Etape 1

Leeds to Harrogate, 191 kilometers

Well, the 101st Tour de France is here and while Leeds is not quite Corsica, the scenery was still rather spectacular. With the Royal Family, plus his own family in attendance, Mark Cavendish was excited to pull on his first Maillot Jaune of his career. Sadly, he crashed in the final kilometer, seemingly after he initiated contacted with Simon Gerrans. He hobbled across the line, but his shoulder was heavily damaged and he did not start on Sunday.

Marcel Kittle, the fast German sprinter from Giant-Shimano avoided the wreckage and outkicked the fast Slovakian, Peter Sagan.

Talk about the highs and lows of the biggest cycling race. Agony and elation all within 500 metres of the UK tarmac.