Starting in Leeds and finishing with a sprint into Harrogate, this stage took in the outstanding scenery and breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere of Yorkshire Dales. The stage was won by Marcel Kittel.
A stage of ancient and modern, stage 2 started in York and finished in Sheffield. This stage challenged the peloton with a blend of iconic climbs and countless, short, sharp climbs. It was won by Vincenzo Nibali.
Stage 3 started in Cambridge and passed through Essex and finished in London on The Mall. The stage was won by Marcel Kittel.