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.

The early morning news of Mark Cavendish's exclusion had threatened to spoil the party but some excellent sunny weather made for a carnival atmosphere as hoards of people arrived to watch the spectacle.

There were various food and drink stalls for everyone to enjoy and the second leg of Le Tour Yorkshire certainly lived up to its billing, with the Caravane and riders wowing the roadside fans.

           

Diary of the day:

10am - Crowds begin to arrive at the viewing area.

10.30am - People congregate in front of the big screen to watch the build-up to the race.

11am - Fans sample some of the food and drink at the various stalls as they prepare for the race.

11.30am - TV coverage shows the riders getting underway in York.

12pm - The square watches on patiently as they await the arrival of the Caravane.

12.30pm - Caravane passes through Huddersfield as 180 floats and vehicles distribute various promotional items to fans on the roadside.

1pm - Lunch break: fans flock to the food stalls and ice cream vans to get refreshments before the arrival of the riders.

1.30pm - Atmosphere increases around the viewing area as more people arrive for a slice of the action.

2pm - Cheers around the viewing area as the riders close in on the town centre.

2.30pm - Crowd fills up considerably in anticipation of the town centre arrival, with queues for the train station also beginning to build up.

3pm - The riders come - and soon go - as the excitement levels around St George's Square rise.

Tour de France fans observe the action on the big screen in St George's Square

Coverage of the race continued into the afternoon, with Vincenzo Nibali crossing the line to win the yellow jersey at around 4.30pm but the town centre viewing point was still set to take in more activities.

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