The mass return of Tour de France fans coincided with chaos and disasters, while world champion Julian Alafilipe avoided most of the carnage to win the opening phase with a strike attack on Saturday.
The Frenchman was involved in the first build-up caused by a fan who removed much of the peloton, but he remained on his bike.
The largest cycling event in the world, returning after the COVID-19 pandemic for the first time, was very exciting.
Throughout the day, enthusiastic fans took to the streets of picturesque villages and thousands lined up on the green roads of the Brittany countryside. But some were also careless.
The first major spill was caused by a fan waving a cardboard sign and leaning in the way of veteran rider Tony Martin, who fell off his bike and knocked many others into his raincoat. The tour warned fans to “respect the safety of competitors” and “Don’t risk everything for a photo or a TV broadcast!”
Dozens of competitors took part in the second round – including four-time tour champion Chris Froome – riding at full speed near the final.
“It was stressful,” said former Tour champion Geraint Thomas. “I was just concentrating on staying on my bike. I’m happy to get over it.”
The Tour de France is broadcast live in India on the Eurosports channel.