When the Tour de France comes to town, everything stops for the race. Along with the race itself, the Tour consists of a huge mobile carnival, a cavalcade of colour and sound.
Cycling Weekly photographer Andy Jones captured a series of photographs during the 2012 Tour’s opening week to give a flavour of the Tour away from the racing.
You can see more of Andy’s photographs from the Tour and other events in our gallery section.
Gendarmes’ escort motorbikes are just part of the mobile police service that follows the Tour
Arrest that man. George Bush makes an unlikely King of the Mountains
Brit Steve Cummings gets the band back together
Capturing the moment
Vittel man contests the sprint
No wonder he’s out of breath – riding the Tour on a BMX
Fans watch the action on the big screen before the race arrives
British designer and bike fan Jeff Banks came along to watch the Tour
Photographers wait on the finish line to get their shot
Bic vehicle in the Tour caravan
Peter Sagan’s growing legion of fans
Tejay Van Garderen accepts the white jersey of best young rider on stage five
Mark Cavendish rolls past a group of British fans
The road ahead
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