Tour de France: The Grand Depart in Pictures

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The past few days have seen a nation captivated by the Tour de France as an estimated six million people took to the streets to watch the race's opening three stages. 

Whilst the riders are now back in France, with Vincenzo Nibali in yellow and sprint sensation Marcel Kittel with two stage victories to his name, we take a look back at the Tour's visit to our shores in a series of pictures. 

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Tour Fever: Yorkshire prepares for the Grand Depart

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 Who's A Good Boy: Humans and animals alike get in the spirit of Le Tour

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All Set: Chris Froome waits for the Tour to get underway

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And They're Off: The 2014 Tour de France gets going

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Thumbs Up: Prime Minister David Cameron gives his approval

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A Royal View: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are joined by Prince Harry at the finish of stage one

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Disaster Strikes: Mark Cavendish goes down with the finish line in sight

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Winner: Marcel Kittel takes the honours on the Tour's opening stage

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Down and Out: Meanwhile Cavendish is down in serious pain

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A Brave Face: Cavendish crosses the line but later withdraws from the race

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Helping Hand: Marcel Kittel pulls on the leaders jersey with help from the Duchess of Cambridge

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Keeping Tradition: The traditional Tour caravane heads through stage two

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Picture Perfect: The riders go pass York Cathedral on the second stage

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Vantage Point: People watch from any position possible as the Tour passes through

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 Uphill Battle: Riders jostle for position on one of nine climbs in stage two

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Victory: Vincenzo Nibali strikes late on stage two to claim victory

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A New Leader: Nibali's stage victory was also enough to see him take the overall lead

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Fashionable: Designer Paul Smith shows his support in London

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Packed Out: The streets of London were awash with fans from all over the world

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High Spirits: Not even a down pour could dampen spirits as fans wait for the riders

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Big Ben: The peleton makes its way passed the Houses of Parliament

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The Final Turn: The peleton comes passed Buckingham Palace and onto The Mall

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Sprint King: Marcel Kittel reigns supreme on The Mall to claim his second victory in three days

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