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Le Tour in 21 Images

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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Tour de France - 21 Stages, almost infinite drama. Over the last three weeks, the Tour wrote its script for 2014 over packed English roads, cruel cobbles and sun-splashed mountains. We’ve collected one image from each stage by the pros at Tim De Waele/TDWSport.com and BrakeThrough Media to try to capture the Tour’s diversity of drama.

Stage 1 Leeds - Harrogate: High-hopes for a stage win and yellow jersey end in injury after a crash in the final sprint for Mark Cavendish. His teammates at Omega Pharma – Quick-Step would be by his side and would go on to ride an inspired race. Photo ©Tim De Waele

Stage 2 York - Sheffield: Huge crowds in Great Britain would get close (sometimes too close) to the action. Peter Sagan of Cannondale Pro Cycling finishes fourth as he started to secure his third consecutive green points jersey. Photo ©Tim De Waele

Stage 3 Cambridge - London: Peter Sagan second and Cavendish leadout specialist Mark Renshaw of Omega Pharma – Quick-Step third as the Tour races by the most iconic sights of London. ©BrakeThrough Media

Stage 4 Le Touquet-Paris-Plage - Lille Métropole: Peter Sagan of Cannondale Pro Cycling placed fourth, continuing his consistently high finishes. Sagan excels on many sorts of courses, helping him to have won the green jersey each year since 2012. Points for the jersey are awarded on intermediate sprints and the finish line. ©BrakeThrough Media


Stage 5 Ypres - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut: The stage was designed to commemorate the start of World War I a century ago. The riders faced harsh conditions in Belgium and France over slick cobbles and pavement. Tony Martin rode aggressively, a sign of things to come. ©BrakeThrough Media

Stage 6 Arras - Reims: A flat 194km stage ending in a bunch gallop. But no day is easy at the Tour. Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, changing strategies with Mark Cavendish out of the race, still rode at the front with Michał Kwiatkowski wearing the best young rider’s white jersey. Photo ©Tim De Waele

Stage 7 Épernay - Nancy: Matteo Trentin of Omega Pharma – Quick-Step outspints Peter Sagan in what would be a photo finish in an intense finale. ©BrakeThrough Media


Stage 8 Tomblaine - Gérardmer La Mauselaine: Paris-Roubaix champ Niki Terpstra of Omega Pharma – Quick-Step made the day’s breakaway, battling rivals and the elements…. Two constant opponents at the Tour de France. Photo ©Tim De Waele


Stage 9 Gérardmer - Mulhouse: Tony Martin of Omega Pharma – Quick-Step won a hilly stage in grand style, riding the last 59km alone. This Tour, the world time trial champ emerged as an even more remarkable rider. Photo ©Tim De Waele

Stage 10 Mulhouse - La Planche des Belles Filles: Team Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador crashed on a descent. Couragously, he’d remount and chase with what would later be diagnosed as a broken leg before abandoning the race. Omega Pharma - Quick-Step also battled on without its top star, Mark Cavendish, with Tony Martin in the climber's jersey and Michał Kwiatkowski in the best young rider's jersey. Photo ©Tim De Waele


 Stage 11 Besançon - Oyonnax: Fans of Cannondale Pro Cycling’s Peter Sagan show their passion. Sagan by this point in the race was solidly in green as he kept hunting for a stage victory. ©BrakeThrough Media


Stage 12 Bourg-en-Bresse - Saint-Étienne: With a flat stage for the day, Peter Sagan of Cannondale Pro Cycling who would finish second on the day. ©BrakeThrough Media


Stage 13 Saint-Étienne - Chamrousse: The Tour de France is all about the determination and the strategy. Cannondale Pro Cycling’s Alessandro De Marchi, front amid the sunflowers, put up a good fight on the day to earn honors as the race’s most combative rider of the day. ©BrakeThrough Media

Stage 14 Grenoble – Risoul: There’s nothing like the Tour in the high mountains. Rafal Majka of Tinkoff-Saxo would win his first stage. ©BrakeThrough Media


Stage 15 Tallard – Nîmes: More spectacular scenery on a day where the peloton came down from the hills. Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Pro Cycling rides on together. ©BrakeThrough Media


Stage 16 Carcassonne - Bagnères-de-Luchon: Michael Rogers of Tinkoff-Saxo still shows the intensity of his effort on his face as he begins his celebration for winning the day’s mountain stage. ©BrakeThrough Media

Stage 17 Saint-Gaudens - Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet: Riding through a tunnel of Tour fans, Rafal Majka of Tinkoff-Saxo rides his way to his second stage victory and his team’s second consecutive stage win. ©BrakeThrough Media

Stage 18 Pau – Hautacam: The Tour’s final day in the mountains ends with a legendary and formidable climb. Photo ©Tim De Waele


Stage 19 Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour – Bergerac: Rain ruled the day as the riders head into the Tour's final weekend. Photo ©Tim De Waele


Stage 20 Bergerac – Périgueux: World Time Trial Champ Tony Martin made the most of the Tour’s only race against the clock. The German on Omega Pharma – Quick-Step was in a class by himself on the 54km hilly course, claiming victory with an impressive 1:39 over second place. ©BrakeThrough Media

Stage 20 Évry - Paris Champs-Élysées: Le Tour’s final day is about speed, grandeur and celebration, the end of a memorable and dramatic journey. We congratulate Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, Cannondale Pro Cycling and Tinkoff-Saxo for their accomplishments. ©Tim De Waele

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