THE Tour de France in Yorkshire has been hailed as a "massive success", with more than a million spectators estimated to have lined the route.

Sir Rodney Walker, Chair of TdFHUB2014 Ltd, said: “Today has been a massive success with well over one million people enjoying the sporting action along the route. Spectators have had a fantastic day they will never forget and Yorkshire has been showcased to a massive global audience.

“It has taken a huge amount of planning and teamwork, so thank you to all of our partners, and especially our stewards and the Tour Maker volunteers for all of their hard work.

“Today has set the tone for the next two days, and we look forward to seeing more huge crowds lining the route to watch the world’s best cyclists in action."

Key facts:

- the initial estimate is that over one million spectators lined the route

- there were 230,000 in Leeds centre

- over 10,000 on Buttertubs in North Yorkshire