British cycling legend Brian Robinson said seeing the Tour de France in his home county has been “absolutely fabulous”.

Huddersfield-born Robinson, 83, who was the first Briton to win a stage in the Tour, in 1958, was introduced to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry just before the dramatic finish to stage one today in Harrogate.

The former Tour rider, who has been one of the poster boys of Yorkshire’s Grand Depart, said: “It’s been absolutely fabulous.

“The number of people on the course is absolutely amazing.

“It’s really justified the decision to bring it to Yorkshire and the courage of those who stuck their necks out to get it here.”

Robinson said: “I think it is going to have a great legacy too. It will hopefully mean that more kids and everyone else will be interested in cycling.”

And the pensioner, who still rides regularly from his Mirfield home, said: “It’s 61 years since I met the Queen and now I’ve met her grandchildren.

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“They were very interested in how it happened in 1958 and how things have moved on - how there’s much more of a tremendous atmosphere around it now, compared with back then.”

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