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Gallery: 2014 through the lens of Tim De Waele

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Sonic boom: Belkin's Lars Boom goes on the attack at the Tour

Sonic boom: Belkin's Lars Boom goes on the attack at the Tour
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The Specialized Lululemon team on the podium at the Worlds in Spain

The Specialized Lululemon team on the podium at the Worlds in Spain
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Vincenzo Nibali (Team Astana) dominated the Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali (Team Astana) dominated the Tour de France
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The rain falls on stage 19 of the Tour de France

The rain falls on stage 19 of the Tour de France
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Out on his own: Vincenzo Nibali heads to the stage win at Chamrousse

Out on his own: Vincenzo Nibali heads to the stage win at Chamrousse
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Vincenzo Nibali wins at Chamrousse during the Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali wins at Chamrousse during the Tour de France
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It's all over for Alberto Contador at the Tour de France after his crash in stage 10

It's all over for Alberto Contador at the Tour de France after his crash in stage 10
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Andrew Talansky takes a heavy fall on stage seven of the Tour de France

Andrew Talansky takes a heavy fall on stage seven of the Tour de France
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Vincenzo Nibali puts time into all his rivals on the cobbles at the Tour

Vincenzo Nibali puts time into all his rivals on the cobbles at the Tour
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) after his first crash at the Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Sky) after his first crash at the Tour de France
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London calling: The Tour hits London and see Marcel Kittel come out on top

London calling: The Tour hits London and see Marcel Kittel come out on top
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Mark Cavendish on the deck after his Tour de France crash

Mark Cavendish on the deck after his Tour de France crash
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The Tour de France sets off from Harewood House in Yorkshire

The Tour de France sets off from Harewood House in Yorkshire
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) goes on the attack at the Tour de Suisse

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) goes on the attack at the Tour de Suisse
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Maarten Tjallingii (Team Belkin) takes a heavy fall at the Vuelta

Maarten Tjallingii (Team Belkin) takes a heavy fall at the Vuelta
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The peloton race through stage 4 of the Vuelta from Mairena Del Alcor to Cordoba

The peloton race through stage 4 of the Vuelta from Mairena Del Alcor to Cordoba
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Rigoberto Uran gets a helping hand from his teammates at the Vuelta

Rigoberto Uran gets a helping hand from his teammates at the Vuelta
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) came back from a fractured leg to win the Vuelta

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) came back from a fractured leg to win the Vuelta
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In October cycling bid farewell to the Tour of Beijing

In October cycling bid farewell to the Tour of Beijing
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David Millar suffers through one of his final races

David Millar suffers through one of his final races
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) strikes for home at the Worlds

Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) strikes for home at the Worlds
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Lisa Brennauer and Emma Johansson finished on the podium in the women's elite race at Worlds

Lisa Brennauer and Emma Johansson finished on the podium in the women's elite race at Worlds
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Bradley Wiggins puts Tony Martin to the sword

Bradley Wiggins puts Tony Martin to the sword
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Team Ecuador during their race against the clock at Worlds

Team Ecuador during their race against the clock at Worlds
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The team trial saw national and trade teams compete against each other

The team trial saw national and trade teams compete against each other
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Alberto Contador has dropped Chris Froome and with that seals the 2014 Vuelta

Alberto Contador has dropped Chris Froome and with that seals the 2014 Vuelta
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Alberto Contador lines out his rivals at the Vuelta a Espana

Alberto Contador lines out his rivals at the Vuelta a Espana
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Stunning scenery at the Vuelta a Espana on stage 14

Stunning scenery at the Vuelta a Espana on stage 14
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Tomy Martin (Omega Pharma QuickStep) in full time trial mode

Tomy Martin (Omega Pharma QuickStep) in full time trial mode
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He's back. After crashing out of the Tour de France Alberto Contador returned at the Vuelta

He's back. After crashing out of the Tour de France Alberto Contador returned at the Vuelta
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Tony Martin and Mark Cavendish face up to the media during a press conference

Tony Martin and Mark Cavendish face up to the media during a press conference
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Stage 2 at the Tour de Suisse

Stage 2 at the Tour de Suisse
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Fabian Cancellara leads Sep Vanmarcke on the Oude Kwaremont

Fabian Cancellara leads Sep Vanmarcke on the Oude Kwaremont
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Picture perfect at Gent - Wevelgem

Picture perfect at Gent - Wevelgem
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) goes up the road in E3 Harelbeke

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) goes up the road in E3 Harelbeke
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Tom Boonen warms up with his usual attack at Dwars door Vlaanderen

Tom Boonen warms up with his usual attack at Dwars door Vlaanderen
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Tom Boonen raises his arms at Kuurne - Brussels - Brussel

Tom Boonen raises his arms at Kuurne - Brussels - Brussel
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Dario Cataldo takes time out at the Tour of Oman

Dario Cataldo takes time out at the Tour of Oman
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) attacks at the Tour of Oman

Chris Froome (Team Sky) attacks at the Tour of Oman
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Where Chris Froome goes the media follow

Where Chris Froome goes the media follow
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Two riders hit the ground at the Tour of Qatar

Two riders hit the ground at the Tour of Qatar
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Many riders start their season at the Tour of Qatar

Many riders start their season at the Tour of Qatar
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Tony Martin starts the season at the Tour of Dubai

Tony Martin starts the season at the Tour of Dubai
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Tom Boonen cools down at the Tour de San Luis

Tom Boonen cools down at the Tour de San Luis
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Rudiger Selig (Katusha) shows off his skills

Rudiger Selig (Katusha) shows off his skills
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Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling) hits the deck at the Tour of Flanders

Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling) hits the deck at the Tour of Flanders
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Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma QuickStep) wins Paris-Roubaix

Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma QuickStep) wins Paris-Roubaix
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Marcus Burghardt almost falls, Steve Chainel does during Paris-Roubaix

Marcus Burghardt almost falls, Steve Chainel does during Paris-Roubaix
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A young fan takes inspiration from the fast moving peloton

A young fan takes inspiration from the fast moving peloton
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Pierre Rolland (Europcar) keeps his cool at the Tour de France

Pierre Rolland (Europcar) keeps his cool at the Tour de France
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Jerome Pineau (IAM Cycling) needs help after a crash at the Dauphine in June

Jerome Pineau (IAM Cycling) needs help after a crash at the Dauphine in June
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) lets his teammates pace him back after a fall at the Dauphine

Chris Froome (Team Sky) lets his teammates pace him back after a fall at the Dauphine
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A unique time trial shot from the Criterium du Dauphine

A unique time trial shot from the Criterium du Dauphine
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Nairo Quintana came out on top at a controversial Giro d'Italia

Nairo Quintana came out on top at a controversial Giro d'Italia
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Nairo Quintana leads Rigoberto Uran up the Zoncolan

Nairo Quintana leads Rigoberto Uran up the Zoncolan
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Michael Rogers rides through the crowd on the Monte Zoncolan

Michael Rogers rides through the crowd on the Monte Zoncolan
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Rigoberto Uran signs on at the start of stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia

Rigoberto Uran signs on at the start of stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia
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Stage five at the Giro d'Italia

Stage five at the Giro d'Italia
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Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge) on the podium at the Giro d'Italia

Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge) on the podium at the Giro d'Italia
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Mark Cavendish gets in the practice during a team photo shoot

Mark Cavendish gets in the practice during a team photo shoot
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But for a few far flung races, the curtain has well and truly been drawn on the 2014 season. The members of the roving cycling circus are taking a well-deserved break before gearing up for the year to come, giving us time to reflect on some of the season’s biggest moments. In this gallery, we take a look back at 2014 through the lens of Belgian photographer Tim de Waele.

It has been yet another huge season in the professional peloton, kicked off by Simon Gerrans’ victory at the Tour Down Under. The peloton moved through Europe before settling in Belgium for the spring Classics. Omega Pharma-QuickStep dominated on the cobbles, with Niki Terpstra and Tom Boonen finding success early on. However, they were outdone by a lone Fabian Cancellara at the Tour of Flanders. Terpstra would get his own back a week later, soloing to a strong victory in Paris-Roubaix.

The Grand Tours threw up more than their fair share of controversies and epic feats during 2014. Nairo Quintana’s attack on the Stelvio had teams calling foul, but the Colombian still stormed to his first Grand Tour victory. The expected battle between Alberto Contador and Chris Froome at the Tour de France was put on hold when the pair crashed out of the race within five days of each other. Their departure left the road clear for Vincenzo Nibali to complete his triptych of three-week victories. The Italian added four stages to his palmarès for good measure.

After the trials and tribulations of the Tour, there was a mouth-watering line-up at the Vuelta a España. Froome and Contador were back in action, while Giro winner Quintana was in the mix for another win. The Colombian, however, emulated his rivals and crashed out mid-way through the race. In the end, Froome was unable to match Contador on his home soil and the Spaniard came out triumphant.

The year was rounded off with the World Championships in Ponferrada. Tony Martin saw himself lose two world titles in less than a week. His first went as Omega Pharma-QuickStep handed over the team time trial title to BMC and lost his second just a few days later when Bradley Wiggins put in a phenomenal ride to take gold in the individual event. Lisa Brennauer made sure that Germany took home a time trial gold and went on to take silver in the road race, where victory fell to Frenchwoman Pauline Ferrand Prévot, as Marianne Vos finished off the podium for the first time in her career. Michal Kwiatkowski caught the peloton by surprise in the men’s race to take an emotional victory, while Alejandro Valverde took yet another runner-up prize.

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