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A Look Back at This Year’s Tour de France (Photos)

PARIS — Through the villages and across the mountains, the Tour de France took its pack of cyclists on a cross-country journey that culminated on the Champs-Elysees.

A new champion, Jonas Vingegaard of Denmark, won the race on Sunday, finishing off a three-week trek that took riders from the Danish capital of Copenhagen and down the eastern side of the country through the Alps and into the south. From there, it was back to Paris for the end.

The Associated Press had photographers along the route the whole way, taking pictures of the riders, the fans and the scenery as the world’s most prestigious race twisted and turned its way up the famous Alpe d’Huez and past other national monuments.

FILE – Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar and his teammates ride during a training near Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
FILE – Britain’s Fred Wright rides during the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 13.2 kilometers (8.2 miles) with start and finish in Copenhagen, Denmark, Friday, July 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
FILE – The pack rides over the Great Belt Bridge during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 202.5 kilometers (125.8 miles) with start in Roskilde and finish in Nyborg, Denmark, Saturday, July 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File)
FILE – A woman cheers the riders, as she stands at her window, during the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 171.5 kilometers (106.6 miles) with start in Dunkerque and finish in Calais, France, Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File)
FILE – The pack rides during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 182 kilometers (113 miles) with start in Vejle and finish in Sonderborg, Denmark, Sunday, July 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
FILE – Riders pass over the cobblestones during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 157 kilometers (97.6 miles) with start in Lille Metropole and finish in Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, France, Wednesday, July 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
FILE – Spectators watch the breakaway group pass during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 193 kilometers (119.9 miles) with start in Aigle, Switzerland and finish in Chatel les Portes du Soleil, France, Sunday, July 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
FILE – The pack climbs Lacets de Montvernier during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 152 kilometers (94.4 miles) with start in Albertville and finish in Col du Granon Serre Chevalier, France, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
FILE – Stage winner Belgium’s Jasper Philipsen, front, crosses the finish line ahead of second place Belgium’s Wout Van Aert, rear, and third place Denmark’s Mads Pedersen, center, in the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 202.5 kilometers (125.5 miles) with start in Rodez and finish in Carcassonne, France, Sunday, July 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
FILE – Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, and Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar, wearing the best young rider’s white jersey, climb during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 143.5 kilometers (89.2 miles) with start in Lourdes and finish in Hautacam, France, Thursday, July 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File)
FILE – Alphajets of the Patrouille de France fly over the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees as the riders pass during the twenty-first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 116 kilometers (72 miles) with start in Paris la Defense Arena and finish on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, Sunday, July 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File)
FILE – Tour de France winner Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, celebrates after the twenty-first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 116 kilometers (72 miles) with start in Paris la Defense Arena and finish on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, Sunday, July 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

 

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