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Gallery: Race photo highlights from the 2014 Tour of California

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Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) heading for his stage win at the Tour of California

Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) heading for his stage win at the Tour of California
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A classic truck cruising Highway 1 stopped to let the race go by.

A classic truck cruising Highway 1 stopped to let the race go by.
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Todays race started on the Pismo Beach pier.

Todays race started on the Pismo Beach pier.
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) on the way to his win.

Taylor Phinney (BMC) on the way to his win.
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Bradley Wiggens (Sky) descends to pasadena.

Bradley Wiggens (Sky) descends to pasadena.
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Cannondale leads the way into downtown Pasadena.

Cannondale leads the way into downtown Pasadena.
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) have a chat during the morning rollout.

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) have a chat during the morning rollout.
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) peeks from behind a fan.

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) peeks from behind a fan.
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Elephant Seals line the beach as the race goes past.

Elephant Seals line the beach as the race goes past.
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Johan Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) all smiles after winning on Mountain High.

Johan Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) all smiles after winning on Mountain High.
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The peloton crests the Mt. Hamilton climb.

The peloton crests the Mt. Hamilton climb.
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) corners during the day.

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) corners during the day.
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Rohan Dennis (Garmin) closes in on the finish line.

Rohan Dennis (Garmin) closes in on the finish line.
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Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin) is held up after crossing the finish line.

Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin) is held up after crossing the finish line.
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Nathan Brown (Garmin) after todays tough finish.

Nathan Brown (Garmin) after todays tough finish.
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The peloton didn’t have much time to take in today’s scenery.

The peloton didn’t have much time to take in today’s scenery.
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A group of riders begins to split off of the field.

A group of riders begins to split off of the field.
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Cavendish gets a little bit of help out on the road

Cavendish gets a little bit of help out on the road
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Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma QuickStep) does the work for his teammates

Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma QuickStep) does the work for his teammates
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Team Sky set the pace for Bradley Wiggins during the Tour of California

Team Sky set the pace for Bradley Wiggins during the Tour of California
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) wins the 2014 Tour of California

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) wins the 2014 Tour of California
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Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) greets the race fans

Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) greets the race fans
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The sweet taste of success for Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

The sweet taste of success for Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
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Terpstra leads Bobridge on a final day break in California

Terpstra leads Bobridge on a final day break in California
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Fans turn out to watch the peloton climb in the Tour of California

Fans turn out to watch the peloton climb in the Tour of California
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Lawson Craddock (Giant-Shimano) finished third overall in the race

Lawson Craddock (Giant-Shimano) finished third overall in the race
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Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish strike a pose at the Tour of California

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish strike a pose at the Tour of California
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Mark Cavendish wins the opening stage at the Tour of California

Mark Cavendish wins the opening stage at the Tour of California
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) builds his win around a solid time trial

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) builds his win around a solid time trial
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Mark Cavendish greets Esteban Chaves the morning after the Colombian's stage win

Mark Cavendish greets Esteban Chaves the morning after the Colombian's stage win
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 Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) tucks into his mid-race lunch

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) tucks into his mid-race lunch
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Esteban Chaves takes his first win for Orica GreenEdge at the Tour of California

Esteban Chaves takes his first win for Orica GreenEdge at the Tour of California
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)
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Jack Bobridge (Team Belkin) give it his all

Jack Bobridge (Team Belkin) give it his all
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Keep cool at the Tour of California

Keep cool at the Tour of California
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The peloton roll through stunning scenery at the Tour of California

The peloton roll through stunning scenery at the Tour of California
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The peloton roll through stunning scenery at the Tour of California

The peloton roll through stunning scenery at the Tour of California
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Mountain high: The peloton climb in the Tour of California

Mountain high: The peloton climb in the Tour of California
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Cool, calm, collected: Wiggins in the leader's jersey at California

Cool, calm, collected: Wiggins in the leader's jersey at California
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Garmin-Sharp celebrate their win in the teams' competition

Garmin-Sharp celebrate their win in the teams' competition
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Jens Voigt takes time out at the Tour of California

Jens Voigt takes time out at the Tour of California
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Fans made themselves seen and heard at the race

Fans made themselves seen and heard at the race
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Picture perfect at the 2014 Tour of California

Picture perfect at the 2014 Tour of California
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Will Routley (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) rode the perfect race during stage 4 of the Tour of California

Will Routley (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) rode the perfect race during stage 4 of the Tour of California
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Lawson Craddock was strong in the Tour of California mountains

Lawson Craddock was strong in the Tour of California mountains
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Rohan Denns (Garmin-Sharp) shows his class with a fine stage win

Rohan Denns (Garmin-Sharp) shows his class with a fine stage win
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US fans turn out to support Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing)

US fans turn out to support Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing)
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Laurens Ten Dam takes a tumble after his time trial

Laurens Ten Dam takes a tumble after his time trial
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The colour of the Tour of the California

The colour of the Tour of the California
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The peloton line out during the Tour of California

The peloton line out during the Tour of California
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Shut up legs: Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) on the attack

Shut up legs: Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) on the attack
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) wins the final stage

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) wins the final stage
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) wins his Tour of California stage

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) wins his Tour of California stage
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 Spectacular scenes of racing at the Tour of California

Spectacular scenes of racing at the Tour of California
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The peloton speed by at the Tour of California 2014

The peloton speed by at the Tour of California 2014
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Team Sky worked all week for Bradley Wiggins

Team Sky worked all week for Bradley Wiggins
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Esteban Chaves (GreenEdge) wins atop Mountain High

Esteban Chaves (GreenEdge) wins atop Mountain High
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Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) wins in Santa Barbara

Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) wins in Santa Barbara
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Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) in full flight on his TT machine

Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) in full flight on his TT machine
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Eight days of thrilling racing came to an end on Sunday with the 2014 Tour of California finishing up in Thousand Oaks. The 2012 Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) came away with the overall honours after building his campaign on a winning ride in the individual time trial and then fending off challenges in the mountains.

The race was about way more than just one man and one team though with Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep), Peter Sagan (Cannodale) carving up the sprint stages. There were breakthrough wins too with Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) and Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) both claiming impressive mountain stages.

And the domestic teams played their part, too: constantly on the attack and making the race at critical stages, Will Routley (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) came away with a memorable stage win on stage 4 and the king of the mountains competition.

In the battle for the best young rider's  white jersey, Lawson Craddock (Giant-Shimano) held off the challenge from Adam Yates (Orica GreenEdge).

Take a look back through the race with this stunning gallery.