Just like in 2013, Marcel Kittel won stage 1 of the Tour de France as he avoided the chaos. The dream in yellow of hot favorite Mark Cavendish ended with a nasty crash 300 metres before the finish in Harrogate. The Brit took Simon Gerrans down, making the ambitions of the Australian to ride in yellow again after stage 2 a much more complicated task. On the other hand, Peter Sagan's quest of the green jersey started on a high note with a second place.
News from the sick bay…
The Tour de France medical service said on Saturday evening that checks Mark Cavendish revealed a «right shoulder trauma» described as a «dislocation between the collarbone and the acromion».
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Tour de France 2014 - Etape 1 - Leeds / Harrogate - 05/07/2014 - Christopher Froome, Richie Porte et Mikel Nieve participent à un décrassage après l'arrivée © ASO/G.Demouveaux
A sporting view
Leeds was an important stronghold of the textile industry. After the wool that was woven there, the fabric of the Yellow Jersey will mobilise the attention of the riders. Until now, the sports fanatics would mainly be stirred by the white and blue colours of Leeds United, Premiere league champions back in 1992 thanks to the help of Monsieur Eric Cantona. Well before that, the city was the birth place of one of the pioneers of women's cycling: back in the sixties, Beryl Burton indeed claimed seven World titles (track and road).
Major city in West Yorkshire
Population : 751,500 inhabitants
Economy : very diverse, it generates more than £50 billion a year (60 billion euros) and employs 1.4 million people. Leeds is the main centre for fi nancial and business affairs in the North of England and the principal legal centre
outside of London. Its manufacturing sector is the third largest in the country. More than 60,000 students attend its three universities
Culture : Kirstall Abbey ruins (XII century), Harewood House (XVII century), Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, Northern Ballet, Opera North. Festivals: Leeds Festival (rock music), Leeds International Film Festival
Sport : Leeds Rhinos (rugby), Leeds United (football), Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Leeds is also the area with the most Olympic medallists (Nicola Adams, boxing, Elizabeth Armitstead, cycling, Alistair et Jonathan Brownlee, triathlon)
Specialities : tea cake, ginger cake Sustainable Development: improvements in cycling facilities and the creation of a 23 km cycle “superhighway” between
East Leeds and Bradford
Label : Yorkshire's 21st century Capital
Proverb : Pro Rege et Lege (For King and the Law)
A newcomer on the map of the race, Harrogate can consider itself as indirectly tied to the Tour. The town is indeed linked to Bagnères-de-Luchon, one of the most visited cities of the Pyrenees… since 1910. Like its distant associate, Harrogate owes its development to the thermal industry. It also has experience in terms of cycling as a regular stage city of the Milk Race, the forerunner of the Tour of Britain. Before becoming an impressive stage winner on the Tour de France, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov had triumphed in Harrogate during the 1986 edition.
Major town in North Yorkshire
Population : 73,000 inhabitants
Economy : A quarter of the economy comes from tourism that brings in every year half a billion pounds (600 million euros) and employs 23,000 people. It is the principal spa town in the United Kingdom. Its other main sectors are financial services, industry, public administration, education and health. Harrogate International Centre injects £150 million (180 million euros) into the local economy thanks to the conferences and exhibitions it holds; it has indirectly enabled the creation of 3,000 jobs in the hotel and restaurant industries, business and transport
Culture : Harlow Carr Gardens. Festivals: Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate International Festival, Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate History Festival
Sport : Harrogate Town FC (football), Harrogate RUFC (rugby)
Specialities : Tea from Taylors of Harrogate Sustainable Development: £1.6 million (1.9 million euros) has been dedicated to the enhancement of sustainable transport in order to improve cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
Label : spa town
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- Yes, they’ll confirm Nibali’s domination9.61%
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