Cycle//Tour de France
by Marcus Leach
Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme has promised that the race will return to Britain after what he described as 'the grandest of grand departs' that saw over six million people turn out on the streets to watch the opening three stages of this year's race.
Following unprecedented crowds for the opening two stages in Yorkshire a further one million people took to he streets to watch the riders make their way from Cambridge to London, where Marcel Kittel won a bunch sprint on The Mall.
In the race's 111-year history it hadn't seen a Grand Depart quite like the one we saw in Yorkshire, meaning that Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity stayed true to his promise of delivering 'the greatest Grand Depart in history'.
Mr Prudhomme described Britain's send-off for the riders as "beyond our wildest expectations", and promised that the race "will be back" in the UK after over six million people turned out to watch the opening three stages.
“There is a clamour for it to return," Andrew Denton, spokesman for the Yorkshire section of the race, said. "The Tour is in the hearts of the people now and the people of Britain are in the heart of the Tour. Why not have it here again?"