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Gallery: Tour of Beijing in review

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Alex Dowsett (Movistar).

Alex Dowsett (Movistar).
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Dan Martin would see a lot of his panda friend over the course of the race.

Dan Martin would see a lot of his panda friend over the course of the race.
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The classification leaders and best costume winner ahead of stage 2 of the Tour of Beijing.

The classification leaders and best costume winner ahead of stage 2 of the Tour of Beijing.
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The Tour of Beijing visited the Great Wall of China.

The Tour of Beijing visited the Great Wall of China.
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Rui Costa (Movistar) is interviewed at the presentation of the Tour of Beijing.

Rui Costa (Movistar) is interviewed at the presentation of the Tour of Beijing.
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Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) sets the tempo on Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain.

Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) sets the tempo on Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain.
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Newly-crowned world champion Rui Costa enjoyed a solid outing at the Tour of Beijing.

Newly-crowned world champion Rui Costa enjoyed a solid outing at the Tour of Beijing.
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Damiano Caruso gets ready for his close-up at the Tour of Beijing.

Damiano Caruso gets ready for his close-up at the Tour of Beijing.
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Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) in the red jersey of overall leader at the Tour of Beijing.

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) in the red jersey of overall leader at the Tour of Beijing.
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The Tour of Beijing panda keeps watch over the peloton on the road to Qiandiajian on stage 3.

The Tour of Beijing panda keeps watch over the peloton on the road to Qiandiajian on stage 3.
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) made his bid for three Tour of Beijing wins in as many years with a bold attack on stage 3.

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) made his bid for three Tour of Beijing wins in as many years with a bold attack on stage 3.
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The peloton passes the Great Wall during the 2013 Tour of Beijing.

The peloton passes the Great Wall during the 2013 Tour of Beijing.
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Deja vu all over again for Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) on stage 3 of the Tour of Beijing.

Deja vu all over again for Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) on stage 3 of the Tour of Beijing.
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Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) was clinical in picking off his second win on stage 3.

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) was clinical in picking off his second win on stage 3.
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Dan Martin enters into the spirit of things at the Tour of Beijing.

Dan Martin enters into the spirit of things at the Tour of Beijing.
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The Tour of Beijing panda poses for a picture with the other Martin, world time trial champion Tony Martin.

The Tour of Beijing panda poses for a picture with the other Martin, world time trial champion Tony Martin.
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World champion Rui Costa is congratulated on his recent success by a panda at the Tour of Beijing.

World champion Rui Costa is congratulated on his recent success by a panda at the Tour of Beijing.
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The peloton takes the scenic route to Yanqing on stage 2.

The peloton takes the scenic route to Yanqing on stage 2.
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Thor Hushovd (BMC) exchanges greetings with a man dressed as a panda at the Tour of Beijing.

Thor Hushovd (BMC) exchanges greetings with a man dressed as a panda at the Tour of Beijing.
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Nacer Bouhanni held the red jersey for two days.

Nacer Bouhanni held the red jersey for two days.
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Luka Mezgec (Argos-Shimano) finally landed a win on the final stage of the Tour of Beijing.

Luka Mezgec (Argos-Shimano) finally landed a win on the final stage of the Tour of Beijing.
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Benat Intxausti (Movistar) on the final day of the Tour of Beijing.

Benat Intxausti (Movistar) on the final day of the Tour of Beijing.
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New UCI president Brian Cookson with Thor Hushovd after stage 1 of the Tour of Beijing.

New UCI president Brian Cookson with Thor Hushovd after stage 1 of the Tour of Beijing.
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Rui Costa (Movistar) ahead of the opening stage of the Tour of Beijing.

Rui Costa (Movistar) ahead of the opening stage of the Tour of Beijing.
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Local fans come out to greet the 2013 Tour of Beijing.

Local fans come out to greet the 2013 Tour of Beijing.
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As ever, Cameron Wurf put his shoulder to the wheel for the Cannondale cause.

As ever, Cameron Wurf put his shoulder to the wheel for the Cannondale cause.
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Thor Hushovd (BMC) wins stage 1 of the Tour of Beijing.

Thor Hushovd (BMC) wins stage 1 of the Tour of Beijing.
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World champion Rui Costa (Movistar) signs on ahead of stage one of the Tour of Beijing.

World champion Rui Costa (Movistar) signs on ahead of stage one of the Tour of Beijing.
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Marco Pinotti made his final stage racing appearance at the Tour of Beijing.

Marco Pinotti made his final stage racing appearance at the Tour of Beijing.
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Juan Antonio Flecha lines up for his final professional race.

Juan Antonio Flecha lines up for his final professional race.
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Euskaltel-Euskadi rode their final race at the Tour of Beijing.

Euskaltel-Euskadi rode their final race at the Tour of Beijing.
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Couldn't have done it without you. Benat Intxausti (Movistar) shares the spoils of success at the Tour of Beijing.

Couldn't have done it without you. Benat Intxausti (Movistar) shares the spoils of success at the Tour of Beijing.
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Benat Inxausti (Movistar) held off David Lopez (Sky) and Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) to win the 2013 Tour of Beijing.

Benat Inxausti (Movistar) held off David Lopez (Sky) and Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) to win the 2013 Tour of Beijing.
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Marco Pinotti and Juan Antonio Flecha marked their final day in the peloton by going on the attack.

Marco Pinotti and Juan Antonio Flecha marked their final day in the peloton by going on the attack.
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All the protagonists of the 2013 Tour of Beijing, including the ever-present panda.

All the protagonists of the 2013 Tour of Beijing, including the ever-present panda.
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The Tour of Beijing passes Tiananmen Square.

The Tour of Beijing passes Tiananmen Square.
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The peloton rides past the Bird's Nest stadium on the final day of the Tour of Beijing.

The peloton rides past the Bird's Nest stadium on the final day of the Tour of Beijing.
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Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) wins stage 2 of the Tour of Beijing.

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) wins stage 2 of the Tour of Beijing.
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The third edition of the Tour of Beijing brought the curtain down on the WorldTour calendar for 2013, with Benat Intxausti (Movistar) emerging victorious ahead of Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) and David Lopez (Sky).

In 2011 and 2012, the final destination of the red jersey was decided early on as Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step) powered to early stage victories, but this time around, the summit finish at Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain on the penultimate day added a greater degree of suspense to proceedings. This was where Intxausti laid the foundation for his overall victory, slipping off the front of the leading group two kilometres from the summit to claim stage honours and the red jersey.

The excitement was not limited to the lone summit finish, however. Stage 1 saw Thor Hushovd (BMC) claim a victory that he hopes will augur well for 2014 after two mixed campaigns, Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) emphatically underlined his class with two smart sprint wins in Yanqing and Qiandiajian, while Luka Mezgec (Argos-Shimano) got his just reward after a string of near misses when he won the final stage outside the striking Bird’s Nest Stadium.

The race also saw newly-crowned world champion Rui Costa enjoy his final outing as a Movistar rider, and his performance helped capture the teams classification in the final WorldTour rankings.

Like last year, Dan Martin was an aggressive presence in the race, but this time around, he had a familiar ursine friend on hand to offer support – the Tour of Beijing panda was a recurring presence on the roadside.

Check out Cyclingnews’ Tour of Beijing picture gallery here.