley to keep the crowds here. Barbecues, drinks, cakes and other refreshments on offer at Central Hall, Keighley Civic Centre and Church Green, among other locations. And there is also a Tour de France Spectator Hub at Victoria Park, Keighley, with live music and a giant tv screen available well into the evening.
Jens Voigt retains the King of the Mountains jersey after the Category 3 climb of Oxenhope Moor. Cyril Lemoine would have moved to within a point in the standings if he had been first over the top for the two points but instead it was Perrig Quemeneur of Europcar who took the sprint. He and Lemoine, who gets a point for runner-up, are two points behind veteran Voigt.
A snaphot of the peloton as it flies through Keighley.
The race has just sped through Keighley to huge cheers from the flag-waving crowds.
Next up it's Oxenhope and the Côte d'Oxenhope moor, a category 3 climb.
What's going on? Up the cobbles in Haworth and no sign of Fabian Cancellara shooting through the field at twice the speed of his rivals. The three-time Paris-Roubaix winner (a race famous for its cobbles) decided to take it easy on this occasion, if you can call 30mph easy.
ITV need to apologise to Keighley residents for cutting to an advert just as the peloton was heading into the town. When the coverage resumed the riders had sped through and the commentators were talking about the race approaching Haworth. Then again, I doubt any Keighley residents were watching the TV, they looked to be all out on the streets.
Peter Sagan takes over the lead in the race for the green points jersey from Marcel Kittel after the German decides not to contest the intermediate sprint outside Keighley. Breakaway gap down to 1min 38sec.
Three first-timers in the lead group of seven. They are Armindo Fonseca, David de la Cruz and Matthew Busche.
Silsden, Silsden give us a wave, Silsden, give us a wave
And still there is no sign of the forecast drizzle, although the clouds are building.
Keighley are you ready. Grab those railings, flex your neck muscles, the leaders are heading your way.
Into the streets of Addingham and the crowds go wild
Marshals along Skipton Road, where there are no crash barriers, are being understandably strict about keeping spectators off the road. Even pedestrians who briefly step down into the gutter are being reminded to stick to the pavement! According to timetable fastest cyclists due in Keighley in 15 minutes.
There's a party atmosphere on Mill Hey, Haworth, with residents and visitors alike sitting at the roadside waiting for the riders.
Unlike the Main Street area where the crowd is heaving there's plenty of space here for spectators to get a front row view.
The cafes have also got seats in this part of the village and groups like the Freemasons are offering refreshments and toilet facilities.
Amongst the people down here are Fanny Ferris and Archie Blackwell, Haworth residents and musicians with Keighley band Black Horse Fairy.
The pair, who claim to be time travellers from Victorian England, said they weren't really interested in cycling.
But Archie said: "It's nice that folk have done so much for the Tour - doing up their shops and houses. It is a groovy event."
Fanny said the passing of the Tour caravan reminded her of Keighley Gala processions in the 1970s when the event was at its height
The atmosphere in Haworth Park at the Hub has been good natured all weekend, says one of the organisers.
Andrew Vaux from ARVA Public Relations and Event Management put together the market in the park for Worth The Tour.
He said there was a good selection of traders taking part.
He said : "Most are local traders, Local crafts, local fudge, pitta breads.
"We had a lot of people through yesterday and more today with the good weather."
Seven-man leading group heading towards first climb of the day at Blubberhouses.
Less than an hour to go now before the first race cyclists are due to arrive in Keighley. Spectator Martyn Sugden, 39, of Laycock, said: “I thought it might be a bit busier than this in terms of crowds. I think people have chosen to spread out all along the route. I don’t mind because it’s easier to move around.
“I’ve been following the Tour for about 10 years, but this might be the only time in my life I see it with my own eyes.”
Germany's Marcel Kittel in yellow and veteran German Jens Voigt in the polka dot jersey heading out of York this morning.
The peloton weaves past York Minster this morning
Got a bit quieter in Keighley after the initial wave of police motorcyclists and cavalcade vehicles. Cars still speeding through in ones and twos, but not a continuous convoy.
Some spectators outside Keighley Civic Centre have hung a banner on the crash barriers reading: “Keith 60 Today”. So, many happy returns Keith!
Caravan passing through Haworth.
Lots of cheers for the sponsors' vans with all giant drinks bottles, cows and rabbit.
The French optician's car thanked us for our welcoming smiles and the lady on the P&O ferry van told us all: "you are beautiful!".
The crowd outside Hall Green Baptist Church is ecstatic whenever one of the vehicles races past.
It has been reveraled Mark Cavendish suffered a separated AC joint after colliding with Australian Simon Gerrans.
"I'm absolutely devastated," Cavendish said at York Racecourse.
"We kind of knew last night. We knew straight away. I normally bounce back from some crashes quite well; I assessed my body yesterday and for the first time in my career I knew something was wrong.
"I was in pain last night. I held a bit of optimism that it was maybe just swelling and would go down overnight, but it's actually worse this morning. It's not possible to start, from a medical point of view."
It is still uncertain if Cavendish will be able to participate in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow for the Isle of Man.
He admitted he was culpable: "I tried to find a gap that wasn't there," he said, but was determined to cross the line.
Cavendish said: "I wanted to finish. The crowd that was out, I had to get my bike to the finish."
It is the first time since 2008 - when he left prematurely to prepare for the Beijing Olympics - that Cavendish will not complete the Tour.
The 2011 points classification winner and world champion won in Paris for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012.
The weather is lovely and the atmosphere is fantastic up here on the Cote d'Oxenhope Moor. Plenty of supporters all the way up the hill and a brilliant festival feel. Just waiting for the caravan to arrive.
Craig Dyson's Tour sculpture is going down a storm in Haworth Park.
The giant globe, created from 26,840 two pence coins, was unveiled yesterday morning to a crowd of 200 people.
Through the day, as the Hub attracted thousands of people into the park, a stream of people took up the chance to buy 'shares' in the globe.
They each paid £20 for a share, and by 10am today more than half the shares were sold.
Proceeds will help pay back Haworth sculptor Craig's costs in making the globe. He had worked day and night for the past few weeks to finish the sculpture in time for the Grand Depart.
Liz Barker, who is looking after the sculpture today, said: "It's been enthusiastically received by people. They're all taking photographs of it.
"I think we're going to sell all the shares today."
Heading through Knaresborough, with the breakaway 2min 49sec clear
Tour caravan now speeding through Keighley to cheering crowds! Hundreds of people lining North Street.
From 11.10am the cavalcade has started to race through the centre of Keighley, and the elaborately decorated vehicles are receiving an enthusiastic reception. Skipton Road is still relatively free of crowds, but plenty of people are lining North Street and enjoying the sunshine. Lots of businesses are open and serving food and refreshments.
One spectator, Halifax resident Allan Squires, 52, said: “I’ve been into cycling since I was six-years-old, so it’s very special for me to be able to come and see this event firsthand.”
Ten minutes into stage two and we have an early breakaway, with Perrig Quémeneur (Europcar), Matthew Busche (Trek), Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), David de la Cruz (NetApp), Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne) and Blel Kadri (AG2R) chancing their arm. Or rather no chance. With 189km to go, I bet you my life savings they won't be out at the front by the end.
Hundreds of good natured people at the bottom of Main Street, Haworth, waiting for the caravan.
Not as busy as Skipton yesterday when people were 15 to 20 deep on main street - here it's easy to see past the two-deep spectators at the barriers.
Tremendous cheers from the crowd whenever a police car or motorbike passes - the loudest for a young boy gamely struggling up Bridgehouse on his pushbike.
Girls from a local pub are carrying round pints of ice-cold cider on trays selling to thirsty spectators.
Mill Hey is getting crowded as the trains disgorge passengers and people try to get a good vantage point for the race by the station crossing.
Up in Haworth's Central Park the Hub is bustling, lots of children in the playground and a few dozen people watching Alan Titchmarsh on the big screen.
There's still plenty of room for anyone hoping to watch the Tour on screen.
Settled on his picnic mat, Keighley man Paul Cook was looking forward to the day.
He admitted the mood amongst people he knew was mixed.
"Some people hate the fact that the Grand Depart is attracting cyclists to the area," he said. "Cyclists have told me they've been abused verbally.
"Other people see it as fantastic for the area, a once in a lifetime event, and I'm one of them.
"It's promoting everything - Skipton, Haworth, all the local areas. People will see it on TV and it's beautiful. We're going to be booming for years."
Melvin Newton of Central Hall raising funds for Keighley and Ilkley Voluntary and Community Action by selling biked tea and buns.
"We were in Ilkley yesterday and it was great - I'm sure today will be a huge success too," Melvin said.
La camionette de souvenirs doing steady trade with fans in Keighley.
Taz Rafiq, 29, from Highfield, Keighley, has staked out a spot on Skipton Road for himself and his two young children. “I wasn’t planning on coming out today, to be honest,” he said. “Then I thought it would be stupid to miss something like this when it’s on my own doorstep.”
Still a few hours before the riders speed into our patch so time for a few more stats...
This year’s Tour will visit four countries in total: England, France, Belgium and Spain.
There may be 197 riders in the race this year (196 now Cav has had to withdraw) but they are dwarfed by the entourage, which, including organisers, team members, media and sponsor partners, total 4,500.
Figures published after the 2012 TDF stated there were 12 million people who lined the roads to watch the race. It is estimated that two million people will watch the first two stages in Yorkshire.
As a tribute to Cav, here is his cycling CV. Pretty impressive reading I think you'll agree...
1985: Born Douglas, Isle of Man on May 21.
2005: First professional victory on stage one of the Tour of Berlin.
March - Wins Madison gold at the Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles alongside Rob Hayles.
2006: March - Wins Melbourne Commonwealth Games scratch race gold medal for the Isle of Man.
September - Tour of Britain points jersey winner.
2007: September - Tour of Britain prologue, stage one, points and sprints jersey winner.
2008: March - Wins Madison gold in Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester alongside Bradley Wiggins.
May: Wins on stages four and 13 of Giro d'Italia.
July: Wins four stages of the Tour de France - stages five, eight, 12 and 13.
August: Favourite for Olympic Madison alongside Wiggins but the pair place ninth and Cavendish returns home as the only member of GB's track team without a medal.
2009: March - Wins 100th Milan-San Remo Classic.
May - Becomes the first Briton to wear the pink jersey for the Giro d'Italia leader after squad win opening team time-trial. Wins stages nine, 11 and 13.
July - Wins six stages at the Tour de France, including on the Champs Elysees, but misses out on the green jersey after he is docked points for barging rival Thor Hushovd of Norway.
September - Wins first stage of the Tour of Missouri in St Louis for the 50th road win of his career.
2010: July - Wins five Tour de France stages to take his career tally to 15 but finishes 11 points behind Alessandro Petacchi in the points classification.
September - Becomes only the second Briton after Robert Millar to win stages in all three grand tours after success on stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana. Wins two more stages and claims points classification.
2011: May - Finishes second on stage two of the Giro d'Italia to take the race leader's pink jersey after HTC-Highroad won the opening team time-trial. Wins stages 10 and 12 of the Giro d'Italia.
June 10 - Awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours.
July 17 - Takes fourth win for fourth successive Tour.
July 24 - Wins final stage in Paris to win the green jersey for the first time.
September 25 - Becomes first Briton to win men's road race at the World Championships since Tommy Simpson 46 years earlier.
October 11 - Joins British squad Team Sky for the 2012 season.
December 22 - Named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
2012: May - Wins three stages of the Giro d'Italia, but misses out on red jersey - and winning the points classification at all three grand tours - by one point.
June - Wins Ster ZLM Toer, his first general classification stage race success.
July - Claims first Tour stage win as world champion and for Team Sky on stage two. Wins two more, including victory in Paris for a fourth time.
July 28 - Finishes 29th in the Olympic road race.
September 16 - Wins three stages at the Tour of Britain.
October 18 - Leaves Team Sky after just one season to ride for the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.
2013: January 21 - Marks his Omega Pharma-QuickStep debut with victory on the opening stage of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina.
February 8 - Crowned overall winner of the Tour of Qatar after claiming four of the six stages.
May 4 - Takes the Giro d'Italia's pink jersey for the third time in his career with victory on the opening stage in Naples and wins three more stages, including his 100th win as a professional. Also takes the red jersey to become only the fifth rider to win the points classification in all three grand tours.
July - Wins two stages of the Tour de France to take his career tally to 25, moving joint third all-time alongside Andre Leducq. Is beaten in Paris for the first time at the Tour's finale.
September - Wins three stages of the Tour of Britain.
2014: February - wins stage five of the Tour of Algarve.
March - Omega Pharma-QuickStep win the team time-trial at Tirreno-Adriatico to put Cavendish in the leader's jersey. He also wins stage six.
April - Wins opening two stages of the Tour of Turkey and finishes with a total of four.
May - Wins stage one and the eighth and final stage of the Tour of California.
July 6: Ruled out of the Tour de France after suffering a shoulder injury in a crash towards the end of the first stage of the race between Leeds and Harrogate.
Spectator numbers along Keighley’s North Street now in the hundreds. A sudden flurry of activity shortly after 10am, where North Street meets High Street. An ambulance responding to an emergency needed access to the race route. Marshals quickly shifted the metal barriers to allow the ambulance onto High Street, while shouting for people to keep the road clear. The ambulance then headed north up North Street.
Two for the price of none! Here's another graphic. I know stage one is out of the way but it's lovely and colourful and our graphic artist Steve Spencer has gone to so much trouble producing them, whey the heck not throw them all on.
The all-important race timings for stage two
Community spirit began early today in Lees as the spectators began to arrive in the Worth Valley.
Householders stoked up the barbecue for a busy day keeping visitors and fellow residents refreshed.
Neighbours Denise Molyneux and Alison Brammah (pictured in the tweet below) and their families are selling bacon butties and drinks all day - and even letting skyscrapers visit the loo.
Denise is also offering the speciality sweets she sells through her home gifts business Just For You.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which has an extra crew on standby for the Tour today, will benefit from the families' efforts.
Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas gives his view of the second stage from York to Sheffield, via Silsden, Haworth and Keighley:
It's up and down all day, with narrow roads and twists and turns. There will still be a fairly decent sized group heading to the finish line together but I'm not sure the pure sprinters will be there, particularly with a short sharp climb near the end in Sheffield which, while only a few hundred metres long, has a section with a gradient of 33%. Riders like Alejandro Valverde and Simon Gerrans, the punchy riders that are fast but can get over the climbs, are likely to do well. There will be a tense big race into the bottom of Holme Moss, which is a well-known climb from the Tour of Britain, to make sure you're in a decent position - we will want to be near the front with Chris Froome. It comes just 60km from the finish and it will be full gas from there on in.
Salvation Army volunteers beside Church Green Keighley spreading the word and serving tea to Tour de France fans.
Professional cyclists are the fittest athletes in the world and among the bravest too. The nation's best wishes go out to Cav.
Cavendish dislocated his shoulder and suffered ligament damage in the crash after colliding with Simon Gerrans during the sprint finish in Harrogate.
The Omega Pharma - Quick-Step rider admitted he was to blame and said afterwards: "It was my fault, I'll apologise to Simon. I tried to find a gap that was not there. I wanted to win."
The 29-year-old Manxman is joint third on the list of most Tour stage wins with 25.
Most Tour stage wins:
34 Eddie Merckx (Belgium)
28 Bernard Hinault (France)
25 Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)
25 Andre Leducq (France)
22 Andre Darrigade (France)
Bad news folks! Mark Cavendish is out of the Tour de France following the shoulder injury he suffered on the first stage in Harrogate on Saturday, his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team have confirmed.
Crowd starting to build in Keighley as amateur cyclists sprint through on way to Haworth under brightening skies.
Keighley has woken up to sunshine and safety barriers with an army of fluorescent jackets keeping the roads clear for the great day ahead.
“It’s going to a great day and Keighley is ready for a fantastic event that will give the town a welcome boost,” said Hashim Kohan, local campaign manager for the Conservative Party and already on the street at 8am as fans began to bag their spots against the barriers.
Bacon butties at the ready, staff at Wild's bakers, Skipton Road, Keighley were happily catering for hungry security folk hours before the fans arrived.
Tourmakers Yvonne Hadley from Bingley and Steven Bicker from Bradford enjoying the wide open spaces before the hordes arrive:
"It's going to be excellent and we expect to welcome huge crowds," said Steve.
RT @DavidKnightsKN: Ahead of the pack... lone cyclist tries out the Tour route in Cross Roads #haworth #tour http://t.co/WjhKAHyHH4— @adrianfarley 06 July 2014
Noisy start to Tour day, woken at 5.30 by road marshals' arrival. First spectator just arrived in Cross Roads http://t.co/DlSZIvT3T0— @DavidKnightsKN 06 July 2014
Team of French marshals arrived in Cross Roads at 5.30 am to close off roads and are now chatting amiably with curious residents. Streets are clean and quiet, with the occasional cyclist passing as they ride the Tour route. The first spectators are walking on their way to Haworth
Spectators are already trickling into Keighley Town Centre and volunteer Tour Makers are assembling at Keighley Railway Station and in nearby Dalton Lane.
Some of the more organised spectators who have turned up with their own seats have staked out a spot for themselves on the pavement on North Street.
Marc Cameron, 41, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, said: “I’ve got family in Keighley I can stay with so this is the perfect place for me to come and watch. It should be a great day. I just hope everyone gets a decent view, and no one who has come a long way like me misses out.”
Team Sky's Geraint Thomas (pictured) said: "The crowds were just incredible all day. My ears are ringing now; it was like being in a disco for four hours. It was so noisy. You couldn't hear the radio, you had to shout to speak to each other.
"Everyone's going on about how good it was. (Giant-Shimano's John) Degenkolb came up to me and said 'you should be proud to be British, this is amazing'. It's pretty cool."
But a word of warning to today's spectators from Thomas: "It was great to race on home roads but it is quite dangerous at times. Try and stay off the road and give us a bit of room."
Defending champion Chris Froome on the incredible atmosphere generated by the crowds on day one, which numbered 230,000 in Leeds and 10,000 on Buttertubs Pass: "It's unreal, absolutely unreal. As defending Tour champion it doesn't get much better than this. The crowds out there were just incredible."
Cannondale's Italian rider Elia Viviani echoed these thoughts, saying: "For me it was the same atmosphere as the Olympic Games in London in 2012. We experienced the same feelings again with so many people cheering for us."
Thought I would dig out the map again for a quick visual reference
Stage Two is 201km (124.9 miles), from York to Sheffield, via Knaresbrough, Addingham, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Cragg Vale, Ripponden, Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Holme Moss, the Peak District National Park, Langsett and High Bradfield.
Here is a more detailed road by road guide:
The riders take a left onto the B6160 at the roundabout at Bolton Bridge, a gently undulating route by the Wharfe to Addingham. The road (A6034) climbs out of Addingham, towards the Old Tower, and Silsden reservoir, both on the right hand side; then it descends into Silsden.
After going along the main street in Silsden, the riders take the A629 dual carriageway south east alongside the river Aire to Keighley. The day's intermediate sprint is in Keighley, with points available in the Green Jersey competition.
From Keighley, it's a short pedal along the river Worth, and by the Keighley and Worth Valley railway, to Haworth (Remember, Keighley and Haworth both have spectator hubs)
The road climbs steeply up through Haworth, then leaves the village heading towards Stanbury, before turning left past Lower Laithe reservoir. There's then a descent into Oxenhope. From Oxenhope, the A6033 climbs around 220m in a south westerly direction to Cock Hill (altitude 432m), part of Oxenhope Moor. The climb is called 'Cote d' Oxenhope Moor'and is Category 3.
The riders then descend into Hebden Bridge before heading on to Huddersfield.
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Vive Yorkshire! Le Tour passes through the streets of Ilkley yesterday on a day of fun and frivolity, colour and camaraderie, not to mention drama at the finish as Mark Cavendish crashed out just a few hundred metres from the line. It was a spectacular Grand Depart but fear not, it all begins again today, so saddle up for another fabulous day as Yorkshire continues to do Britain proud.