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Vive le Tour: A 2015 Tour de France gallery

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Chris Froome gives the thumbs up to the crowd

Chris Froome gives the thumbs up to the crowd
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Simon Geschke celebrates his first Tour de France stage win in Pra Loup

Simon Geschke celebrates his first Tour de France stage win in Pra Loup
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Tejay van Garderen was third overall when he cracked on stage 17 and abandoned

Tejay van Garderen was third overall when he cracked on stage 17 and abandoned
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Vincenzo Nibali clawed back some time on stage 16

Vincenzo Nibali clawed back some time on stage 16
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Ruben Plaza wins stage 16

Ruben Plaza wins stage 16
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Andre Greipel notched up another win in Valence on stage 15

Andre Greipel notched up another win in Valence on stage 15
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Stephen Cummings gives MTN-Qhubeka the stage win in Mende on Mandela day

Stephen Cummings gives MTN-Qhubeka the stage win in Mende on Mandela day
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Chris Froome puts more time into his competitors in Mende

Chris Froome puts more time into his competitors in Mende
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Greg van Avermaet relegates Peter Sagan to another second place

Greg van Avermaet relegates Peter Sagan to another second place
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Romain Bardet can't believe he won stage 18 to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

Romain Bardet can't believe he won stage 18 to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
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The many turns of the Lacets de Montvernier

The many turns of the Lacets de Montvernier
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Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde go on the attack

Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde go on the attack
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The final podium of the 2015 Tour de France

The final podium of the 2015 Tour de France
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Andre Greipel made it four stage wins

Andre Greipel made it four stage wins
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Chris Froome with his Sky team in Paris

Chris Froome with his Sky team in Paris
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The chaos on Alpe d'Huez

The chaos on Alpe d'Huez
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Nairo Quintana held onto second overall

Nairo Quintana held onto second overall
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Thibaut Pinot made up for a bad start to the Tour by winning stage 20 on Alpe d'Huez

Thibaut Pinot made up for a bad start to the Tour by winning stage 20 on Alpe d'Huez
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Vincezo Nibali scored a morale-boosting win on stage 19

Vincezo Nibali scored a morale-boosting win on stage 19
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Chris Froome had a near crash on stage 19, but recovered.

Chris Froome had a near crash on stage 19, but recovered.
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Jean-Christophe Peraud had a nasty crash on stage 13

Jean-Christophe Peraud had a nasty crash on stage 13
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Joaquim Rodriguez was pretty happy on the podium

Joaquim Rodriguez was pretty happy on the podium
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Tony Martin donned the maillot jaune after winning the cobbled stage 4

Tony Martin donned the maillot jaune after winning the cobbled stage 4
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin solos to victory on stage 4

Tony Martin solos to victory on stage 4
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The organisers stopped stage 3 of the Tour de France after a series of crashes

The organisers stopped stage 3 of the Tour de France after a series of crashes
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Riders try to figure out why the race was stopped - it was because a massive crash left them without medical support

Riders try to figure out why the race was stopped - it was because a massive crash left them without medical support
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Joaquim Rodriguez shows he still has it on the Mur de Huy

Joaquim Rodriguez shows he still has it on the Mur de Huy
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Andre Greipel denied Peter Sagan on stage 2

Andre Greipel denied Peter Sagan on stage 2
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The echelons were critical on stage 2

The echelons were critical on stage 2
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Rohan Dennis donned the first maillot jaune

Rohan Dennis donned the first maillot jaune
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Vincenzo Nibali couldn't make a difference on the cobbles

Vincenzo Nibali couldn't make a difference on the cobbles
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Thibaut Pinot picks himself up after a crash on stage 5

Thibaut Pinot picks himself up after a crash on stage 5
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Tony Martin crashed in sight of the finish on stage 6 and abandoned with a collarbone break

Tony Martin crashed in sight of the finish on stage 6 and abandoned with a collarbone break
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Joaquim Rodriguez claimed a second victory on stage 12

Joaquim Rodriguez claimed a second victory on stage 12
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Chris Froome put the hammer down on the first mountain stage

Chris Froome put the hammer down on the first mountain stage
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BMC celebrates its win in the TTT

BMC celebrates its win in the TTT
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The Eritrean fans were out in force to support MTN-Qhubeka

The Eritrean fans were out in force to support MTN-Qhubeka
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Alexis Vuillermoz wins on the Mur de Bretagne

Alexis Vuillermoz wins on the Mur de Bretagne
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Mark Cavendish got his only win on stage 7

Mark Cavendish got his only win on stage 7
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Daniel Teklehaimanot gave MTN-Qhubeka its first success with the polka dot jersey

Daniel Teklehaimanot gave MTN-Qhubeka its first success with the polka dot jersey
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Zdenek Stybar wins stage 6 unaware of Martin's crash

Zdenek Stybar wins stage 6 unaware of Martin's crash
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Riders arrived by boat for the presentation in Utrecht

Riders arrived by boat for the presentation in Utrecht
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Claudio Chiappucci might believe that the peloton is filled with dull, character-less machines who are only concerned with numbers and only follow wheels, but we think this year's Tour de France offered up a rich spectrum of personalities in addition to Peter Sagan, and plenty of exciting racing.

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) was the focus of much of the Tour's Utrecht Grand Depart, as the home fans hoped for their man to claim the first maillot jaune, but instead it was Australian Rohan Dennis in the lead after a blazing fast opening time trial.

Crosswinds ripped the race to shreds on the next day, and a number of pre-race favourites lost time, including Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali. André Greipel launched what would be a string of four stage victories, and Fabian Cancellara claimed the race lead. But the next stage to the Mur de Huy saw a massive pile-up that left Cancellara with fractures in his back.

The race organisation made the unprecedented decision to halt the racing because all of the medical staff were occupied with crash victims. In the end, the confusion cleared, and Joaquim Rodriguez won the stage over Chris Froome. Cancellara struggled to the finish well behind the race, and Froome took over the race lead.

The drama continued the next day on the cobbles, with Tony Martin overcoming his one second deficit with a solo stage win and finally pulling on the yellow sweater after three stages of being in second place overall. But his luck ran out on stage 6 when a touch of wheels amongst the main GC favourites caused Martin to crash in sight of the finish. His teammate Zdenek Stybar won the stage with no idea that behind, the race leader was being pushed to the finish by the team, his collarbone broken.

Mark Cavendish made up for the bad luck by winning another stage for the team the following day, while Froome assumed the race lead and would not relinquish it until Paris.

Froome put the nail in the coffin of the GC fight on the first big mountain stage, but even though the overall race win grew more and more out of the reach of anyone else in the remaining stages, there were a number of emotional, notable stage winners.

Greg van Avermaet (BMC) overcame his history of second places and topped Peter Sagan for the stage in Rodez. Stephen Cummings gave MTN-Qhubeka a huge victory in Mende on Nelson Mandela day, denying Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot a chance, but both would have their day in the final week.

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) finally came good in the last stages, and even though he was eight minutes down on GC, the stage win in La Toussuire - Les Sybelles was done with true panache.

Relive all of the stages with this gallery of images from the 2015 Tour de France.