WATCH: Disappointment in the Fan Park

Harrogate fan park
Harrogate fan park

This is the moment when 20,000 cycling fans witnessed local favourite, Mark Cavendish crash a few hundred metres from the finish line.

Harrogate fans has hoped to see the record breaking sprinter, win the first yellow jersey of the 2014 Tour de France in his mother’s home town.

Crowds in the fan park gave the Isle of Man rider a standing ovation as he struggled and peddled across the finish line in pain.

“It was not the ending we wanted to see,” said James Lovelle, founder of the Harrogate Cappuccino Cycling Club who watched the action unfold on big screens on West Park Stray.

He said: “It would have been good if he won but it hasn’t ruined anything it has still been an amazing day, an amazing atmosphere in the fan park.”

His wife Sharon Lovelle added: It doesn’t matter, everyone still had an amazing time, it has been wonderful.”

As over 100,000 people piled into Harrogate Town Centre, hundred of people queued to get into the fan park, piling out onto the Stray and West Park.

Paul Annetts from Harrogate said: “It has been great, a full day out.

“People wanted to see Cavendish win, but things like that just happen in cycling.”

He added: “It has been amazing having all these cycling heroes in Harrogate.

“Me and my daughter, Georgia went out on our bikes yesterday and met Froome and other members of team Sky.

“They spoke to us and Team Sky’s manager Dave Brailsford took time to talk to Georgia, he said getting kids into cycling is what they were all about.”

He added: “There are not many sports where you get to meet idols and they are so down to earth.”