The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry see off Tour de France cyclists in Leeds, England. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)
The 101st Tour de France rolled out of Leeds, England on Saturday (July 5) for the start of the first stage of the grueling competition, with hundreds of thousands of fans lining the route across the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate.
Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge and her brother-in-law Prince Harry performed the ceremonial launch, cutting the ribbon for the 21-stage, 1,865-miles (3,664-km) race that will take place over three days in Britain before working its way down eastern France to the Alps.
An immediate break saw two Frenchmen, Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne Seche Environnement) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) join veteran German Jens Voigt (Trek) in a three-man break that established a three-minute lead by the 35-km mark.
Huge crowds lined the roads through picturesque market towns and rolling country lanes flanked by traditional stone walls.
The main contenders for the race, Britain's Christopher Froome, Alberto Contador of Spain and Italian Vincenzo Nibali were all comfortably tucked into the pack.
Froome's fellow Briton Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is one of the favorites to win the stage and slip on the yellow jersey for the first time in his career that has brought him 25 Tour stage wins.
Sunday's second stage is a 125-miles (201-km) ride between York and Sheffield with some two million spectators expected along the route.
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