Tour de France in Huddersfield: Amazing pictures from an unforgettable day

Here's all our reports and pictures from a fantastic day - take a look and bring that smile back!

Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the Tour de France route through our area as the world's biggest race came through town.

After Saturday's magnificent showing, Huddersfield and the areas on the surrounding route did themselves proud with huge, colourful crowds roaring on the racers as they passed.

The routes filled up early on as people jostled to get the best spots and the atmosphere began to build.

By the time the Tour caravan hit town people were all smiles, chatting with their neighbours in the crowd.

Then there was the lull before the leaders and peloton raced through - it was over in a matter of seconds, but will be remembered forever by those in the crowd who saw the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Click above to see our pictures of the race and crowds in our area and see our reports from around the route below - just click on the headline to see the full report, pictures and video.

WATCH: Relive all the action with our videos from along Le Tour de France route

The cheer of the crowds, the whoosh of the peloton passing by, the horns of the support vehicles - the sounds of Le Tour de France filled Huddersfield yesterday as the cyclists sped through town.

The Grand Depart in Kirklees was certainly a sight to behold, with crowds lining the route from Ainley Top to the summit of Holme Moss for a taste of the action.

Watch our videos from along the route, plus footage from the Grand Depart in Leeds and the Huddersfield Criterium, with out video round-up.

Your pictures from the route as the cyclists sped through Huddersfield and Holmfirth

People came out in force to witness the spectacle of the Tour de France first hand on Sunday.

The excitement of Le Tour racing through Huddersfield and Holmfirth made for some cracking photo opportunities - and readers were keen to share their snaps with us.

Take a look at your pictures from along the route with our gallery.

 

Rapturous crowds gather at Blackley hill to welcome Tour de France

 

It might not be Holme Moss but cycling fans got their first taste of the King of the Mountains as the Tour de France hit the edge of Huddersfield.

The normally peaceful rural road at Blackley, close to the M62, became one big party as thousands flocked to see the world’s best cyclists tackle the vicious incline out of Elland up to Ainley Top.

Fans got in place from first light in a bid to get the  best view of riders coming up the twisting route .           

 

The riders on Chapel Hill
Tour de France 2014, Huddersfield. The riders on Chapel Hill.
 

How Huddersfield town centre lent its very vocal support to the cyclists

 

Deafening cheers greeted the Tour de France peloton as it arrived in Huddersfield town centre.

Children waved flags as the  cyclists sped by  - a pack of seven led as they hit Huddersfield’s ringroad followed by the main peloton.

Helicopters hovered above to catch the action on camera, but the only thing the spectators were interested in was lending their very vocal support to the cyclists on the streets.

Tour de France 2014, Huddersfield.
The riders on Chapel Hill.
Tour de France 2014, Huddersfield. The riders on Chapel Hill.
 

"Stunning. Exciting. Awesome. Absolutely amazing" - Lockwood's verdict on the Tour De France 2014

They ran out of superlatives as the Tour de France swept through Lockwood.

Stunning. Exciting. Awesome. Absolutely amazing.

And those comments came from many of the thousands of people who packed the pavements, walls and gardens lining every inch of the route in glorious sunshine yesterday.

It was a carnival day, a carnival atmosphere, to rival anything seen in the town before.

Le Tour de France A616 Alpine Bend near Magdale, Honley peleton
Le Tour de France A616 Alpine Bend near Magdale, Honley peleton
 

Tour de France Yorkshire: Huddersfield and Honley embrace Le Tour

Huddersfield threw open her arms to the Tour de France and embraced it with a big smacker on each cheek.

Tens of thousands of local residents turned out to celebrate the biggest annual sporting event on earth – and made it even bigger. Le Grand Depart will never be the same again - nobody has ever done it with such style and on such a scale as Yorkshire

Crowds lined the streets on Alpine Bend on the A616 at Magdale, Honley.

Andy Catchpool
Tour de France riders on the climb to the summit of Holme Moss.
 

Tour de France Yorkshire: Fans on Holme Moss - now that was 'summit' else

They came from all corners of the globe - or just to the end of their driveway - to see the iconic Holme Moss climb.

Tens of thousands packed the steep and narrow ascent and the summit itself for a once-in-a-life time show .

Yorkshire became a little piece of France  - and the Tour can never have been as brilliant, wacky and fun as this.           

 

 

Your Tour de France selfies
Your Tour de France selfies

Your Tour de France Yorkshire selfies - can you spot yourself in our gallery?

The crowds are forming along the route as people await the cyclists - and we've received lots of excited Tour de France selfies!

Are you in our gallery?

Tom Marshall-Bailey/Twitter Fans flock to St George's Square for stage two of Tour de France
Fans flock to St George's Square for stage two of Tour de France
 

Diary of the Day: What happened at St George's Square for Le Tour Yorkshire?

St George's Square was one of the go-to places for the Huddersfield leg of the Grand Depart on Sunday as Tour de France fans flocked in to watch the race unfold. 

The big screen showed all the action from the York-Sheffield journey throughout the day as people greeted the arrival of the 197 riders with a rapturous applause.

LOOK: Our Le Tour Yorkshire 2014 time lapse of St George's Square

Our reporters were out and about in Huddersfield for stage two of the Tour de France Grand Depart on Sunday, with St George's Square the main viewing area for those who chose to watch the action in the town centre.

Fans gathered around the big screen to watch the Caravane and all 197 riders take part in the York-Sheffield journey as Huddersfield celebrated hosting one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

Andy Catchpool
Tour de France riders on the climb to the summit of Holme Moss.
 

Yorkshire did it - 2.5m line the route to watch Tour de France

Yorkshire did it!

Around 2.5million spectators lined the Grand Depart route.

Estimations for Holme Moss seem to have been beaten with around 65,000 people on the roads around Holme Moss, a section Team Sky’s Chris Froome said “gave me goose-bumps”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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