Marcel Kittel won the 190.5-kilometre opening stage from Leeds to claim the yellow jersey on the opening day for a second successive year.
Cavendish was aiming to emulate Tom Simpson, Chris Boardman, Sean Yates, David Millar, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome by becoming the seventh Briton to wear the fabled maillot jaune.
Pro cyclist Ian Stannard swapped two wheels for jet power at the start of the Tour de France, by flying with the Red Arrows.
Mark Cavendish's Tour de France is in the balance after the dramatic crash which ended the Manxman's dreams of wearing the yellow jersey.
We've put together some of the best of our viewers' pictures of preparations for le Tour de France in Yorkshire