Chris Froome was the man in the yellow jersey at the start of the second week and being leader of the race meant dealing with the doping questions.
Week 2 kicked off with a flat stage for the sprinters.
Marcel Kittel won the stage but the headlines went to Mark Cavendish and Tom Veelers, who collided, sending Veelers crashing as they came into the last few hundred meters. Opinions were divided over who was to blame, but the incident was referred to the race jury who concluded it was not Cavendish's fault.
Lotto Belisol's Marcel Sieberg revealed his post-race recovery technique was relatively simple.
Stage 11 was the first of two individual time trials in this year's Tour, against the picturesque backdrop of Mont St Michel.
He may be the World Champion, but Tony Martin had to put in a huge effort to win the stage.
After his crash with Tom Veelers the day before, Mark Cavendish was subjected to abuse from people in the crowd and had urine thrown at him on the time trial