From Yorkshire to Paris, Le Tour is over

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:19am Monday 28th July 2014

VINCENZO NIBALI will chase the world champion’s rainbow jersey after completing a hat-trick of Grand Tour victories by winning the 101st Tour de France in Paris.

Injured Froome offers tactical insight to Sky team-mates

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:56am Wednesday 16th July 2014

CHRIS FROOME is sending Richie Porte tactical titbits as the 2013 Tour de France champion bids to help his Team Sky colleague and close friend succeed him in the yellow jersey in Paris.

Yorkshire tourism chief "should be knighted" for Grand Depart efforts

Darlington and Stockton Times: Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome To Yorkshire, is among a dozen quality speakers at the Active Bradford Partnership's quarterly seminar

12:30pm Thursday 10th July 2014

THE Yorkshire tourism chief who helped bring the Tour de France to "God's Own County" should be knighted, an MP has said.

Froome out of Tour De France after three falls in two days

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:24pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

DEFENDING champion Chris Froome has abandoned the 2014 Tour de France after a third crash in two days.

Yorkshire's Grand Depart: Half giant street party - half celebration of growing strength of cycling

Darlington and Stockton Times: HUGE SUPPORT: Thousands of spectators lined the streets of Reeth as the peloton passed through on the opening stage of the Tour de France

7:02am Monday 7th July 2014

BY 9am, it was clear this wasn’t going to be a day like any other. In Leeds, thousands of spectators were thronging the Headrow, straining to catch a glimpse of the team trucks spilling out the bikes and their riders that would contest Yorkshire’s Grand Depart.

Tour de France: Cavendish crash ruins an otherwise perfect script

Darlington and Stockton Times: CRASHED OUT: Mark Cavendish lies stricken on the floor after crashing close to the finish of the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate

7:02am Monday 7th July 2014

FOR more than four-and-a-half hours, things couldn’t have been going any better. Yorkshire was bathed in glorious sunshine, more than a million spectators were transforming the opening stage of the Tour de France into an open-air carnival, and the longed-for massed sprint was unfolding on Harrogate’s Stray.

Live TdF Day 2 - 194 PICS - Live updates - 11 videos

Darlington and Stockton Times: TdF Day 2 - Live updates and pics

7:05am Sunday 6th July 2014

How York's fabulous and historic Tour de France day unfolded.......

Enterprising farmers use tractor-power to get view as peloton speeds through Grinton Moor

Darlington and Stockton Times: BEST VIEW: A group of farmers get a prime viewpoint as anticipation builds ahead of the Grand Depart on Grinton Moor

2:45pm Sunday 6th July 2014

ON Grinton Moor, police estimated that more than 25,000 spectators gathered for a spectacular view as the peloton sped through Reeth before beginning the climb up the bank.

Party atmosphere in city despite peloton passing in a flash

Darlington and Stockton Times: RELAXED ATMOSPHERE: A police officer poses for a photograph with fans beside Ripon bypass

2:36pm Sunday 6th July 2014

CELEBRATIONS continued throughout the day in Ripon as throngs of spectators descended on the city for a glimpse of Tour de France.

Reeth welcomes Tour de France and gets into party spirit

Darlington and Stockton Times: EARLY BIRDS: Early lunchtime in Reeth before the main crowds arrived

2:30pm Sunday 6th July 2014

DESPITE weeks of warnings about road closures, nose-to-tail traffic and long delays for anyone attempting to get into Swaledale from Richmond, getting to Reeth on Saturday proved to be relaxed and easy.

Carnival atmosphere greets Tour de France cyclists in York

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Tour de France peloton passing along Goodramgate in York on Sunday. Picture: Beth Flanagan

2:11pm Sunday 6th July 2014

THEY started gathering in the early dawn, slowly filling the best vantage points in their determination not to miss a minute of the spectacular cavalcade the Tour de France has become.

Cavendish ruled out of Tour

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:19am Sunday 6th July 2014

MARK Cavendish is out of the Tour de France with a shoulder injury sustained in a crash on Saturday's opening stage to Harrogate.

Live Tour de France in Yorkshire

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tour de France in Yorkshire

9:30am Friday 4th July 2014

Keep up to date with all the news and best photos and videos with live coverage from now until Sunday of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Cavendish crashes in dramatic finish to stage one of Tour de France

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:58pm Saturday 5th July 2014

MARK Cavendish's bid for the yellow jersey ended in a heap as the Manxman tumbled to the tarmac in a dramatic conclusion to the opening stage of the 101st Tour de France in Harrogate.

Tour de France: Cavendish putting success before sentimentality as he makes Harrogate return

Darlington and Stockton Times: MORE GLORY: Mark Cavendish will be targeting his 26th Tour de France stage win when the opening stage of this year's race takes him from Leeds to Harrogate this afternoon

7:02am Saturday 5th July 2014

THERE is nothing particularly new about Mark Cavendish spending some of the summer in Harrogate.

It's the Tour - but not as we know it

6:35am Saturday 5th July 2014

TWO gnarled old Yorkshireman are sitting on a dry stone wall in Healaugh. They've got green beer bottles in their hands. Behind them on their honey-coloured stone house flutter flags and little cyclists' jerseys, and a sprayed yellow bike hangs over their heads.

It's the Tour - but not as we know it

6:33am Saturday 5th July 2014

TWO gnarled old Yorkshireman are sitting on a dry stone wall in Healaugh. They've got green beer bottles in their hands. Behind them on their honey-coloured stone house flutter flags and little cyclists' jerseys, and a sprayed yellow bike hangs over their heads.

Readers win a Tour de France flight-of-a-lifetime

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOP FLIGHT: Jo Theakston (centre) with Newsquest /Black Sheep Brewery prize winners Elizabeth and Ian Clough from Brandon. Picture: Nigel Whitfield

7:24pm Friday 4th July 2014

TWO readers enjoyed an enviable view of tomorrow’s (July 5) Tour de France route, after taking a helicopter ride over it hours before the world’s greatest cyclists take to the road.

Customers rush for baguettes and champagne

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOUR DE FRANCE FEVER: Waitrose in Harrogate

5:05pm Friday 4th July 2014

A RUSH on French baguettes by customers at Waitrose supermarket in York has resulted in the store selling out.

Excitement grows ahead of Tour de France

Darlington and Stockton Times: GETTING READY FOR THE TOUR: Preparations before the start of stage 1 of the Tour de France Grand Depart tomorrow.Cyclists and bikes at a cafe in Leyburn.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:33pm Friday 4th July 2014

THE world’s biggest annual sporting event arrives in the Yorkshire Dales tomorrow (July 5) to find the remote communities awash with colour and excitement.

Children upbeat despite vandalism to tour artwork

Darlington and Stockton Times: STILL SMILING: Richmond Church of England Primary School pupilsFrankie Stephen, Erin Stephen, Sam Brooks and Olivia Brooks with one of their works of art which was not damaged by vandals.

3:53pm Friday 4th July 2014

CHILDREN are still smiling despite vandals attacking their Tour de France artwork.

Leading sprinter out of Tour after crash

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:35pm Friday 4th July 2014

ORICA-GREENEDGE sprinter Michael Matthews will miss the Tour de France following a crash in training earlier this week, his team have confirmed.

Contador confident he can take the fight to Froome

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:30pm Friday 4th July 2014

ALBERTO Contador knows that Chris Froome is still the man to beat in the Tour de France but believes he is in better shape to do it in 2014.

Health expert hopes Tour will inspire others to cycle

1:35pm Friday 4th July 2014

HEALTH experts are hoping the Tour will inspire people to get on their bikes and go cycling.

Every letter tells the story

1:26pm Friday 4th July 2014

THE Royal Mail is gearing up for the Tour De France Grand Départ by issuing a special postmark.

Long road ahead to fix the team problem with Miller

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:55am Friday 4th July 2014

GARMIN-SHARP manager Jonathan Vaughters admitted it will take time to mend bridges with veteran British rider David Millar after the Scot was left out of the team’s Tour de France squad.

As Tour arrives in North, cyclists urged to take care on the roads

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:34am Friday 4th July 2014

CYCLISTS are being urged to take extra care on the roads this summer after it was revealed that a third of all bike accidents in the North-East occur between July and September.

Tour de France: Porte confident Team Sky are ready to support Froome

Darlington and Stockton Times: Team Sky's Chris Froome (front right) rides alongside Richie Porte as they climb the cobbled hill at Haworth - part of the route for Stage 2 of the Tour de France. John Giles/PA Wire.

7:02am Friday 4th July 2014

THEY are the team everyone wants to beat, but Richie Porte insists his fellow Team Sky riders are ready to help Chris Froome make a successful defence of his Tour de France title.

The Grandest of Grand Departs - Yorkshire-style

Darlington and Stockton Times: TEAM SKY: Chris Froome (right) leads Team Sky past during the team presentation at The Leeds Arena. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

10:03pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

EXCITEMENT over Yorkshire's staging of the Tour de France Grand Depart hit fever pitch at the opening ceremony this evening - with the 10,000-strong audience breaking into a spontaneous round of chanting the county's name.

Three cyclists taken to hospital after two accidents on Buttertubs Pass

Darlington and Stockton Times: CYCLE SMASH: The scene the accident involving two cyclists. Photo by SMRT

9:17pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A CYCLIST was catapulted over a crash barrier at the top of the famous Buttertubs Pass this afternoon (July 3) - landing just short of a 100ft drop.

Thousands gather for Tour De France's opening ceremony in Yorkshire

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:01pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THOUSANDS of people have gathered tonight for a spectacular ceremony to mark the arrival of the world's greatest bike race in the UK.

Police urge public not to ring them about road closures

4:25pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

POLICE are reminding people not to ring their control room about Tour de France road closures.

Don't miss our Tour de France coverage online this weekend

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:06pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

KEEP up to date with all the news and the best photos and videos with live coverage of stages one and two at northernecho.co.uk on Saturday and Sunday.

Tour start important event for UK

2:29pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE start of the Tour de France will be a "very important sporting moment" for the UK, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said today (Thursday, July 3).

Army of volunteers will help make Tour de France extra special

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOUR MAKER: 77 year old John Harris who is one of the voulnteers for The Tour de France in Harrogate   Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY (7836727)

2:14pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A RETIRED solicitor is one of 12,000 volunteer tour makers hoping to play their part in making the Tour de France extra special.

Phoenix House to benefit from Tour de France challenge bike ride

Darlington and Stockton Times: CYCLING FOR CHARITY: Cyclists Russell Collins and Steve Saddington preparing to complete the entire Tour de France route to raise cash for Phoenix House and a cancer charity.

1:59pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A RECOVERY centre for wounded, injured and sick veterans is set to benefit from the ambitious fundraising effort of a man who aims to cycle the entire Tour de France route.

Froome shocked former team-mate Daryl Impey tested positive for drugs

Darlington and Stockton Times:

8:47am Thursday 3rd July 2014

DEFENDING Tour de France champion Chris Froome expressed his dismay after discovering his friend and former team-mate Daryl Impey had tested positive for drugs as the cycling world descended on Yorkshire for the Grand Depart.

Million more spectators expected to turn out for Yorkshire Grand Depart

Darlington and Stockton Times: RIDERS READY: Giant-Shimano, one of the teams that has trained in the Yorkshire Dales ahead of the Tour de France

5:25pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

THE organisers of the Yorkshire Tour de France Grand Depart say the number of spectators expected to line the route of the opening stages has risen to more than four million.

Loco fans try velocipedes as Tour fever spreads

Darlington and Stockton Times: VELO RACE: John McGoldrick races with the Rocket on the museum's  velocipede ahead of the Grand Depart.

4:41pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

TWO-wheel fever has spread to some unlikely places – and now it’s even hitting the heavyweight world of the locomotive fans.

Dry stone waller creates lasting Tour de France legacy for town

Darlington and Stockton Times: OPENING STAGE: From left, Mayoress of Harrogate borough Councillor Shirley Fawcett, Masham town crier John Todd, chairman of Masham Parish Council Councillor Andrew Burrell, Mayor of Harrogate borough Councillor Jim Clark unveil the cairn with dry stone w

1:50pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A STONE cairn to mark the point the opening stage of the Tour de France will enter its final district has been unveiled.

PM: "I'll do everything to promote Tour De France in North Yorkshire other than wear Lycra"

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:36pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

DAVID Cameron has insisted he will do everything possible to promote the Tour de France when it visits England - except wear lycra.

Farmer's flock sports colourful coats for Grand Depart

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:07pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

TOUR de France cyclists won't be the only ones sporting colourful coats when the peloton passes through Killinghall, near Harrogate, this weekend.

Farmer creates bale bike to celebrate Tour de France

Darlington and Stockton Times: LE TOUR: A giant bicycle made from straw bales in a field near Constable Burton. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

4:01pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A BIKE made of bales will greet visitors travelling to the Dales to watch the Tour de France this weekend.

Mountain rescue teams ready for Tour de France emergencies

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN TRAINING: Members of Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team in training at the Buttertubs in the Yorkshire Dales. Picture: Paul Denning.

3:28pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

MOUNTAIN rescue volunteers from across the North of England will be on stand-by this weekend to come to the aid of injured spectators watching the Tour de France.

Drama and singing group to stage a parody sketch show ahead of Tour de France

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOUR DE FARCE: Members of Reeth Artyfacts group

3:25pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A REETH performance group will be celebrating the Tour de France with a comedy sketch evening tomorrow night. (Wednesday, July 2)

Air ambulance's Yorkshire eggs

1:53pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A CYCLING chicken will be helping to raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance during the Tour de France.

Breweries join forces to celebrate Tour de France

1:46pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

FINAL preparations to welcome thousands of visitors for a celebration for the Grand Depart have been taking place in Masham.

Cheesy version of the great race

Darlington and Stockton Times: JUDY BELL: "A fun element to the show."

12:05pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE Tour de France is being honoured at the country’s biggest agricultural event – in the form of a battle of the cheeses.

Tour de France: Who to watch out for this weekend

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chris Froome and Team Sky with Mark Cavendish (fourth left) descend out of Grasse during Stage Five of the 2013 Tour de France between Cagnes-sur-Mer and Marseille. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 3, 2013. See PA story CYCLING Tour.

7:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

With less than a week to go before the start of the Tour de France, excitement is building ahead of Yorkshire’s Grand Depart. With thousands of spectators expected to line the route through the Dales, Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson picks out some of the riders to look out for

David Millar missing le Tour because he is "not 100 per cent ready for race" says Garmin-Sharp sports director

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:06am Tuesday 1st July 2014

DAVID MILLAR has denied claims that he was too ill to participate in the Tour de France after being overlooked by Garmin-Sharp.






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