Millions turn out for the Tour de Yorkshire

Even little Tommy Voeckler was gushing about it although the fact he won might have had something to do with it.

"It makes me want to come back next year," he said. "I'm really happy my name is on the winner's list." 

All the same, the unseasonably shocking weather could have resulted in a very different Tour de Yorkshire experience this time around. It didn't put off an estimated two million (how do they work these things out?) spectators crowding the streets of Yorkshire to get a bit of the action.

Amid calls for the Tour to be given a higher classification rating than 2:1,  Christian Prudhomme, race director of the Tour de France, even went so far as to call the crowds the "best public for cycling in the world. Yorkshire is fast becoming the heartland of cycling."

If Nicolas Roche had kept a bit more of an eye out he could well have been raising that victor's trophy. He was pipped to the post by Voeckler with less than 1km to go after a 5km game of cat and mouse.

Final standings: 

1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie 13:05:16

2 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky 0:00:06

3 Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:00:16

4 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEDGE 0:00:17

5 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 0:00:21

6 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky 0:00:52

7 Gianni Moscon(Ita) Team Sky 0:00:53

8 Nikias Arndt (Den) Team Giant - Alpecin 0:01:13

9 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 0:01:20

10 Dion Smith (NZl) One pro Cycling 0:01:21