The Tour de France 2021: The most iconic images

It's been a beautiful and dramatic Tour de France so far. Here our a few of our favourite images from the race

Stages 1 and 2: Julian Alaphilippe and Mathieu van der Poel – a family affair

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Stage 3: Tim Merlier emerges from the chaos 

Stage 4: Mark Cavendish, comeback king

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Stage 5: the first race against the clock

Stage 6: Cavendish's form is confirmed in Châteauroux

Stage 7: the longest day

Stage 8: The Pogačar Show - act one

Image: Josse Wester

Related: Tadej Pogačar: from Slovenian village unicyclist to Tour de France champion

Stage 9: Tignes takes its toll

Images: Charly López, Pauline Ballet, Getty Images

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