• The peloton rolled out of Harewood House in the sunshine as the race got under way
  • Bernie Eisel had time to sign autographs at the start line in Leeds
  • Chris Froome was looking relaxed ahead of the opening stage
  • Mark Cavendish and Froome shook hands as they headed out of Leeds
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince Harry pose during the ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Riders streamed through Ilkley as the fans lined the road
  • Nicolas Edet, Jens Voigt and Benoit Jarrier made up the breakaway
  • Crowds packed the roadside throughout the entire stage
  • Every town and village came out to see the peloton pass by
  • Vasil Kiryienka and Richie Porte were in a relaxed mood
  • The fans were overflowing on Grinton Moor
  • Voigt dropped his fellow escapees as he went in search of KOM points
  • Both riders and fans were treated to perfect weather
  • The crowds were out in force on every climb
  • The pace increased as the riders approached Harrogate ahead of the sprint finish
  • Cavendish and Simon Gerrans crashed in the closing metres
  • Marcel Kittel managed to avoid the carnage...
  • ...and the German took the stage win ahead of Peter Sagan and Ramus Navardauskas
  • Fabian Cancellara had made a solo bid for glory inside the last kilometre, but was closed down
  • Cavendish was clearly in pain as he clutched his collarbone
  • The Manxman managed to get up and cross the line
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince Harry look on as Cavendish rolls across the line
  • Voigt claimed the polka dot jersey after his brave solo attack saw him take home four points along the route
  • The Duchess of Cambridge was on hand to present Kittel with the yellow jersey

Tour de France stage one gallery

The peloton rolled out of Harewood House in the sunshine as the race got under way