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Gallery: A look back at the 2015 Tour de France

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Thibaut Pinot celebrates winning stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot celebrates winning stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France
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Fans line the route during an Alpine stage of the Tour de France.

Fans line the route during an Alpine stage of the Tour de France.
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Alberto Contadpr leads Warren Barguil on a descent.

Alberto Contadpr leads Warren Barguil on a descent.
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Chris Froome rides in the middle of the bunch.

Chris Froome rides in the middle of the bunch.
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The formidable Lacets de Montvernier from stage 18.

The formidable Lacets de Montvernier from stage 18.
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The formidable Lacets de Montvernier from stage 18.

The formidable Lacets de Montvernier from stage 18.
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Romain Bardet wins stage 18.

Romain Bardet wins stage 18.
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Clouds linger among the Alps during stage 18.

Clouds linger among the Alps during stage 18.
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A lake provides the background for the peloton.

A lake provides the background for the peloton.
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Andrew Talansky drives the pace in a breakaway group.

Andrew Talansky drives the pace in a breakaway group.
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The Tinkoff-Saxo water bottle vest gets a workout.

The Tinkoff-Saxo water bottle vest gets a workout.
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Team Sky took good care of Chris Froome throughout the three-week race.

Team Sky took good care of Chris Froome throughout the three-week race.
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Simon Geschke soaks in the podium atmosphere after his stage 17 win.

Simon Geschke soaks in the podium atmosphere after his stage 17 win.
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Rafal Majka cools himself down on the way to winning stage 11.

Rafal Majka cools himself down on the way to winning stage 11.
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Chris Froome tried to quell speculation about his performance by releasing some of his power data.

Chris Froome tried to quell speculation about his performance by releasing some of his power data.
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The peloton climbs during stage 18 in the Alps.

The peloton climbs during stage 18 in the Alps.
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Vincenzo Nibali wins stage 19.

Vincenzo Nibali wins stage 19.
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Nairo Quintana never stopped attacking in the Alps.

Nairo Quintana never stopped attacking in the Alps.
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Chris Froome makes his way through the crowd on l'Alpe d'Huez.

Chris Froome makes his way through the crowd on l'Alpe d'Huez.
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Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde flank Chris Froome on the final Tour de France podium.

Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde flank Chris Froome on the final Tour de France podium.
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Andre Greipel put an exclamation point on his Tour with a win in Paris.

Andre Greipel put an exclamation point on his Tour with a win in Paris.
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Dave Brailsford and Chris Froome embrace following the 2015 Tour de France.

Dave Brailsford and Chris Froome embrace following the 2015 Tour de France.
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Chris Froome toasts his second Tour de France overall win.

Chris Froome toasts his second Tour de France overall win.
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Team Sky ride arm in arm to the finish in Paris.

Team Sky ride arm in arm to the finish in Paris.
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Nairo Quintana never stopped trying to win the Tour, attacking on 2015 Tour's the final climb to l'Alpe d'Huez.

Nairo Quintana never stopped trying to win the Tour, attacking on 2015 Tour's the final climb to l'Alpe d'Huez.
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Winner Anacona paces Nairo Quintana up l'Alpe d'Huez.

Winner Anacona paces Nairo Quintana up l'Alpe d'Huez.
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Richie Porte, Chris Froome and Alejandro Valverde climb l'Alpe d'Huez.

Richie Porte, Chris Froome and Alejandro Valverde climb l'Alpe d'Huez.
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Thibaut Pinot climbs toward his stage win on l'Alpe d'Huez

Thibaut Pinot climbs toward his stage win on l'Alpe d'Huez
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Vincenzo Nibali interacts with a spectator along the route.

Vincenzo Nibali interacts with a spectator along the route.
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Alberto Contador descends off one othe Alpine climbs.

Alberto Contador descends off one othe Alpine climbs.
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A breakaway group rides through a field of sunflowers.

A breakaway group rides through a field of sunflowers.
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Peter Sagan put on a descending clinic at this year's Tour.

Peter Sagan put on a descending clinic at this year's Tour.
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Mark Cavendish got his win this year during stage 7

Mark Cavendish got his win this year during stage 7
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Zdenek Stybar win the uphill finish in Le Havre.

Zdenek Stybar win the uphill finish in Le Havre.
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Tony Martin's teammates push him to the line after he fractured his clavicle in a crash at the finish of stage 6.

Tony Martin's teammates push him to the line after he fractured his clavicle in a crash at the finish of stage 6.
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Tony martin lays against the barriers after crashing during stage 6.

Tony martin lays against the barriers after crashing during stage 6.
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Tony Marin won stage 4 with a daring late solo attack on a teammate's borrowed bike.

Tony Marin won stage 4 with a daring late solo attack on a teammate's borrowed bike.
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Daniel Oss shows the damage of a crash during stage 3.

Daniel Oss shows the damage of a crash during stage 3.
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Fabian Cancellara abandon the race following stage 3 after crashing.

Fabian Cancellara abandon the race following stage 3 after crashing.
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The start in Holland provided unique backdrops.

The start in Holland provided unique backdrops.
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The peloton rides along the North Sea.

The peloton rides along the North Sea.
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Fabian Cancellara's third-place finish during stage 2 earned the yellow jersey.

Fabian Cancellara's third-place finish during stage 2 earned the yellow jersey.
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Rohan Dennis' winning ride in the opening time trial in Utrecht earned yellow for the Australian.

Rohan Dennis' winning ride in the opening time trial in Utrecht earned yellow for the Australian.
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Team's arrived at the opening presentation via boat.

Team's arrived at the opening presentation via boat.
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The Tour's Devil finds a good spot to view the race.

The Tour's Devil finds a good spot to view the race.
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MTN-Qhubeka's Daniel Teklehaimanot made history with his run in the polka dot jersey.

MTN-Qhubeka's Daniel Teklehaimanot made history with his run in the polka dot jersey.
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Tinkoff-Saxo boss Oleg Tinkov was sure to make his presence known at the Tour.

Tinkoff-Saxo boss Oleg Tinkov was sure to make his presence known at the Tour.
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It wouldn't be the Tour de France without sunflowers.

It wouldn't be the Tour de France without sunflowers.
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The cobbles on the stage 4 route shook up the first week.

The cobbles on the stage 4 route shook up the first week.
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Cattle along the route have a front-row seat.

Cattle along the route have a front-row seat.
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Despite many attempts, Quintana and Nibali couldn't sink Chris Froome and Team Sky this year.

Despite many attempts, Quintana and Nibali couldn't sink Chris Froome and Team Sky this year.
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Stephen Cummins won stage 14 for MTN-Qhubeka on Mandela Day.

Stephen Cummins won stage 14 for MTN-Qhubeka on Mandela Day.
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Jean-Christophe Péraud crashed hard during stage 13 but finished the race.

Jean-Christophe Péraud crashed hard during stage 13 but finished the race.
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Greg Van Avermaet finally climbed to the podium's top step with a win in Rodez.

Greg Van Avermaet finally climbed to the podium's top step with a win in Rodez.
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Joaquim Rodriguez fought his way to two stage wins this year.

Joaquim Rodriguez fought his way to two stage wins this year.
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Lance Armstrong was back on the roads of France for a charity ride.

Lance Armstrong was back on the roads of France for a charity ride.
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Dark clouds frame the riders during the second week.

Dark clouds frame the riders during the second week.
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Chris Froome leaves Nairo Quintana behind during stage 10.

Chris Froome leaves Nairo Quintana behind during stage 10.
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Chris Froome tries to relax outside the team bus on the rest day.

Chris Froome tries to relax outside the team bus on the rest day.
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BMC Racing proved their mettle with a win in the team time trial.

BMC Racing proved their mettle with a win in the team time trial.
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Geraint Thomas greets fans during the team presentation in Utrecht.

Geraint Thomas greets fans during the team presentation in Utrecht.

The 2015 Tour de France was an amazing three-week thrill ride, from the crosswinds and cobbles of the first week, to the Pyrenees in the second and the Alps in the third. Chris Froome and Team Sky grabbed the race reins on stage 10 and never relinquished them. Despite valiant attempts from the Movistar duo of Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, Froome held onto his slim margin all the way to the Champs Elysees in Paris on the final day. Getty Images' crew of photographers was on hand throughout the race to capture the drama, and we've compiled a glimpse of the Grand Boucle in the photo gallery above.