Tour de France

Grand Départ
Flag of Yorkshire

4th to 6th July 2014

Part 2 - Leeds Stage 1 & Hans's 50th Birthday Meal
 
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The plan was to travel to Leeds for the start and then head to Harrogate for the finish.

Arrival in Leeds...


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The Black Prince in resplendent yellow...

The Black Prince in Yellow

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The start line...


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Town Hall...


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Banners abounded to ensure you knew exactly where you were...


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Miche & Emma find some high ground...

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After a 90 minute wait, the start of the Caravan...

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We saw this vehicle charging along the A1 on the Sunday, but without its armchair passenger...

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Impressive Carrefour vehicle...

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Dry ice...

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Miffy / Nuntje in the four jerseys...

Yellow
White
Polka Dot
Green


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My favourite, the Festina car...



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An official car heralding the riders...


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I was too busy watching to take photos of the front riders, but Peter Sagan can be seen in the green Canondale jersey on the right...


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and in a few moments they were gone...


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Miche and her fine ceviche at Casa de Colombiana...


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A trip to the station revealed a minimum 3 hour queue to get to Harrogate and therefore a change of plan was required...


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After a wander around to find a suitable place to watch the race, Yates was a bit too grim, so Emma & Hans found a nice hotel bar and Miche & I bought a pair of deckchairs and watched on a big screen in the shopping precinct...

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The wheelchair to the right of Miche was occupied by paralympian Hannah Cockcroft...

 

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View from the street...

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Miche & Hans on the train back to York...


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Hans's 50th Birthday Meal

Miche outside St Michael le Belfrey...


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Hans, Emma & Miche outside The Blue Bicycle...

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANS!


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