The Tour de France comes to town: Photo special

Fans watch the big screen, Tour de France 2012

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.

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