North-East photographer's 'shot in a million' of Tour de France crash attracts worldwide acclaim

Chris Auld's picture of Sunday's Tour de France crash.
Chris Auld's picture of Sunday's Tour de France crash.
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Photographers can spend a lifetime waiting for the perfect shot which never comes.

For Chris Auld, however, international fame arrived on just the second day of covering his first Tour de France cycling race earlier this week.

This year marks half a century since East Durham's own Tommy Simpson tragically died towards the end of one of the race's most gruelling stages. Read all about his life's journey from a pit village to the baking slopes of a formidable French mountain here.