The start of the 2014 Tour de France is just a week away with teams already announcing their final nine man rosters ahead of the Leeds Grand Depart.
This year’s race is expected to be one of the most hotly contested and closest battles in recent years with a resurgent Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) looking to take on defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky). There are other GC contenders to watch out for, with Vincenzo Nibali slowly finding his form and Andrew Talansky (Garmin Sharp), Bauke Mollema (Team Belkin), Rui Costa (Lampre Merida) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) also in the hunt for a high overall placing.
It’s not just about the yellow jersey. Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep), Andre Greipel (Lotto) and Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) will lead the charge of the sprinters.
With the start in Leeds just a week away Cyclingnews dusted off its archives, and with the images of Tim de Waele, collated a race gallery of images from last year’s race.
To view the gallery, click here.