The Grand Départ in Utrecht now feels like a distant memory after an action packed – and unfortunately crash-heavy – first week in the 2015 Tour de France.
The main contenders have survived crosswinds, crashes and cobbles to reach the first rest day, but each with varying degrees of success. Both Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana find themselves well down on Chris Froome on the general classification; time losses they will be looking to overhaul when the race heads into the Pyrenees.
The yellow jersey has already changed hands five times, across four different riders. Two of the yellow jersey wearers crashed out of the race whilst leading the GC, causing some to question if there is a curse of the maillot jaune.
On-bike footage from the Tour de France
The cycling organisation Velon, which aims to ‘make cycling better’, have equipped some of their associated riders with on-bike camera throughout Tour stages.
Below are the videos they have released so far showing crashes, sprints and the TTT.
Stage three crash
Stage five – Greipel’s win
Other Tour de France videos
Tour de France fan goes all out to grab a discarded water bottle