Stage 1: Passage du Gois
First in yellow
Philippe Gilbert celebrates taking the overall leader's yellow jersey after the first stage of the Tour de France.
Savoring the moment
Celebrating on the finish line, Philippe Gilbert wins the first stage of the 2011 Tour de France.
Huff and puff
Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain grimaces as he crosses the finish line with a delay after being involved in a crash in the pack in the last 10 kilometers of the first stage.
Fans of the Vandee region welcome the start of the Tour.
Who are they?
Two fans, dressed up as Mickey (L) and a red squirrel with a French flag, pose in a field as they wait for the riders at the Passage du Gois prior to the start of the Tour de France.
Fans cheer on the pack at the Passage du Gois at the start of the Tour.
The Passage du Gois was well traveled at the start of the race.
France's Sports Minister, Chantal Jouanno (C), is seen in the Tour de France official car at the start of the first stage.
Ready to ride
Sylvain Chavanel (C), flanked by France's Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno, waits for the start of the first stage.
The pack rides on early in the first stage of the Tour.
Attracting a crowd
Photographers gather around Andy Schleck prior to the start of the first stage.
A healthy start?
Frank Schleck (2nd from R), hindered by injury at last year's Tour, rides in the pack during the first stage.
Ready to repeat -- again
Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador rides with the pack shortly after the start of the first stage.
Belgium's champion Philippe Gilbert gets going in the Tour's first stage, which he would capture.
Vincent Jerome takes a spill, crashing when in the middle of the pack during the Tour's opening stage,
Spectators in costume cheers as the pack passes through the village of Le Champ Saint Pere during the first stage of the Tour de France.