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. 


Tour Fever: Yorkshire prepares for the Grand Depart

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

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

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

Thumbs Up: Prime Minister David Cameron gives his approval

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

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

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

Down and Out: Meanwhile Cavendish is down in serious pain

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

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

Keeping Tradition: The traditional Tour caravane heads through stage two

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

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

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

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

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

Fashionable: Designer Paul Smith shows his support in London

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

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

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

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

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

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