It never rains, but it pours.
One of the stories of the 2014
Tour de France will be the inclement weather in which much of it has been contested – ironically, the stages in Continental Europe rather than in Yorkshire.
A combination of heavy weather and a technical finish made for, well, heavy weather, for some of the riders.
The man to remain upright and clear, however, was Ramunas Navaradauskas, who completed a day of attacks from his Garmin-Sharp team.
Official UCI WorldTour photographer, Stefano Sirotti, braved the rain to bring you these stunning images.
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Busy day ahead
Thibaut Pinot contemplates another autograph session after signing-on for another day in the saddle. pic: ©Sirotti
Pinot and Jean-Christophe Peraud sign autographs for a passionate home support relishing a return to the top for French riders. pic: ©Sirotti
Peter Sagan adds his autograph to a Slovakian flag. The Slovak sensation is a popular man on home soil. pic: ©Sirotti
The race leader is always the centre of attention. Vincenzo Nibali seeks a quiet moment en route to the sign-on. pic: ©Sirotti
Make my day
Nibali puts pen to paper and creates a special moment for two of the thousands of supporters who queued for a glimpse of the race leader. pic: ©Sirotti
The old-school thinking that a narrower tyre is automatically faster has been flipped on its head (Pic: Sirotti)
Money can't buy access to this exclusive gathering of Tour de France jersey holders. Thibaut Pinot, Rafal Majka, Vincenzo Nibali, and Peter Sagan share the moment. pic: ©Sirotti
Ramunas Navardauskas called upon a combination of bike handling, grit, and sheer speed to claim victory on the 19th stage of the 2014 Tour de France. pic: ©Sirotti
An elite group of sprinters hunted their breakaway quarry, but Ramunas Navardauskas escaped their attentions. pic: ©Sirotti
Navardauskas eases up with the chasing pack snapping at his wheels. pic: ©Sirotti
Gorilla in the mist
Andre Greipel limped across the finish line in teh company of other casualties of a collision in the final three kilometres. pic: ©Sirotti
(Another) hard day in the office
After crashing at the denouement of stage 19, Peter Sagan contemplates the very real prospect of a winless green jersey campaign. pic: ©Sirotti
Rose tinted spectacles
Things look rosy for Nibali after surviving the final road stage before the ceremonial run to Paris, barring disaster in the penultimate stage time trial. The Italian displayed his usual tactical astuteness to remain upright while rivals tasted the tarmac. pic: ©Sirotti
Reach for the sky
Navardauskas raises his arms in celebration after claiming his first Tour de France stage win. pic: ©Sirotti
A good day's work
Nibali allows himself a small smile of satisfaction after taking another step closer to overall victory at the 2014 Tour de France. pic: ©Sirotti