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Gallery 2013: Through the lens of Stefano Sirotti

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An iconic image from the Strade Bianche race in Tuscany

An iconic image from the Strade Bianche race in Tuscany
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The year always starts with a visit to the Fausto Coppi tomb on January 2

The year always starts with a visit to the Fausto Coppi tomb on January 2
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Vincenzo Nibali attacks in the snow at the Giro d'Italia

Vincenzo Nibali attacks in the snow at the Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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 Ivan Santoromita celebrates as he wins the Italian national road race title

Ivan Santoromita celebrates as he wins the Italian national road race title
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Marcel Kittel (Argo-Shimano) wins stage one of the Tour de France

Marcel Kittel (Argo-Shimano) wins stage one of the Tour de France
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A view across Mont Ventoux during the Tour de France

A view across Mont Ventoux during the Tour de France
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) celebrats after holding off the peloton with a late attack at the Tour de Pologne

Taylor Phinney (BMC) celebrats after holding off the peloton with a late attack at the Tour de Pologne
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Chris Horner attacks on the Angliru at the Vuelta a Espana

Chris Horner attacks on the Angliru at the Vuelta a Espana
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The emotions of the podium after the women's TTT race

The emotions of the podium after the women's TTT race
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Vincenzo Nibali goes on the attack despite crashing in the finale of the world championships

Vincenzo Nibali goes on the attack despite crashing in the finale of the world championships
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Domenico Pozzovivo crashed after the finish of Il Lombardia

Domenico Pozzovivo crashed after the finish of Il Lombardia
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The snow made for some spectacular but cold racing in 2013

The snow made for some spectacular but cold racing in 2013
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The moment Bradley Wiggins lost any chance of winning the Giro d'Italia

The moment Bradley Wiggins lost any chance of winning the Giro d'Italia
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The Lotto Belisol lead out train in action at the Tour Down Under Classic

The Lotto Belisol lead out train in action at the Tour Down Under Classic
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The peloton in the early season Etoile des Besseges race in the south of France

The peloton in the early season Etoile des Besseges race in the south of France
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Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) thinks he has won the Roma Maxima race but was actually sprinting for second place

Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) thinks he has won the Roma Maxima race but was actually sprinting for second place
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) wins the key mountain stage at Tirreno-Adriatico but lost the overall race to Nibali

Chris Froome (Team Sky) wins the key mountain stage at Tirreno-Adriatico but lost the overall race to Nibali
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Moreno Moser leads the Cannondale team at the Settimana Coppi e Bartali race in March

Moreno Moser leads the Cannondale team at the Settimana Coppi e Bartali race in March
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The legendary Forest of Arenberg during this year's Paris-Roubaix

The legendary Forest of Arenberg during this year's Paris-Roubaix
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Taylor Phinney made pizza in Naples before the start of the Giro d'Italia

Taylor Phinney made pizza in Naples before the start of the Giro d'Italia
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Enrico Battaglin wins in the rain at the Giro d'Italia

Enrico Battaglin wins in the rain at the Giro d'Italia
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Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) wins the Coppa Sabatini with a perfectly-timed sprint

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) wins the Coppa Sabatini with a perfectly-timed sprint
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Jan Bakelants in his last trip with the maillot jaune

Jan Bakelants in his last trip with the maillot jaune
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Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) on his way to the Amstel Gold Race win

Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) on his way to the Amstel Gold Race win
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He's behind you: Dan Martin checks to see if the group are in pursuit

He's behind you: Dan Martin checks to see if the group are in pursuit
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Gilbert looked strong on the Mur de Huy but began to fade as Moreno came blasting past the world champion

Gilbert looked strong on the Mur de Huy but began to fade as Moreno came blasting past the world champion
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Gerald Ciolek (MTN - Qhubeka) sprints to victory in Milan-San Remo

Gerald Ciolek (MTN - Qhubeka) sprints to victory in Milan-San Remo
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The peloton take on the harsh Milan-San Remo conditions

The peloton take on the harsh Milan-San Remo conditions
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Norwegian champion Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) won stage 3 at the Critérium du Dauphiné

Norwegian champion Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) won stage 3 at the Critérium du Dauphiné
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Chris Froome and Richie Porte in pursuit of Alessandro De Marchi.

Chris Froome and Richie Porte in pursuit of Alessandro De Marchi.
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Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Sharp) wasn't the only one reduced to walking up the Sant'Elpidio a Mare

Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Sharp) wasn't the only one reduced to walking up the Sant'Elpidio a Mare
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack) couldn't stand up after crossing the line

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack) couldn't stand up after crossing the line
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The 2013 Tour of Flanders podium (l-r): Peter Sagan, Fabian Cancellara, Jurgen Roelandts

The 2013 Tour of Flanders podium (l-r): Peter Sagan, Fabian Cancellara, Jurgen Roelandts
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Vincenzo Nibali signs autographs at the start of stage 3

Vincenzo Nibali signs autographs at the start of stage 3
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Uran narrowly loses to Barguil

Uran narrowly loses to Barguil
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC) won for the first time this season at the conclusion of stage 12 in the Vuelta

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) won for the first time this season at the conclusion of stage 12 in the Vuelta
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The peloton were breathing down his neck for miles, but Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) was only caught 100 metres from the finish line.

The peloton were breathing down his neck for miles, but Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) was only caught 100 metres from the finish line.
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Gerrans and Sagan throw their bikes to the line in Calvi

Gerrans and Sagan throw their bikes to the line in Calvi
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Chris Froome (Sky) defends his yellow jersey

Chris Froome (Sky) defends his yellow jersey
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the third road world chamionship of her career. Since her first road Worlds in 2006 she's never finished lower than second place.

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the third road world chamionship of her career. Since her first road Worlds in 2006 she's never finished lower than second place.
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain) earned the silver medal but surely wonders what might have been after losing a close sprint to Rui Costa for the world championship

Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain) earned the silver medal but surely wonders what might have been after losing a close sprint to Rui Costa for the world championship
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Team Sky were one of the contenders for the Worlds

Team Sky were one of the contenders for the Worlds
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Continuing our series of retrospective galleries by our photographers, Stefano Sirotti shares some of his best images and special moments from the 2013 season.

Sirotti has taken over the role his father held for three decades, covering professional road racing from the back of a motorbike and the roadside from the Tour Down Under in January until Il Lombardia in October.

Sirotti covers the major international races but also the smaller Italian races that are not often seen or followed in detail even by Cyclingnews.

During the 2013 season he photographed Vincenzo Nibali's victories at Tirreno-Adriatico and in the snow at the Giro d'Italia, he captured the moment Bradley Wiggins' Giro d'Italia ended in the rain and the emotions as Taylor Phinney held of the peloton to win a stage at the Tour de Pologne.

Sirotti followed every moment of the Tour de France and the Vuelta. He then returned home to Italy for the world championships in Tuscany.

Click here to enjoy his collection of Italian flavoured images.