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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Grandest of Grand Départs!

     When The Tour Came to Yorkshire...
“The Grandest ever Grand Départ” Christian Prudhomme, (Director of the Tour de France)
The Tour de France in numbers
(most figures supplied by Welcome to Yorkshire)
3 Stages of the Tour de France in the UK

3.5million spectators lining the route of the 3 Stages

Nearly 2m fans watching live on ITV on both Saturday and Sunday

Over 25 hours of live TV coverage

A million spectators at the spectator hubs, starts and Fan Parks to watch across all three stages - 25,000 of whom were in the Ilkley hub out of an estimated 45,000 visitors to the town!

100 kilometres of barriers and fencing

Over 70 kilometres of event bunting

Busiest day in the history of Leeds Train Station with 243,000 passengersNearly 10,000 Tour Maker volunteers en route - the first ever to accompany a Tour de France

Accompanied by the first ever cultural festival of its kind, the Yorkshire Festival attracting over 750,000 people to 1,400 performances

37 police forward escort riders giving high fives!

Close to 100 different agencies working on delivering the event

Over 3million pageviews on letouryorkshire.com over race weekend

Over half a million people hashtagging in the build up to the Tour de France

Yellow bikes everywhere!

One amazing experience no-one will ever forget!

When The Tour Came to Yorkshire!

(Watch the film! 3 mins)