Le Grand Depart (Stage 1)
Le Tour De France arrived in United Kingdom this weekend as Le Grand Deport saw stage’s 1 & 2 of this years tour start in the Yorkshire country side. The tour was official started by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Harewood House.
Stage one of the tour saw the riders race through Harewood, Otley, Burley-In-Wharfdale, Ilkley, Addingham, Skipton, Grassington, Kettlewell, Buckden, Reeth, Leyburn, Masham, Ripon before finishing in Harrogate.
Stage one of the race took the riders through some of the most dramatic scenes across North and West Yorkshire. The first stage also gave the riders a number of challenges with difficult climbs over Kidstones and Buttertubs Pass.
Stage one also took in some iconic Yorkshire towns and villages such as Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Buckden, Leyburn and Ripon. This gave the riders and spectators some amazing scenes as the people of Yorkshire crowded into the streets to show their support for the event.
As the race entered the final three kilometres, team Omega Pharma-Quickstep started to control the race and line up their team in order to bring Mark Cavendish to the front for the sprint to the finish.
The big talking point of the stage came 250 metres from the finish, when Mark Cavendish went in search of the victory, however he tangled with Simon Gerrans and crashed heavily out of the race. Cavendish did get back to his feet and finish the race before going to hospital for treatment on his shoulder.
Final Positions Stage 1 (Leeds – Harrogate)
1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 4hrs 44mins 07secs
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
3 Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit) Garmin-Sharp
4 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
6 Christopher Froome (Gbr) Team Sky
7 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
8 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling
9 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
10 Suialbasini Michael (Swi) Orica Greenedge