Stage 1: Cavendish’s crash and huge crowds
Stage one of the 101st Tour de France, from Leeds to Harrogate, is the subject of the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast, supported by Jaguar.
From the finish in Harrogate, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe analyse a dramatic finale, which saw Mark Cavendish crash and Marcel Kittel win for the second year in a row, and reflect on the incredible scenes in Yorkshire as hundreds of thousands turned out for the Grand Départ.
The podcast includes interviews with the Tour de France director, Christian Prudhomme, British Tour debutant, Simon Yates, and the man whose late attack almost snatched victory from the sprinters, Fabian Cancellara.
Prudhomme, overseeing his second Grand Départ in Great Britain after London in 2007, said he was overwhelmed by the crowds in Yorkshire: ‘It was beyond our dreams, our expectations. Huge crowds, beautiful landscapes; a passion for cycling, a passion for the Tour… Buttertubs was the Alpe d’Huez of Yorkshire.
‘There were two million people, maybe more,” Prudhomme continued. “The Tour de France is very, very popular, but it really was very special today… And very emotional. Very, very emotional.’
Also joining the podcast for his first contribution of the 2014 Tour is Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello Sport, who offers his unique take on the race, Italian cycling and pasta.
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