Spectators in costume cheer as the pack, or peloton, pass through the village of Le Champ Saint Pere during the first stage of the Tour de France on July 2.
One of the world's least populated countries at around 15 million, Kazakhstan is No. 8 in gold medals at the London Olympic Games.
British cycling fans turned out in full force for men's cycling road race in which Britain was a favorite. Team GB missed the podium, while Kazakhstan's Vinokourov took a surprise gold.