Yorkshire has continued in the same emphatic vein that brought much of the county to a standstill yesterday.
Stage two of the
2014 Tour de France has taken up the baton passed by the multitude who flocked to Leeds, Harrogate, and the stage one parcours .
Thousands of people sacrificed a Sunday morning lie-in to fill the stands at York Racecourse and watch the riders sign on and roll out for a demanding 201km stage to Sheffield.
Stage one winner, Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), resplendent in yellow jersey and toting a new, yellow-tinged Giant Propel, was among the star attractions.
And a sizeable scrum formed outside the Omega Pharma-Quickstep bus to hear a certain other sprint king declare his race over.
Enjoy this gallery from the second day of the Yorkshire Grand Départ.
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Say it loud
Yorkshire hasn't hidden its light under a bushel in recent weeks and can be justifiably proud of its stewardship of cycling's greatest race.
Leeds and Harrogate were swamped yesterday, but packed grandstands at York Racecourse gave an early indication that the second stage would prove equally popular.
Thousands of spectators strained for a glimpse of the riders as they pedalled to the sign on area.
Vive Le Tour, Vive La France
The publicity caravan brought a dash of French culture to Yorkshire.
The Haribo truck enjoyed its usual popularity with fans. The sweet firm has this season taken on sponsorship of the British UCI Continental team, Haribo-Beacon.
The famed LCL motorbike awaited another day at the head of the peloton.
Carpet of legends
The carpet in the ASO's hospitality area makes for interesting reading.
Five-time Tour winner Miguel Indurain is one of the great champions recorded on the ASO's commemorative sign board
Last year's winner Chris Froome has already claimed a place on Le Tour's board of champions.
The Belkin team is fighting for its life. The title sponsor has announced its withdrawal from the sport at the end of the season. The Dutch outfit has launched a crowd funding campaign, but it has raised just €29k of the €250k needed by July 27. Follow # ridethefuture! to find out more.
Bernie Eisel left the Team Sky bus in a hurry to visit an old friend.
Eisel left his Pinarello Dogma F8 propped against the Omega Pharma-Quickstep bus to pay a visit to a recovering Mark Cavendish.
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Staff from the French Cofidis team discovered how their national media reported the Yorkshire Grand Départ. Formidable!
Movistar leader, Alejandro Valverde, found time to add his signature to a fan's autograph book.
Old head, young shoulders
Michal Kwiatkowski has already shown maturity beyond his 24 years this season by winning the Volta ao Algarve and the Strade Bianchi. The Polish time trial champion must do so again now OPQS co-leader, Mark Cavendish, has withdrawn from the race.
Enjoying the moment
Simon Yates appeared to be thoroughly enjoying his debut Tour de France, an assignment that has required him to cross borders into foreign and hostile lands. The Lancastrian seemed able to cope with the strain of a journey into Yorkshire.
Name and number
Niki Terpstra pinned on a number for another day in the saddle.
Face the press
The Paris-Roubaix winner has been a man in demand this season. Terpstra rode himself almost to a standstill in support of Mark Cavendish on stage one, but on the cobbled stage five, is expected to claim centre stage.
VIncenzo 'The Shark' Nibali wears Astana's controversial interpretation of the Italian national champion's jersey.
Picking up tips
Utrecht has the unenviable task of hosting the next Grand Départ. Its delegates will have left with the unmistakable sensation of having a hard act to follow.
A Spitfire and Lancaster performed a ceremonial flypast over York Racecourse, commemorating a previous Anglo-French alliance.