Even if you’ve never thrown a leg over a road bike, it’s hard to ignore the massive spectacle that is the Tour de France. The opening four stages have seen the usual carnage, crashes, beautiful scenery and crazy spectators in Yorkshire. Yep, the race started in the UK, and the crowds were huge and sometimes a little too self(ie)-absorbed. And tonight, cobbles!

Here’s a selection of some of the best from the biggest and toughest sporting event in the world (requires balls, but no kicking.)

If you thought it was hard threading between trees, these guys work with a whole lot less room…

John Degenkolb & Matteo Trentin have some fun in the Gruppetto by popping wheelies for the crowd…

A preview of tonight’s cobble stage. A little Paris-Roubaix comes to the Tour! Rain is predicted too, bring on the carnage!

On-bike footage of the Stage 3 sprint in London winding up…

Cavendish takes out himself and Gerrans in the Stage 1 sprint.

Fans getting too close?

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