Chris Froome and Sky team-mates Richie Porte, Mikel Nieve and David Lopez ride the route of stage one of the 2014 Tour de France. Photos by Andy Jones

Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome joined key Sky team-mates Richie Porte, David Lopez and Mikel Nieve on Friday afternoon to ride the route of the opening stage of the 2014 Tour in Yorkshire.

The four riders were on their new Pinarello Dogma F8 team bikes, launched earlier this week.

Descending-off-Buttertubs-2Froome leads the descent off Buttertubs

Froome-&-Co-Buttertubs-2Sharing a joke and looking relaxed over Buttertubs

Froome-&-Co-Buttertubs-4Froome and Lopez head the group up Buttertubs. Hawes in the background

Froome-&-Co-Buttertubs-5Buttertubs with the road winding back towards Hawes

Froome-&-Co-ButtertubsButtertubs Pass

Froome-descent-ButtertubsFroome descending Buttertubs

Froome-GrintonFroome climbs “Cote de Grinton” the final classified climb on the way to Harrogate. On the new Pinarello Dogma F8Portie-Lopez-Garcia-GrintonChris Froome, Richie Portie, Mikel Nieve and David Lopez on Grinton climb

Grinton-Climb-with-Reeth-in-distanceGrinton climb with Reeth in the distance

Grinton-climbFroome and Co. in the scenery of the Dales

  • Rexy

    Some nice shots. Good work. How many local riders tried to keep up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rupert.rivett.18 Rupert Rivett

    Just think in a few weeks time that countryside is going to be swamped with cycling fans :-)