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Gallery: A look back at the 2013 Tour de France

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Chris Froome riding away to victory on Mont Ventoux

Chris Froome riding away to victory on Mont Ventoux
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) before stage 16

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) before stage 16
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The wind shattered the peloton into pieces on stage 13

The wind shattered the peloton into pieces on stage 13
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Mark Cavendish celebrates victory on one of the classic Tour de France stages

Mark Cavendish celebrates victory on one of the classic Tour de France stages
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Saxo-Tinkoff putting it in the gutter

Saxo-Tinkoff putting it in the gutter
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Chris Froome after a hard day in the saddle

Chris Froome after a hard day in the saddle
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Edvald Boasson Hagen crashed on stage 12, ending his Tour

Edvald Boasson Hagen crashed on stage 12, ending his Tour
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Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) celebrates another stage win

Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) celebrates another stage win
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Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) pips Mark Cavendish on the line to win Stage 12

Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) pips Mark Cavendish on the line to win Stage 12
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Mont Saint-Michel...

Mont Saint-Michel...
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Chris Froome during the Mont Saint-Michel time trial

Chris Froome during the Mont Saint-Michel time trial
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Time trial world champion Tony Martin celebrates stage 11 victory

Time trial world champion Tony Martin celebrates stage 11 victory
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Tony Martin on his way to winning stage 11

Tony Martin on his way to winning stage 11
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Chris Froome and Alberto Contador enjoy a small chat

Chris Froome and Alberto Contador enjoy a small chat
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Chris Froome fends off the Movistar attack on stage 9

Chris Froome fends off the Movistar attack on stage 9
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Chris Froome and Alberto Contador discussing tactics perhaps

Chris Froome and Alberto Contador discussing tactics perhaps
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Chris Froome under attack from Movistar

Chris Froome under attack from Movistar
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Movistar did their best to unsettle Chris Froome but the Sky rider kept yelloe

Movistar did their best to unsettle Chris Froome but the Sky rider kept yelloe
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Saxo-Tinkoff wrecked havoc in the echelons of stage 13

Saxo-Tinkoff wrecked havoc in the echelons of stage 13
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What a win! Matteo Trentin celebrates the biggest win of his career

What a win! Matteo Trentin celebrates the biggest win of his career
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Chris Froome (Sky) with Peter Sagan (Cannondale) before stage 16

Chris Froome (Sky) with Peter Sagan (Cannondale) before stage 16
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on stage 16

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on stage 16
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Chris Froome (Sky) almost lost it on the corner

Chris Froome (Sky) almost lost it on the corner
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Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde chat after finishing stage 16 while Chris Froome looks on

Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde chat after finishing stage 16 while Chris Froome looks on
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Rui Costa celebrates winning stage 16

Rui Costa celebrates winning stage 16
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Mont Ventoux...

Mont Ventoux...
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Chris Froome rising

Chris Froome rising
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Team Sky riding past a field of poppies

Team Sky riding past a field of poppies
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Mont Ventoux in all its glrory

Mont Ventoux in all its glrory
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Froome and Contador exchange looks

Froome and Contador exchange looks
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Chris Froome wins atop Mont Ventoux in the yellow jersey

Chris Froome wins atop Mont Ventoux in the yellow jersey
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Chris Froome about to distance Nairo Quintana

Chris Froome about to distance Nairo Quintana
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How many gels for Chris Froome?

How many gels for Chris Froome?
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The yellow jersey and the rainbow jersey side by side

The yellow jersey and the rainbow jersey side by side
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Matteo Trentin can't believe his luck in wining stage 14

Matteo Trentin can't believe his luck in wining stage 14
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Chris Froome and French president François Hollande

Chris Froome and French president François Hollande
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Dan Martin won a thrilling stage to Bagnères-de-Bigorre

Dan Martin won a thrilling stage to Bagnères-de-Bigorre
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Orica-GreenEdge protecting yellow jersey wearer Simon Gerrans on stage 5

Orica-GreenEdge protecting yellow jersey wearer Simon Gerrans on stage 5
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Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) in his first ever yellow jersey

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) in his first ever yellow jersey
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Orica-GreenEdge celebrates its stage 4 team time trial victory

Orica-GreenEdge celebrates its stage 4 team time trial victory
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Orica-GreenEdge won the only team trial of the 2013 Tour

Orica-GreenEdge won the only team trial of the 2013 Tour
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Jan Bakelants leads his RadioShack teammates during the team time trial

Jan Bakelants leads his RadioShack teammates during the team time trial
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Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) in the yellow jersey

Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) in the yellow jersey
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Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) won stage 3 by just a few inches

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) won stage 3 by just a few inches
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The jersey wearers on the start line of stage 3 in Calvi

The jersey wearers on the start line of stage 3 in Calvi
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Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) with friend and world champion, Philippe Gilbert (BMC)

Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) with friend and world champion, Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
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Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) collected the yellow jersey after his impressive breakaway win on stage 2

Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) collected the yellow jersey after his impressive breakaway win on stage 2
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Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) can hardly believe he just a stage of the Tour. His first pro win as well

Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) can hardly believe he just a stage of the Tour. His first pro win as well
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Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) enjoyed his day in yellow

Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) enjoyed his day in yellow
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The Orica-GreenEdge bus made international headlines after getting stuck under the finish line gantry

The Orica-GreenEdge bus made international headlines after getting stuck under the finish line gantry
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Marcel Kittel gets acquainted with his new lion

Marcel Kittel gets acquainted with his new lion
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Marcel Kittel in the first yellow jersey of 2013

Marcel Kittel in the first yellow jersey of 2013
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Yes! Marcel Kittel opens his Tour de France stage account by winning stage 1 of the 2013 race

Yes! Marcel Kittel opens his Tour de France stage account by winning stage 1 of the 2013 race
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One of the many crashes at the 2013 Tour de France

One of the many crashes at the 2013 Tour de France
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Mark Cavendish wins his first Tour stage for Omega Pharma-Quick Step

Mark Cavendish wins his first Tour stage for Omega Pharma-Quick Step
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Chris Froome in yellow on stage 9

Chris Froome in yellow on stage 9
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Chris Froome collects the yellow jersey after stage 10

Chris Froome collects the yellow jersey after stage 10
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Koen de Kort and John Degenkolb celebrate Marcel Kittel's win on stage 10

Koen de Kort and John Degenkolb celebrate Marcel Kittel's win on stage 10
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Marcel Kittel adds stage 10 to his palmares

Marcel Kittel adds stage 10 to his palmares
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Didi the Devil and Robert Gesink on stage 8

Didi the Devil and Robert Gesink on stage 8
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Chris Froome in his first ever yellow jersey after wining stage 8

Chris Froome in his first ever yellow jersey after wining stage 8
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Roman Kreuziger setting the pace for teammate Alberto Contador on stage 8

Roman Kreuziger setting the pace for teammate Alberto Contador on stage 8
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Chris Froome digs deep to get every millisecond over his rivals on stage 8

Chris Froome digs deep to get every millisecond over his rivals on stage 8
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Chris Froome celebrates his win on stage 8

Chris Froome celebrates his win on stage 8
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) followed by yellow jersey Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge)

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) followed by yellow jersey Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge)
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Simon Gerrans and Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) chat on stage 7

Simon Gerrans and Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) chat on stage 7
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Peter Sagan wins stage 7 of the 2013 Tour de France

Peter Sagan wins stage 7 of the 2013 Tour de France
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The first ever African to wear the yellow jersey, Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge)

The first ever African to wear the yellow jersey, Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge)
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Andre Greipel makes it clear who his sponsors are

Andre Greipel makes it clear who his sponsors are
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Greg Henderson celebrates his Lotto-Belisol teammate Andre Greipel who is about to win stage 6

Greg Henderson celebrates his Lotto-Belisol teammate Andre Greipel who is about to win stage 6
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Smiles and hugs for Omega Pharma-Quick Step after Mark Cavendish wins stage 5

Smiles and hugs for Omega Pharma-Quick Step after Mark Cavendish wins stage 5
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The Orica-GreenEdge bus almost caused a disaster on the finishline

The Orica-GreenEdge bus almost caused a disaster on the finishline
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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.