Tour de France bikes from the 2014 Grand Départ paddock

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Pics from the paddock in Leeds

An estimated 285,000 people packed into Leeds city centre for the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France and we were among them.

The Tour sees the world’s best cyclists go wheel-to-wheel over three weeks – and the sport’s most prestigious and grueling race requires only the best equipment. Having scoped out the team hotels in the days leading up to the race, we walked the paddock in Leeds to see what’s new ahead of the 2014 edition of the Tour.

Stayed tuned to RoadCyclingUK over the next three weeks as we take you up close and personal with the machines of some of the Tour’s leading riders, including Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing), Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale).

For now, here’s a taste of the bikes we set our eyes on in Leeds as the 2014 Tour de France got underway in Yorkshire.

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