Phenomenal crowds, crashes, cobbles, masterful climbing, exhilarating sprint finishes, daring breakways – the 2014 Tour de France has certainly lived up to its billing as one of sport’s great events.
And as the riders enjoy the second rest day of
this year’s Tour, we still have six days to come – including the Pyrenees, an individual time trial and a grandstand finale on the Champs-Elysees.
With racing due to resume in Carcassonne tomorrow (Tuesday July 22), we have rounded up the best of the action so far and packed them into the bumper, full-width gallery below.
Relive the story so far, through the lens of UCI WorldTour photographer Stefano Sirotti, ASO snapper Bruno Bade and the men behind the cameras at SWpix.com.
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Calm before the storm
Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome exchanged pleasantries as the race rolled out of Leeds, but the Tour proved to be short-lived for both (pic: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com)
Shut up legs!
Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) fights through the masses of fans who lined the roadsides in Yorkshire for stage one (pic: Alex Broadway/SWpix.com)
Mark Cavendish crosses the finish line alone on stage one, his dreams of pulling on the yellow jersey in Harrogate in tatters (pic: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com)
It meant a day in the yellow jersey for Marcel Kittel, 12 months after he wore the jersey in Corsica (pic: Alex Broadway/SWpix.com)
Mark Cavendish faces the media, announcing he would not be starting the second stage of the Tour de France (pic: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com)
Vincenzo Nibali celebrates his stage victory in Sheffield, courtesy of a daring attacking the final kilometres (pic: Sirotti)
That winning feeling
Marcel Kittel adds win number two on The Mall (pic: Sirotti)
On the pull
Lotto-Belisol worked hard to turn their luck around, pulling hard on the front of the bunch as the peloton crossed The Channel and resumed racing in France (pic: Bruno Bade/ASO)
For the fans
French favourite Thomas Voeckler gave the home crowds plenty to cheer as he instigated a day-long breakaway (pic: Bruno Bade/ASO)
Celebrate good times
But it was Kittel who took the stage victory once again (pic: Sirotti)
Wet and wild
Do not adjust your sets: the riders bore the brunt of the treacherous weather conditions in Ypres (pic: Bruno Bade/ASO)
Geraint Thomas leads Richie Porte, who also suffered a crash, on to the final section of cobbles as the two battled on in the absence of Chris Froome (pic: Bruno Bade/ASO)
Vincenzo Nibali mastered the cobbles to stretch his overall lead and prove himself as one of the most complete riders in the bunch (pic: Sirotti)
The sixth stage was the second designed as a memorial to the start of World War I, 100 years ago (pic: Bruno Bade/ASO)
Good things come to those who wait
Andre Greipel celebrates on the podium after winning his first stage of this year's race (pic: Xavier Bourgois/ASO)
Too close to call
Trentin shows his appreciation for his rival Sagan's effort on stage seven. A photo finish would be needed to separate the two men. pic: ©Sirotti
To the victor, the spoils
But Matteo Trentin was left to celebrate his second Tour de France stage victory in as many years, having also won stage 14 of the hundredth edition. pic: ©Sirotti
They think it's all over...
Blel Kadri raises his arms as the stage eight finish line draws closer. pic: ©Sirotti
Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali raced in close proximity on the final climb of stage eight, with Contador eventually clawing back a few seconds in what was proving to be a tense battle between the two. pic: ©Sirotti
Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) went clear with Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale Pro Cycling) on the descent of stage nine's first climb, the Col de la Schlucht, and eventually dropped the Italian on the category one Côte de Gueberschwir. (Pic: Gautier Demouveaux/ASO)
Martin spent some 150km off the front, including nearly 60km on his own, and crossed the line two minutes and 45 seconds ahead of the chasing group. (Pic: Gautier Demouveaux/ASO)
Vive la France!
Tony Gallopin ensured he would wear the yellow jersey on Bastille Day after Vincenzo Nibali allowed the yellow jersey to change hands. (Pic: Gautier Demouveaux/ASO)
Case for the defence
Tony Gallopin's stint in the yellow jersey - and custom-painted Ridley - lasted just one day but he ensured he put a huge effort in on the gruelling stage (pic: Sirotti)
Vincenzo Nibali is roared up the final ascent of La Planche des Belle Filles by the Bastille Day crowds, eventually soloing back into the yellow jersey (pic: Sirotti)
Tony Gallopin's audacious solo attack proved to be perfectly timed on stage 11 as he won the stage (pic: Sirotti)
Out of time
The peloton bore down on Gallopin in the final kilometre, but the Frenchman stayed clear to take victory by several lengths (pic: Sirotti)
Strike a pose
Vincenzo Nibali smiles for the cameras as he prepares for another day in the yellow jersey of race leader (pic: Sirotti)
Beard to be feared
Luca Paolini came forward as Katusha looked to set up Alexander Kristoff on stage 12 - doing so in perfect time (pic: Sirotti)
Alexander Kristoff celebrates his first career Tour de France stage victory (pic: Sirotti)
Hands in the air
Nibali's victory salute was arguably the most challenging move required of him on stage 13, such was the ease with which he vanquished his rivals. pic: ©Sirotti
Bad day at the office
Richie Porte cracked on stage 13 and had to be paced to the finish by team-mate, Mikel Nieve. The Australian now trails race leader Nibali by more than 11 minutes. pic: ©Sirotti
Keep it brief
Rafal Majka had only the strength for the most fleeting celebration, such was his effort to win stage 14. pic: ©Sirotti
Class of the field
Race leader Vincenzo Niabli removed any trace of doubt surounding the identity of the strongest rider in the race with a devastating attack as the finish to stage 14 drew near.
Alejandro Valverde lost momentum in the closing kilometres and finished the stage in tenth position, his hopes of overall victory shattered. pic: ©Sirotti
Jack Bauer shows he left everything on the road during the tantalising finale to stage 14 (pic: Sirotti)
You wait all career for a Tour de France stage win, and then two come along at once - Alexander Kristoff celebrates stage 15 success (pic: Sirotti)
But Vincenzo Nibali is showing no signs of relenting his grip on the yellow jersey as the riders prepare for racing to resume on Tueaday (pic: Sirotti)