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Gallery: The Tour de France in photos

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Italian Vincenzo Nibali was flanked by Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot on the 2014 Tour de France podium.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali was flanked by Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot on the 2014 Tour de France podium.
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Marcel Kittel started off the Tour de France in the same way he would finish it - with a win.

Marcel Kittel started off the Tour de France in the same way he would finish it - with a win.
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Rafal Majak (Saxo-Tinkoff) wins stage 17.

Rafal Majak (Saxo-Tinkoff) wins stage 17.
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The Tour de France peloton rolls through a tunnel during stage 16.

The Tour de France peloton rolls through a tunnel during stage 16.
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Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma Quick Step) during stage 16.

Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma Quick Step) during stage 16.
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Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) wins his first Tour de Frace stage during stage 16.

Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) wins his first Tour de Frace stage during stage 16.
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Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) came close to a win in stage 15.

Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) came close to a win in stage 15.
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma Quick Step) riding in stage 15

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma Quick Step) riding in stage 15
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins stage 15.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins stage 15.
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Jean Christophe Peraud, a former mountain biker, showed his strength in the mountains during stage 14.

Jean Christophe Peraud, a former mountain biker, showed his strength in the mountains during stage 14.
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Vincenzo Nibali in yellow and protected by his Astana teammates during stage 14.

Vincenzo Nibali in yellow and protected by his Astana teammates during stage 14.
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Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) rides to a stage 14 win in the mountains.

Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) rides to a stage 14 win in the mountains.
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Alejandro Valverde, Vincenzo Nibali and Thibaut Pinot race each other up the mountain during stage 13.

Alejandro Valverde, Vincenzo Nibali and Thibaut Pinot race each other up the mountain during stage 13.
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Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) proved himself a strong climber.

Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) proved himself a strong climber.
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) continued riding well to win stage 13.

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) continued riding well to win stage 13.
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The Tour de France peloton in France during stage 12.

The Tour de France peloton in France during stage 12.
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Alexander Kristoff on his way to sprinting to win stage 12 for Katusha.

Alexander Kristoff on his way to sprinting to win stage 12 for Katusha.
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Jean-Christophe Peraud climb together during stage 17.

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Jean-Christophe Peraud climb together during stage 17.
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Thibaut Pinot showed his strength and potential at this year's Tour. Here he is during stage 17.

Thibaut Pinot showed his strength and potential at this year's Tour. Here he is during stage 17.
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A final stage crash involving Jean-Christophe Peraud was no doubt unsettling, but he kept his cool and his second place on the podium.

A final stage crash involving Jean-Christophe Peraud was no doubt unsettling, but he kept his cool and his second place on the podium.
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All the jersey-wearers in the 2014 Tour de France on the Champs Elysee

All the jersey-wearers in the 2014 Tour de France on the Champs Elysee
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in yellow as the 2014 Tour de France winner.

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in yellow as the 2014 Tour de France winner.
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Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) ended his Tour like he began it, with a stage win.

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) ended his Tour like he began it, with a stage win.
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Vincenzo Nibali time trials as race leader during stage 20.

Vincenzo Nibali time trials as race leader during stage 20.
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step) on his way to winning stage 20.

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step) on his way to winning stage 20.
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Tejay van Garderen (BMC) time trials his way into the top 5 overall during stage 20.

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) time trials his way into the top 5 overall during stage 20.
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It was the kind of rainy day when one doesn't envy pro cyclists.

It was the kind of rainy day when one doesn't envy pro cyclists.
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There were more crashes during stage 19

There were more crashes during stage 19
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) riding in the rain to finish stage 19

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) riding in the rain to finish stage 19
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Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) delivered a victory at the end of stage 19

Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) delivered a victory at the end of stage 19
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) on his way to winning stage 18 atop Hautacam

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) on his way to winning stage 18 atop Hautacam
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We didn't hear much about Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) this year.

We didn't hear much about Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) this year.
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) lost some time on stage 18

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) lost some time on stage 18
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Cyril Gautier and Simon Clarke had a good showing during stage 12.

Cyril Gautier and Simon Clarke had a good showing during stage 12.
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It wouldn't be the Tour de France without sunflowers. Riders are shown here during stage 11.

It wouldn't be the Tour de France without sunflowers. Riders are shown here during stage 11.
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Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) claimed victory on stage 8, the first summit finish of the 2015 Tour

Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) claimed victory on stage 8, the first summit finish of the 2015 Tour
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Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) both rode strongly during stage 8

Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) both rode strongly during stage 8
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Stage 7 featured a very close finish between winner Matteo Trentin and Peter Sagan. Neither knew for sure who had won immediately afterward until officials made the call.

Stage 7 featured a very close finish between winner Matteo Trentin and Peter Sagan. Neither knew for sure who had won immediately afterward until officials made the call.
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Another crash: Jurgen van den Broeck (Lotto Bellisol) hits the deck in stage 7.

Another crash: Jurgen van den Broeck (Lotto Bellisol) hits the deck in stage 7.
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Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) crashed within sight of the finish line during stage 7

Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) crashed within sight of the finish line during stage 7
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was among the many crashed riders keeping race medics busy on stage 6

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was among the many crashed riders keeping race medics busy on stage 6
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Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) sprinted to win stage 6.

Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) sprinted to win stage 6.
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The crashes continued during stage 6 of the Tour de France. Xabier Zando and Marcel Wyss are pictured here.

The crashes continued during stage 6 of the Tour de France. Xabier Zando and Marcel Wyss are pictured here.
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Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) demonstrates the aero tuck while racing in the breakaway during stage 8

Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) demonstrates the aero tuck while racing in the breakaway during stage 8
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step) on his way to winning stage 9, which was not a time trial.

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step) on his way to winning stage 9, which was not a time trial.
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Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) suffers through his injuries during stage 11 and almost quits, but keeps going.

Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) suffers through his injuries during stage 11 and almost quits, but keeps going.
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Riding in the polka dot mountains jersey, Joaquim Rodriguez grabs lunch during stage 11.

Riding in the polka dot mountains jersey, Joaquim Rodriguez grabs lunch during stage 11.
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Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) takes the stage 11 win.

Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) takes the stage 11 win.
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Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) clearly in pain and receiving attention before he would abandon during stage 10.

Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) clearly in pain and receiving attention before he would abandon during stage 10.
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) won stage 10 and moved back into yellow.

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) won stage 10 and moved back into yellow.
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Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) enjoys a day in yellow during stage 10

Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) enjoys a day in yellow during stage 10
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Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol) on the podium after stage 9 and clearly enjoying his time in yellow.

Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol) on the podium after stage 9 and clearly enjoying his time in yellow.
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step) isn't often thought of as a climber, but here he is in the polka dot mountains jersey after stage 9

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step) isn't often thought of as a climber, but here he is in the polka dot mountains jersey after stage 9
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Crashes were a big problem during the wet and slippery stage 5. Here, yellow jersey Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) narrowly avoids trouble.

Crashes were a big problem during the wet and slippery stage 5. Here, yellow jersey Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) narrowly avoids trouble.
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Lars Boom was the man of the day, winning the cobbled stage 5.

Lars Boom was the man of the day, winning the cobbled stage 5.
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Crashes and broken bikes were common at the 2014 Tour de France..Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Movistar Team) is pictured here.

Crashes and broken bikes were common at the 2014 Tour de France..Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Movistar Team) is pictured here.
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Chris Froome gets attended by race medics after a crash.

Chris Froome gets attended by race medics after a crash.
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Defending champion Chris Froome lost some skin in this crash and injured himself more seriously than was let on.

Defending champion Chris Froome lost some skin in this crash and injured himself more seriously than was let on.
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Chinese rider Cheng Ji (Giant-Shimano) got a lot of attention during the Tour de France.

Chinese rider Cheng Ji (Giant-Shimano) got a lot of attention during the Tour de France.
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Battles between Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali never materialized as Contador would soon drop out from injury. They are pictured here during stage 3.

Battles between Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali never materialized as Contador would soon drop out from injury. They are pictured here during stage 3.
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Colorful sprint finishes characterize the Tour. This stage 3 sprint was won by Marcel Kittel.

Colorful sprint finishes characterize the Tour. This stage 3 sprint was won by Marcel Kittel.
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Marcel Kittel enjoys his day in yellow during stage 2.

Marcel Kittel enjoys his day in yellow during stage 2.
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Mark Cavendish says goodbye to the 2014 Tour de France before the start of stage 2 after separating his shoulder

Mark Cavendish says goodbye to the 2014 Tour de France before the start of stage 2 after separating his shoulder
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Vincenzo Nibali takes over the yellow jersey for the first time during stage 2.

Vincenzo Nibali takes over the yellow jersey for the first time during stage 2.
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Leeds hosted the Grand Depart as racers enjoyed the first few days of the 2014 Tour de France in Great Britain.

Leeds hosted the Grand Depart as racers enjoyed the first few days of the 2014 Tour de France in Great Britain.
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Jens Voigt racing in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside during stage 1.

Jens Voigt racing in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside during stage 1.
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Peter Sagan rides the cobbled stage 5.

Peter Sagan rides the cobbled stage 5.
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Vincenzo Nibali rode the pavé like a boss

Vincenzo Nibali rode the pavé like a boss
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The Tour de France is about glory and it's about pain. This year it was also about crashes with several top contenders having to abandon. In the end, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was the man who went home with the yellow jersey and all the bragging rights, at least until next July. 

Our latest photo gallery highlights some of the key moments of this year’s Grand Tour, including Nibali’s win during stage 2 into Sheffield along with his commanding performance on the cobbles during the fifth stage, won by Belkin’s Lars Boom.

The Italian only lost the race lead for one day to Tony Gallopin of Lotto-Belisol, who gained time from a successful breakaway during the ninth stage into Mulhouse, a stage won by Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s Tony Martin. He landed the yellow jersey again after he won on La Planche des Belles Filles during stage 10, and he went on to win two more stages in the mountains; stage 13 to Chamrousse and stage 18 on Hautacam.

Nibali, Boom and Martin were some of the first riders to capitalize off of breakaway opportunities but there were plenty more to be had during the three-week race. Ag2r-La Mondiale’s Blel Kadri took a solo win on stage 12 to La Mauselaine and Gallopin went on to win stage 11 into Oyonnax. Tinkoff-Saxo’s Rafal Majka won stage 14 into Risoul and stage 17 on the Pla d’Adet, and also won the mountains competition, while his teammate Michael Rogers took the stage 16 win in Luchon. Although Garmin-Sharp’s team leader Andrew Talansky abandoned the race due to injuries from a crash, his teammate Ramunas Navardauskas soloed to the stage 19 win in Bergerac.

There was a lot of anticipation around the event’s only individual time trial as a possible place to gain or lose time in the overall classification. Martin took a commanding win in the 54km race held from Bergerac to Périgueux while Nibali solidified his yellow jersey victory ahead of Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) in the overall classification.

The excitement of the race started and ended with bunch sprint finishes in both Yorkshire and Paris with Marcel Kittel taking those wins. He was victorious in the stage 1 sprint and wore the first yellow jersey of the race for his Giant-Shimano team. The German sprinter went on to win three more bunch sprints during stage 3 in London, stage 4 in Lille Métropole and the finale stage 21 on the Champs-Élysées.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s Mark Cavendish crashed out of the race during stage 1 but there were a handful of other sprinters in the race who took home victories. Lotto-Belisol’s André Greipel won stage 6 into Reims, Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s Matteo Trentin won stage 7 into Nancy and Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff won stage 12 into Saint-Étienne and stage 15 into Nîmes.

Although Cannondale’s Peter Sagan was denied a victory at this year’s Tour, he celebrated his overall win in the green jersey competition.

Team Sky’s Chris Froome went into the race as the defending champion and one of the favorites to win the overall title for a second year but he abandoned during the cobbled stage 5 after several earlier crashes and he fractured his wrist and hand. Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador was also forced to abandon after a crash on a descent during stage 10, and he is recovering from a fractured tibia.

Click here for a special gallery of images from Tim de Waele recapping this year's action.