Sunday, 6 July 2014

Above: Sunday, July 6, 1256 hours, the Tour de France flies through Silsden. Here the seven leading riders negotiate the bend at Bolton Road End during the 201 km Stage Two from York to Sheffield.
Above: Yorkshire's was acclaimed as the best Grand Depart in the 111-year history of the Tour de France. Millions turned out and the reception in Silsden was as thronged and clamorous as everywhere else.  
Above: the peloton powers through with the German Marcel Kittel in the yellow jersey after winning the 190.5 km Stage One from Leeds to Harrogate, via the Yorkshire Dales, on July 5 .
Above: the route through Silsden from Cringles to the River Aire roundabout was packed with cheering spectators. Here, the break-out group reaches the top of Cringles ready for the downhill dash into town.
Above: the Cringles crowd awaits the arrival of the peloton.
Above: the peloton crests the Cringles ascent from Addingham with Marcel Kittel in the famed yellow jersey.  (Cringles photographs by Beth Liddle.)
Above: Bolton Road End.
Above: Bolton Road.
Above: Sherlock Holmes on the case.
Above: service a le Francais at Cafe Cake in Briggate.
Above: open all hours in Briggate.
Above: balloons filled with rice made good shakers.
Above: Kirkgate eagerly and patiently anticipates the riders.
 Above: Kirkgate at the junction with Howden Road, which was closed to traffic.
Above: the scene on the canal bridge.
Above: Keighley Road from the canal bridge.
Above: daring vantage points on the canal bridge.
Above: the sun shines on Kirkgate.
Above: visitors from Horton-in-Ribblesdale with an attractive decoration.
Above: you never know who you might bump into in Silsden.
Above: an uninterrupted view.