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Tour de Yorkshire: A look back to last year's starring role for Huddersfield

A look back at last year's fantastic debut

The 2016 Tour de Yorkshire set off from Beverley today, with three days of racing through the Yorkshire countryside ahead.

It's hard to believe it's been a whole year since the first-ever Tour de Yorkshire, in which Huddersfield and Calderdale played a starring role.

Crowds line the streets of Slaithwaite to welcome the Tour

Up to 1.5 million people lined the routes through God's Own County to watch the cyclists whizz by, with cheering crowds out in force in Huddersfield.

The Yorkshire public turned out in huge numbers despite a poor forecast and the occasional shower along the way, with the route lined almost from start to finish and only a narrow path clearing for the riders on the biggest climb of the day to the Cow and Calf above Ilkley.

In pictures: Stage three of Tour de Yorkshire 2015

Last year's Tour visited Holmfirth, Marsden , Slaithwaite , Ripponden, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge and more as part of its third stage, from Wakefield to Leeds.

One of those delighted with the race was New Mill teenager Gabz Cullaigh, who enjoyed his time alongside the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Olympic track star Ed Clancy and former World Champion Samuel Sanchez.

Cullaigh said as he finished: “I’m still buzzing.

“I loved every minute of it all and it was electrifying to come through my home village and get the response I did”.

Watch local lad Gabz Cullaigh fly through his home town of New Mill

Sadly this year's routes don't include Huddersfield or Calderdale, with riders winding through the North York Moors, the Yorkshire coast and other scenic spots instead.

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A year on from the debut races, we've taken a look back at an exciting day for Huddersfield — from spectators in fancy dress to the riders whizzing through our streets and Examiner readers' snaps from our Tour de Yorkshire photobooth!

We've got some fantastic pictures and video from the day, showing how Huddersfield welcomed the Tour in style!

Fingers crossed that the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire comes back to Huddersfield so we can do it all over again.

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