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Gallery: Bettini's 50 photos of 2014

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Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) hits the deck at Paris-Roubaix and is then hit by Blaž Jarc (NetApp-Endura)

Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) hits the deck at Paris-Roubaix and is then hit by Blaž Jarc (NetApp-Endura)
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Bradley Wiggins' face says it all after Paris-Roubaix

Bradley Wiggins' face says it all after Paris-Roubaix
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The final stage of the Tour de France takes place on the Champs-Élysées

The final stage of the Tour de France takes place on the Champs-Élysées
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The final stage of the Giro d'Italia took place in Trieste

The final stage of the Giro d'Italia took place in Trieste
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The tifosi watch the Giro's Monte Zoncolan stage

The tifosi watch the Giro's Monte Zoncolan stage
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Now they are some veins

Now they are some veins
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Vincenzo Nibali leads the peloton on the road to the Col d'Izoard

Vincenzo Nibali leads the peloton on the road to the Col d'Izoard
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There was a brief hailstorm during the 13th stage of the Giro

There was a brief hailstorm during the 13th stage of the Giro
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No wedding ceremony is complete without the Giro d'Italia

No wedding ceremony is complete without the Giro d'Italia
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A fireman helps the riders cool down at the Tour de Langkawi and inadvertently creates a rainbow

A fireman helps the riders cool down at the Tour de Langkawi and inadvertently creates a rainbow
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The fifth stage of the Giro took the peloton from Taranto to Viggiano

The fifth stage of the Giro took the peloton from Taranto to Viggiano
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There plenty of pink animals in Ireland to mark the Giro's visit. Here a Dublin cow joins in the fun

There plenty of pink animals in Ireland to mark the Giro's visit. Here a Dublin cow joins in the fun
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Watching the Giro's time trial stage to Barolo through a wine glass

Watching the Giro's time trial stage to Barolo through a wine glass
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The Castle in Ponferrada was a popular spectator location during the world championships

The Castle in Ponferrada was a popular spectator location during the world championships
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The silhouette of the team time trial at the world championships

The silhouette of the team time trial at the world championships
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Rigoberto Uran and Nairo Quintana ride side-by-side up the Zoncolan

Rigoberto Uran and Nairo Quintana ride side-by-side up the Zoncolan
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The peloton during Strade Bianche

The peloton during Strade Bianche
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The peloton tries to hide from the wind and sand during the Dubai Tour

The peloton tries to hide from the wind and sand during the Dubai Tour
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Fabain Cancellara at the front of the peloton during Paris-Roubaix

Fabain Cancellara at the front of the peloton during Paris-Roubaix
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A pizza maker shows off his goods during the Giro

A pizza maker shows off his goods during the Giro
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The European track championships were held in Guadeloupe this year

The European track championships were held in Guadeloupe this year
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Team time trial training in Belfast ahead of the Giro's first stage

Team time trial training in Belfast ahead of the Giro's first stage
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Tulips line the roadside of the Giro's second stage to Belfast

Tulips line the roadside of the Giro's second stage to Belfast
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The first "Italian" stage of the Giro finished in Bari

The first "Italian" stage of the Giro finished in Bari
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Sand dunes were a regular sight during the Dubai Tour

Sand dunes were a regular sight during the Dubai Tour
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Empty coconut husks on the side of the road at the Tour de Langkawi

Empty coconut husks on the side of the road at the Tour de Langkawi
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Alessandro Vanotti snaps a photo of teammate Vincenzo Nibali before the start of the stage in Besancon

Alessandro Vanotti snaps a photo of teammate Vincenzo Nibali before the start of the stage in Besancon
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Adriano Malori at the Tour de San Luis on his way to the win

Adriano Malori at the Tour de San Luis on his way to the win
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Michał Kwiatkowski can hardly believe he's just become world champion

Michał Kwiatkowski can hardly believe he's just become world champion
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A shot of the conditions on the Stelvio during the Giro's stage 16

A shot of the conditions on the Stelvio during the Giro's stage 16
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An Ag2r-La Mondiale rider wraps up and tries to keep warm on the Stelvio

An Ag2r-La Mondiale rider wraps up and tries to keep warm on the Stelvio
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Getting the best shot of the peloton at the Tour de San Luis

Getting the best shot of the peloton at the Tour de San Luis
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Alberto Contador celebrates his third Vuelta a Espana win at the Santiago de Compostela church

Alberto Contador celebrates his third Vuelta a Espana win at the Santiago de Compostela church
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Alberto Contador discussing the extent of his injuries with Bjarne Riis after crashing on the tenth stage of the Tour de France before retiring from the race

Alberto Contador discussing the extent of his injuries with Bjarne Riis after crashing on the tenth stage of the Tour de France before retiring from the race
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The peloton passes the Colosseum during Roma-Maxima

The peloton passes the Colosseum during Roma-Maxima
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Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Unitedhealthcare) climbing to Genting Highlands at the Tour de Langkawi

Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Unitedhealthcare) climbing to Genting Highlands at the Tour de Langkawi
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The legs of a podium hostess at the Volta Ao Algarve

The legs of a podium hostess at the Volta Ao Algarve
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Vincenzo Nibali wins his third stage of the Tour de France in Chamrousse

Vincenzo Nibali wins his third stage of the Tour de France in Chamrousse
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Vincenzo Nibali on the Champs-Élysées and under the shadows of the Arc de Triomphe

Vincenzo Nibali on the Champs-Élysées and under the shadows of the Arc de Triomphe
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A fan half-commits to the Borat costume as he cheers on Pierre Rolland (Europcar)

A fan half-commits to the Borat costume as he cheers on Pierre Rolland (Europcar)
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Macey Stewart enjoying her junior time trial world champion gold medal win

Macey Stewart enjoying her junior time trial world champion gold medal win
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Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) during a cold and snowy stage 16 of the Giro to Val Martello

Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) during a cold and snowy stage 16 of the Giro to Val Martello
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) struggles up the steep slopes of the muro di Guardiagrele

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) struggles up the steep slopes of the muro di Guardiagrele
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Its hot in Argentine during the Tour de San Luis

Its hot in Argentine during the Tour de San Luis
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) surrounded by Colombian tifosi on the climb to Monte Zoncolan

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) surrounded by Colombian tifosi on the climb to Monte Zoncolan
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) on his way to the time trial win at the Dubai Tour

Taylor Phinney (BMC) on his way to the time trial win at the Dubai Tour
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A field of pink sheep during the Giro's second stage

A field of pink sheep during the Giro's second stage
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Vincenzo NIbali tries to cool down at the Tour de San Luis

Vincenzo NIbali tries to cool down at the Tour de San Luis
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Vincenzo NIbali at the launch of the 2015 Dubai Tour

Vincenzo NIbali at the launch of the 2015 Dubai Tour
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Fabio Aru (Astana) time trailing during stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia

Fabio Aru (Astana) time trailing during stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia
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Italian father and son photographers Roberto and Luca Bettini have again captured the important and emotional moments at the world's biggest cycling races during the 2014 season.

The Bettini family have been following cycling for more than three decades. This season, with Rome-based Ilario Biondi also working with them, they have followed the peloton from the Tour Down Under in January to the Tour of Beijing in October, and virtually every race in between.

Look through our gallery from the heat of Tour de San Luis and Dubai Tour to the colourful animals of the Giro d'Italia and the commanding Tour de France victory by Vincenzo Nibali.

Click here to see the full gallery.