Today's Stage 13 individual time trial at the Tour de France is under way despite security concerns following last night's terrorist attack in Nice that left more than 80 people dead.
A minute's silence was held before the Sam Bennett of Bora-Argon 18 rolled off the ramp as the first rider out on today's stage, which covers 37.5km from Bourg-Saint-Andéol to La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc.
ASO reportedly considered cancelling the stage, but confirming it would go ahead, race director Christian Prudhomme said: "The stage goes ahead, the Tour will continue in dignity, we will not give in to people who want to change our way of life."
It is understood that some of the police officers working on the Tour de France have been redeployed to Nice following last night's attack, in which a lorry ploughed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day who were gathered on the Promenade des Anglais.
As a mark of respect to the victims, there will be no sound at the start or finish areas, nor was there music in the publicity caravan.
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