Final rehearsals for Tour de France opening ceremony complete

The Team Presentation opening ceremony rehearsal at Leeds First Direct Arena. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

The Team Presentation opening ceremony rehearsal at Leeds First Direct Arena. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

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The acts ready to wow the crowds during the official Grand Depart Team Presentation opening ceremony tonight have finished final rehearsals.

Leeds band Hope and Social joined the choir and chorus of Opera North to complete their final checks yesterday, before the Tour de France is declared open by director Christian Prudhomme and Welcome to Yorkshire’s Gary Verity tonight.

Director of the Tour de France Christian Prudhomme in the Leeds City Council chambers. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Director of the Tour de France Christian Prudhomme in the Leeds City Council chambers. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

The Leeds first Direct Arena spectacular, billed as the biggest opening ceremony in Tour history, follows Prudhomme’s address to Leeds City Council’s full council at Leeds Civic Hall yesterday.

 

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