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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

The Tour de France Told In 21 Images

July 27, 2015
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Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 1a tappa Utrecht - Utrecht 13.8 km - 04/07/2015 - Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) - foto Gert Bonestro/CV/BettiniPhoto©2015

Utrecht, Netherlands was home to the 13.8 km Stage 1 time trial, where Alberto Contador began his bid for the Giro-Tour double.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 2a tappa Utrecht - Zelande 166 km - 05/07/2015 - Zdenek Stybar (Etixx - Quick Step) - foto Graham Watson/BettiniPhoto©2015

An easy start to the Tour would not be in the cards with wrecks and cross winds haunting the peloton from the get-go.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 3a tappa Anvers - Huy 159.5 km - 06/07/2015 - Caduta - foto Graham Watson/BettiniPhoto©2015

A grisly wreck took out a large portion of the peloton on Stage 3. Yellow jersey holder Fabian Cancellara managed to finish the stage with broken vertebrae, but would not be starting Stage 4.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 4a tappa Seraing - Cambrai 223.5 km - 07/07/2015 - Peter Sagan (Tinkoff - Saxo) - foto Nico Vereecken/PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

The cobbles on Stage 4 didn’t prove to be the undoing of many GC hitters thanks to the dry conditions this time.

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

Andre Greipel started winning early and kept up the momentum all the way until the finish in Paris.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 6a tappa Abbeville - Le Havre 191.5 km - 09/07/2015 - Tony Martin (Etixx - Quick Step) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015

Another yellow jersey hits the deck when Tony Martin falls within sight of the finish. A broken collarbone spelled the end of his time in yellow and at the Tour.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 7a tappa Livarot - Fougeres 190.5 km - 10/07/2015 - Mark Cavendish (Etixx - Quick Step) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015

Stage 7 would prove to be a much needed victory for Mark Cavendish, but it would be his only success of the race.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 8a tappa Rennes - Mur de Bretagne 181.5 km - 11/07/2015 - Rafal Majka - Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff - Saxo) - foto Graham Watson/BettiniPhoto©2015

Hot, hot weather impacted the race in the first two weeks, keeping the bottle-fetchers busy throughout the stages.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 9a tappa Vannes - Plumelec 28 km - 12/07/2015 - BMC - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015

BMC pulled off a big win in the Stage 9 TTT, beating Sky by just 1 second and keeping Tejay van Garderen in with a shot of the podium come Paris. Unfortunately, Tejay never made it to Paris.

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

After a stellar first week of racing by Chris Froome and his Sky team, the first real mountain day belonged to the Brit.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 11a tappa Pau - Cauterets 188 km - 15/07/2015 - Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) - foto Graham Watson/BettiniPhoto©2015

Tommy Voeckler isn’t quite the threat that he was earlier in his career, but not from lack of trying. Voeckler and many of his Europcar teammates animated the breakaways in the second and third weeks.

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

A few days in the Pyrenees sorted out the GC riders quickly.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 13a tappa Muret - Rodez 198.5 km- 17/07/2015 - Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) - Peter Sagan (Tinkoff - Saxo) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015

A painful near miss by Peter Sagan was pure jubilance for BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet on Stage 13.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 14a tappa Rodez - Mende 178.5 km- 18/07/2015 - Stephen Cummings (MTN - Qhubeka) - Rigoberto Uran (Etixx - Quick Step) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2015

Stephen Cummings made history for his MTN-Qhubeka team on Stage 14. As the first African team to ever ride in the Tour de France, Cummings earned them a spectacular stage win with a last-minute come-from-behind effort.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 15a tappa Mende - Valence 183 km- 19/07/2015 - Veduta - foto Vincent Kalut/PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

Even on the ‘sprinter’ stages there were few truly flat roads to be found.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 16a tappa Bourg de Peage - Gap 201 km- 20/07/2015 - Veduta - foto Nico Vereecken/PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

Yes, he was here too.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 17a tappa Digne les Bains - Pra Loup 161 km - 22/07/2015 -  Simon Geschke (Team Giant - Alpecin) - foto Vincent Kalut/PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

Without sprinter Marcel Kittel in the ranks, Giant-Alpecin had to look to others for Tour success. German Simon Geschke came up big with his mountain top win aboard the new Giant TCR Advanced SL.

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

The Stage 18 climb up Lacets de Montvernier proved to be the most spectacular looking climb of the Tour and one that made its way onto many  cyclist’s bucket list.

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

Down but not out, defending champion Vincenzo Nibali saved his pride by taking Stage 19 and helped seal up 5th overall.

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

‘Dutch Corner’ on Alpe d’Huez is known as the most raucous part of the climb, and it once again lived up to its name. Much to the pleasure of the French fans, Froome suffered and Thibaut Pinot was victorious on the final day before Paris.

Tour de France 2015 - 102a Edizione - 21a tappa Sevres - Paris Champs Elysees 109.5 km - 26/07/2015 - Christopher Froome (Team Sky) - foto Vincent Kalut/PN/BettiniPhoto©2015

And 21 stages later, Chris Froome nabbed his second Tour title along with the mountain jersey, Sagan earned the green jersey once again, and Quintana took home the young riders jersey and second overall.

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