Tour de France Rest Day Gallery: A look back at the first 10 stages

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With 10 stages of racing in the books and the peloton on a rest day, it’s time to take a look back at the highs and lows of the first half of the Tour through the lens of the venerable Graham Watson.

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Marcel Kittel

Stage 1 winner dons the race’s first yellow jersey with a little help from Princess Kate Middleton. Photo by Graham Watson


Stage 1 UK Throngs

The crowds for Stage 1′s Leeds to Harrogate route were enormous. With their surge in the results over the past few years, Britain seems to have more cycling fans than ever. Photo by Graham Watson


Stage 1 Cav Chalk Outline

UK sprinter Mark Cavendish hit the deck hard, dislocating a collarbone, which knocked him out of the race. He later admitted the crash was his fault. Photo by Graham Watson


Vincenzo Nibali

In a harbinger of things to come, Italian Vincenzo Nibali won stage 2 and took the yellow jersey. Photo by Graham Watson


Stage 3 Cambridge

Huge, sometimes boisterous crowds have been the hallmark of the 2014 Tour’s foray into the UK. Here the peloton gets under way in Cambridge for Stage 3. Photo by Graham Watson


Bike Crazy

The UK is certifiably bike crazy. Photo by Graham Watson


Stage 3 Kittel Wins

Marcel Kittel of Giant-Shimano made it 2-for-3 in the UK with a clear win in the stage 3 sprint finish in London. Photo by Graham Watson


Chris Froome

Team Sky’s Chris Froome gives a hopeful thumbs up as he leaves the team bus and heads to the hospital to get checked out after crashing hard early in stage 4. Froome would start the next day, but two more crashes during the rain slicked stage 5 ended hi Tour defense. Photo by Graham Watson


Stage 4

Never any shortage a great scenery along the Tour de France route. Photo by Graham Watson


Lars Boom

On the race’s most decisive day thus far, Dutchman Lars Boom (Belkin) took an emphatic win at the end of a treacherous stage 5 on the cobblestones of northern France. Photo by Graham Watson

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