The Tour de France previously visited Britain in 1974, in 1994 and 2007 but only for one day each time. This year, the Grand Depart lasted three days and has been hailed a huge success. With an official estimate of 3.5 million fans on the roadside, it was far more impressive than the normal starts in France.
Yorkshire made its bid alongside Edinburgh which lost out this time. The hope is that their bid for 2018 is successful. There are also plans laid for a three day Tour of Yorkshire to be put on the calendar with top teams being invited to compete.
For the teams, it is as much about the exposure of the sponsors names as it is the prestige of the event. On that basis, Yorkshire stands a good chance.
Let us hope that the technical problems in the Eurostar tunnel did not delay the teams getting to the beach at Le Touquet for today’s stage.