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Tour de France gallery: Grinding day on gravel delivers race mayhem

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The first week of the 2024 Tour de France drew to a dramatic close on Sunday evening, as the white gravel roads of the Champagne region near Troyes welcomed the 173 remaining riders to do battle for over four hours.

A strong breakaway made its way up the road to fight for the stage but not without one of the most thrilling fights and lightning-fast starts to a Grand Tour stage in recent memory. The exhilarating racing didn’t end there, with the GC favourites igniting the racing behind.

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