Tour de France 2017: Best photos

Updated 1056 GMT (1856 HKT) August 13, 2018
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Against the backdrop of the Arc de Triomphe, Britain's Chris Froome rides to his fourth Tour de France win. ASO/Bruno BADE
Froome toasts a member of his team during the last stage of the Tour de France race. Benoit Tessier/AP
"Each time I've won the Tour it's been so unique, so different, such a different battle to get to this moment," said Froome. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
"This year I think will be remembered for certainly being the closest and most hard-fought battle," added Froome. The Briton controlled much of the Tour but on stage 12 Italy's Fabio Aru did take hold of the yellow jersey. Chris Graythen/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Marcel Kittel of Germany and the Quick-Step Floors team celebrates his victory in stage two of the 2017 Tour de France, a 203.5 kilometer ride from Dusseldorf to Liege. With five stage wins already this year, the 29-year-old is just two away from breaking into the top 10 riders with most stage wins in history. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
France's Thomas Boudat rides in the rain in a breakaway during the second stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images
Great Britain's Geraint Thomas (C) wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey rides in the pack past supporters during the 212,5 km third stage. The Welshman won the leader's jersey after victory in the first stage and held onto it until the fifth, when teammate Chris Froome surged into the overall lead. However, Thomas had to withdraw from the race after breaking his collarbone on the tough Col de la Biche descent on stage nine. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Peter Sagan (2-L) of Slovakia flicks his elbow towards Team Dimension Data rider Mark Cavendish (L) during the final sprint of the fourth stage. Sagan was subsequently disqualified from the Tour, before making an unsuccessful appeal to CAS. Cavendish suffered an injured shoulder which ended his hopes of overtaking Eddy Merckx as the Tour's most prolific stage winner. YOAN VALAT/EPA
Cavendish is interviewed by the media following treatment to his shoulder. The Briton was ruled out after scans showed a broken shoulder blade. Tim de Waele/Corbis Sport/Getty Images
The pack rides past a sunflower field during the 207.5 km fourth stage of the Tour between Mondorf-les-Bains and Vittel. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images
The pack, including Thomas (C) wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides during the 160.5 km fifth stage between Vittel and La Planche des Belles Filles. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
The fifth stage the Tour was the last time Thomas wore the yellow jersey. The 31-year-old, one of Froome's key helpers in the mountains, was forced out of this year's race after breaking his collarbone on stage nine, calling it "a bitter pill to swallow." LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images
Kittel celebrates winning stage six of the Tour de France between Vesoul and Troyes (216km), his second victory of 2017. Jean Catuffe/Getty Images
The riders take in the picturesque eighth stage of the Tour betweenDole and Station des Rousses. Lilian Calmejane delighted the home fans by recording a second French victory of this year's Tour. Tim De Waele/Corbis/Getty Images
A horse rider is pictured in front of the pack as a media helicopter flies overhead during the seventh stage between Troyes and Nuits-Saint-Georges. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
The peloton jostles during the 213.5 km seventh stage. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Calmejane remarkably still won the eighth stage despite coming off his bike with a bout of cramp. Tim De Waele/Corbis/Getty Images
Richie Porte receives medical assistance after his horror crash during stage nine. The Aussie sustained a fractured right collarbone and pelvis on the descent of the Mont du Chat. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
The pack rides in the rain during the ninth stage between Nantua and Chambery. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
The peloton rides past an emergency helicopter during stage nine. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Team Astana's Alexey Lutsenko is helped from the bushes after crashing during stage nine from Nantua to Chambéry. The same corner claimed Lutsenko's teammate Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev as another victim, with Thomas suffering the same fate as the chasing pack arrived minutes later. Chris Graythen/Getty Images
The pack of riders in action during the nine stage of the Tour de France. YOAN VALAT/EPA