2014 The Season in photos

by CyclingTips


We flounder with short attention spans through the buzz of viral content and modern culture, but with one instant captured in 1/1000th of a second you sometimes need to stop, drown in the image and absorb the moment.

With so many of these moments in 2014 captured by our talented and dedicated photographers, we can look back at the pro cycling season and tumble into its most significant and pure events and see them as one, or as a whole.

For all of its elation, suffering, disappointment, scandal and magnificence that the summation of these moments depict, this is what “the beauty of cycling” means to me.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these moments in 2014 as much as we have. Thanks for coming along on the journey with us.

 

 

 

Tour Down Under

The 2014 season started out with a bang for Ulissi Diego, Cadel Evans, and Simon Gerrans at the Tour Down Under. Later in the season Diego tested positive for the asthma drug salbutamol, in which he had twice the permitted amount in his system.






Tour Down Under (2.UWT) Adelaide → Adelaide

GREIPEL André
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GREIPEL André Lotto Belisol
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RENSHAW Mark Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
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FENN Andrew Omega Pharma - Quick-Step

GERRANS Simon

GERRANS Simon

HANSEN Adam

HAIG Jack

Orica GreenEDGE

Gent-Wevelgem

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Gent Wevelgem “photoguy” became a meme hit on social media after this foolish manoeuvre in the race

Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields ME (1.UWT) Deinze → Wevelgem

DEGENKOLB John
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DEGENKOLB John Team Giant - Shimano
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SAGAN Peter Cannondale

Milan-San Remo

While the weather in the 2014 edition of Milan – San Remo was atrocious, it still didn’t amount to the truly epic conditions of 2013


Milano-Sanremo (1.UWT) Milano → Sanremo

KRISTOFF Alexander
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KRISTOFF Alexander Team Katusha
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CANCELLARA Fabian Trek Factory Racing
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SWIFT Ben Team Sky

Tour of Flanders

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Fabian Cancellara showed supreme confidence mid-race while he drifted to the back of the race convoy, had a stretch, and made his way back to the front to go on to win the race

 



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Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres ME (1.UWT) Brugge → Oudenaarde

CANCELLARA Fabian
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CANCELLARA Fabian Trek Factory Racing
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VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC Racing Team
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VANMARCKE Sep Belkin-Pro Cycling Team

Scheldeprijs

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Scheldeprijs (1.HC) Antwerpen → Schoten

KITTEL Marcel
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KITTEL Marcel Team Giant - Shimano
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FARRAR Tyler Garmin Sharp
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VAN POPPEL Danny Trek Factory Racing

Paris-Roubaix







Paris - Roubaix (1.UWT) Compiègne → Roubaix

TERPSTRA Niki
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TERPSTRA Niki Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
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DEGENKOLB John Team Giant - Shimano
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CANCELLARA Fabian Trek Factory Racing

Amstel Gold Race

 

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Andy and Frank Schelck in one of their first races together after Frank’s return from suspension. Andy never returned to his previous form after recovering from injury and announced his retirement later in the season
Davide Rebellin, 43 years old now, had won a then unprecedented string of victories in 2004 with Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. He is still racing trying to reach the World Tour again and reached 13th position in the 2014 edition of Amstel Gold.


Philppe Gilbert takes his third Amstel Gold Race after making his trademark move at the bottom of the Cauberg
Simon Gerrans was chastised for not drinking the race sponsor's beer on the podium, but one week later he was in the top podium spot at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Simon Gerrans was chastised for not drinking the race sponsor’s beer on the podium, but one week later he was in the top podium spot at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Amstel Gold Race (1.UWT) Maastricht → Berg en Terblijt

GILBERT Philippe
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GILBERT Philippe BMC Racing Team
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VANENDERT Jelle Lotto Belisol
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GERRANS Simon Orica GreenEDGE

La Flèche Wallonne

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La Flèche Wallonne (1.UWT) Bastogne → Mur de Huy

VALVERDE Alejandro
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VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team
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MARTIN Dan Garmin Sharp
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KWIATKOWSKI Michał Omega Pharma - Quick-Step

Liege-Bastogne-Liege

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Dan Martin was poised to win his second L-B-L in as many years when he crashed on the final corner


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Liège - Bastogne - Liège (1.UWT) Liège → Ans

GERRANS Simon
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GERRANS Simon Orica GreenEDGE
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VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team
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KWIATKOWSKI Michał Omega Pharma - Quick-Step

Giro d’Italia

Ireland played host to the 2014 Giro d’Italia starting in Belfast, ending in Dublin, the race travelled across Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.









They climbed the Gavia and the Stelvio, with metres of snow lining the roadside, and when it came time to descend the Stelvio in horrendous conditions, confusion struck. Some riders thought the descent was neutralised while others didn’t, and in the meantime Nairo Quintana (Movistar) got off the front in small group. He would go on to win the stage at the top of the third and final climb of the day, taking the maglia rosa from Uran, his close friend and former housemate.


Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) continued what was a dominant display from the Australians in the Giro so far, attacking on a descent with 20km to go on stage 11 and managing to stay away for the first Grand Tour stage victory in his long career.

Giro d'Italia (2.UWT) Gemona del Friuli → Trieste

MEZGEC Luka
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MEZGEC Luka Team Giant - Shimano
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NIZZOLO Giacomo Trek Factory Racing
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FARRAR Tyler Garmin Sharp

QUINTANA Nairo

BOUHANNI Nacer

ARREDONDO Julián David

QUINTANA Nairo

AG2R La Mondiale

Dauphine

Froome crashed heavily on stage 6, losing more than a little skin, and while the peloton waited and Froome didn’t lose any time to his rivals as a result of the crash, the crash seemingly hampered Froome in the remaining two stages.
There were no stage wins for Andrew Talansky, and no podium placing throughout the race either. Instead he was there when it counted, climbing with the best and ensuring he minimised his losses whenever necessary. He put himself in contention with a great fourth place in the first stage ITT and improved from there before making the most of a decisive break on the final day to win the overall

Critérium du Dauphiné (2.UWT) Megève → Courchevel Le Praz

NIEVE Mikel
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NIEVE Mikel Team Sky
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BARDET Romain AG2R La Mondiale
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YATES Adam Orica GreenEDGE

TALANSKY Andrew

FROOME Chris

DE MARCHI Alessandro

KELDERMAN Wilco

Astana Pro Team

Tour de France

 

Mark Cavendish lay with a broken collarbone after crashing in stage 1 in front of a hometown crowd. He would not go on to continue the race
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The crowds in Yorkshire were unprecedented. While the support was outstanding, the riders were politely outspoken about dangerous fans who got far too close to the action





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With Chris Froome abandoning the race Richie Port assumed the team leadership and managed to move up to third place overall before falling ill.





After 21 years of following the biggest bike races in the world, “Didi The Devil” Senft called it quits at the end of 2014. Didi has become a true icon of the Tour de France (and many other races) since he started appearing by the roadside in the early 1990s.







Tour de France (2.UWT)

KITTEL Marcel
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KITTEL Marcel Team Giant - Shimano
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KRISTOFF Alexander Team Katusha
3
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramūnas Garmin Sharp

NIBALI Vincenzo

SAGAN Peter

MAJKA Rafał

PINOT Thibaut

AG2R La Mondiale

Vuelta a Espana


The heat during the Vuelta brought the MLS “Ice Bucket Challenge” to Spain where riders and staff willingly took part












Vuelta a España (2.UWT) Santiago de Compostela → Santiago de Compostela

MALORI Adriano
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MALORI Adriano Movistar Team
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SERGENT Jesse Trek Factory Racing
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DENNIS Rohan BMC Racing Team

MALORI Adriano

CONTADOR Alberto

DEGENKOLB John

SÁNCHEZ Luis León

Team Katusha

World Championships


World Championships - Road Race (WC) Ponferrada → Ponferrada

KWIATKOWSKI Michał
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GERRANS Simon Australia

Il Lombardia

Il Lombardia 2014  2014

Il Lombardia 2014  2014