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Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 21a tappa Sevres - Paris Champs Elysees 109.5 km - 26/07/2015 - Veduta - foto Vincent Kalut/PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

Gallery: A Look Back At The 2015 Tour de France

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A year seems so long ago, so we decided to give you a refresher on what happened throughout the 2015 Tour de France. Don’t forget to keep up with the action this year with daily stage routes, results, and galleries all found under TDF 2016 on the navigation bar.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 1a tappa Utrecht - Utrecht 13.8 km - 04/07/2015 - Tony Martin (Etixx - Quick Step) - foto Wessel van Keuk/CV/BettiniPhoto©2015

The 102nd edition of the Tour de France covered 2,088 miles over 21 stages, which began with a time trial in The Netherlands.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 2a tappa Utrecht - Zelande 166 km - 05/07/2015 - Veduta - Ventagli - foto Wessel Van Keuk/CV/BettiniPhoto©2015

A hectic first few stages kept riders in a fight for position on the mostly flat, windy Dutch roads.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 3a tappa Anvers - Huy 159.5 km - 06/07/2015 - Michael Matthews (Orica - GreenEdge) - foto Graham Watson/BettiniPhoto©2015

On Stage 3 a major wreck took out more than 20 riders including race leader Fabian Cancellara. Cancellara went on to finish the day, but lost his jersey to Chris Froome.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 4a tappa Seraing - Cambrai 223.5 km - 07/07/2015 - Michal Kwiatkowski - Tony Martin (Etixx - Quick Step) - foto Nico Vereecken/PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

A mini Paris-Roubaix was back again in 2015, but unlike the previous year when rain and mud wreaked havoc on the peloton (especially Chris Froome), dry conditions kept the gaps relatively small by the finish.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 5a tappa Arras - Amiens 189.5 km - 08/07/2015 - Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) - foto Nico Vereecken/PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) proved he was far and away the best sprinter at the Tour last year, taking four stage wins.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 6a tappa Abbeville - Le Havre 191.5 km - 09/07/2015 - Tony Martin (Etixx - Quick Step) - foto POOL Stephane Mantey/L'Equipe/BettiniPhoto©2015

After Cancellara crashed while wearing yellow, Tony Martin (Etixx – Quick Step) had the same fate just days later.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 7a tappa Livarot - Fougeres 190.5 km - 10/07/2015 - Peter Sagan (Tinkoff - Saxo) - foto Graham Watson/BettiniPhoto©2015

Stage wins evaded Peter Sagan once again, but he did take his fourth consecutive green points jersey quite handily.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 8a tappa Rennes - Mur de Bretagne 181.5 km - 11/07/2015 - Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN - Qhubeka) - foto Dion Kerckhoffs/CV/BettiniPhoto©2015

Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN – Qhubeka) spent a few days in the polka dot climbers jersey, a first for a black African rider.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 10a tappa Tarbes to La Pierre-Saint-Martin 167 km - 14/07/2015 - Nairo Quintana (Movistar) - foto PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has yet to finish outside of the top-2 overall at the Tour de France after second place finishes in 2013 and 2015. He has also claimed the young riders jersey in each of those years.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 12a tappa Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille 195 km - 16/07/2015 - Veduta - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015

Once in the high mountains after Stage 10, the list of overall favorites was trimmed down substantially.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 6a tappa Abbeville - Le Havre 191.5 km - 09/07/2015 - Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015

2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was one of the big favorites that lost big time in the early climbing stages and could only muster a fourth place finish come Paris.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 12a tappa Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille 195 km - 16/07/2015 - Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015

Movistar’s dual attack plan of Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana worked out well enough for both riders to end up on the overall podium in second and third, but they weren’t able to knock Froome off the top step.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 13a tappa Muret - Rodez 198.5 km- 17/07/2015 - Veduta - foto Graham Watson/BettiniPhoto©2015

And of course, the sunflower shot can not be left out.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 14a tappa Rodez - Mende 178.5 km- 18/07/2015 - Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015

America’s best hope of a podium position was Tejay Van Garderen (BMC). Unfortunately, he was forced to pull out of the Tour on Stage 17 due to a respiratory infection.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 18a tappa Gap - Saint Jean de Maurienne 186.5 km - 23/07/2015 - Veduta - Lacets de Montvernier - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015

Lacets de Montvernier ended up being added to the bucket list of epic climbs after debuting in the Tour.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 19a tappa Saint Jean de Maurienne - La Toussuire 138 km - 24/07/2015 - Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) - foto Vincent Kalut/PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

Nibali got his swagger back and took the win on Stage 19, keeping the Tour from being a total loss.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 20a tappa Alpe d'huet - 20/07/2015 - Alpe d'Huez - foto Nico Vereecken/PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

The penultimate day finished atop Alpe d’Huez, one of the most famous climbs in France. The already raucous spectators had much to cheer as Frenchman Thibaut Pinot went on to take the stage win.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 21a tappa Sevres - Paris Champs Elysees 109.5 km - 26/07/2015 - Veduta - foto Vincent Kalut/PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

As always, Stage 21 finished in Paris on the Champs Elysees. Andre Greipel snagged the final stage, his fourth victory of the race.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 21a tappa Sevres - Paris Champs Elysees 109.5 km - 26/07/2015 - Christopher Froome (Team Sky) - Nairo Quintana - Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) - foto Ilario Biondi/BettiniPhoto©2015

Tour de France 2015 -1st Christopher Froome (Team Sky), 2nd Nairo Quintana, 3rd Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). All three will be back in 2016 looking to fight for the overall victory.

 

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