When the Tour de France comes to town, everything stops for the race. Along with the race itself, the Tour consists of a huge mobile carnival, a cavalcade of colour and sound.

Cycling Weekly photographer Andy Jones captured a series of photographs during the 2012 Tour’s opening week to give a flavour of the Tour away from the racing.

You can see more of Andy’s photographs from the Tour and other events in our gallery section.





Gendarmes’ escort motorbikes are just part of the mobile police service that follows the Tour





Arrest that man. George Bush makes an unlikely King of the Mountains





Brit Steve Cummings gets the band back together





Capturing the moment





Vittel man contests the sprint





No wonder he’s out of breath – riding the Tour on a BMX





Fans watch the action on the big screen before the race arrives





British designer and bike fan Jeff Banks came along to watch the Tour





Photographers wait on the finish line to get their shot





Bic vehicle in the Tour caravan





Peter Sagan’s growing legion of fans





Tejay Van Garderen accepts the white jersey of best young rider on stage five





Mark Cavendish rolls past a group of British fans





The road ahead

Tour de France 2012: Latest news



Wiggins proud of Tour time trial stage win



Wiggins lashes out after doping accusations



Evans and BMC out-gunned by Sky in the mountains



Wiggins looking to keep Tour lead until Paris



Froome on Tour stage win: I had the legs and went for it



Martin to lead Garmin in the mountains as Hesjedal withdraws



Dislocated shoulder hinders Greipel sprint



Hesjedal may be out of Tour after Garmin suffer in crash



Stage seven video preview



The Feed Zone: Tour news round-up (July 5)



Celebrating the Tour’s lead-out men



Liquigas’s yellow and green jersey aim at Tour



Brailsford: Sky on the front for Cav and Wiggins


Tour de France 2012: Teams, riders, start list



Tour 2012: Who will win?



Tour de France 2012 provisional start list



Tour de France 2012 team list

Tour de France 2012: Stage reports



Stage nine: Wiggins destroys opposition in Besancon TT



Stage eight: Pinot solos to Tour win as Wiggins fights off attacks



Stage seven: Wiggins takes yellow as Froome wins stage



Stage six: Sagan wins third Tour stage



Stage five: Greipel wins again as Cavendish fades



Stage four: Greipel wins stage after Cavendish crashes



Stage three: Sagan runs away with it in Boulogne



Stage two: Cavendish takes 21st Tour stage victory



Stage one: Sagan wins at first attempt



Prologue: Cancellara wins, Wiggins second

Tour de France 2012: Comment, analysis, blogs



Analysis: What we learned at La Planche des Belles Filles



Analysis: How much time could Wiggins gain in Tour’s time trials



CW’s Tour de France podcasts



Blog: Tour presentation – chasing dreams and autographs



Comment: Cavendish the climber

Tour de France 2012: Photo galleries



Stage nine by Graham Watson



Stage eight by Graham Watson



Stage seven by Graham Watson



Stage six by Graham Watson



Stage five by Graham Watson



Stage four by Graham Watson



Stage three by Graham Watson



Stage two by Andy Jones



Stage two by Graham Watson



Stage one by Graham Watson



Prologue photo gallery by Andy Jones



Prologue photo gallery by Roo Rowler



Prologue photo gallery by Graham Watson



Tour de France 2012: Team presentation



Sky and Rabobank Tour de France recce

Tour de France 2012: Live text coverage



Stage six live coverage



Stage five live coverage



Stage four live coverage



Stage three live coverage



Cycling Weekly’s live text coverage schedule

Tour de France 2012: TV schedule

ITV4 live schedule

British Eurosport live schedule

Tour de France 2012: Related links



Brits in the Tours: From Robinson to Cavendish



Brief history of the Tour de France



Tour de France 2011: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index



1989: The Greatest Tour de France ever