Tour de France: Fans pour into Harrogate from around the world

Fans on the finish line.'Marcel Kittell won the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France in Harrogate from Peter Sagan after Mark Cavendish crashed at the bottom of Parliament Street.  5 July 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Fans on the finish line.'Marcel Kittell won the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France in Harrogate from Peter Sagan after Mark Cavendish crashed at the bottom of Parliament Street. 5 July 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Cycling fans travelled from all over the world to visit Harrogate to watch the Grand Départ of the Tour De France.

Michael O’Hare travelled from Isle of Man to support Mark Cavendish.

“I have watched nearly every race he has ever been in. I have seen him on the Champs-Élysées, in the Alps, everywhere.”

The 80-year-old said he remembers Mark from when he was a child and rode in the Manx Viking Wheelers cycling club.

“He always stood out, he was a cheeky lad, he always had the ambition to win.”

He added: “Harrogate is a beautiful place, I booked this around 18 months ago and I have been looking forward to it ever since.

“They have done a really good job here today, it is as good as in France, it’s just fantastic.”

Aussie, Jeremy Hall travelled a whopping 16,906 miles from Sydney to see the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

He is visiting his father, Peter Hall, a church minster who lives in Sterling but timed the trip tp conicide with the Grand Départ.

He said: “I wanted to be here for this and for the Commonwealth Games.

“I knew I had to see in Yorkshire, I don’t know if I’ll get another chance. There is so much positivity around it, so much support from fans.”

Sina Mahjoob, also from Australia extended his UK visa for a year in order to be in the county for the Tour de France.

The cycling fan has visited France to see the race for the last two years.

He said: “I have extended my visa and stayed in London for a year just so I could be here today.

“It is the history of the race which makes it so special.”

His girlfriend Olga Cisielski from Germany said: “It has been so nice to see all of the Yorkshire countryside on the big screens.”

Although Ben Eve, only travelled 60 miles from Sheffield to Harrogate, the Tour de France superfan cancelled his holiday in order to witness the race.

“I am a big Tour de France fan and I just didn’t want to miss it. I watch it on TV every year but it doesn’t get better than this.”

The 23-year-old set off at 6am in the morning and secured his sport close to the finish line seven hours before the race reached Harrogate.