As the finale of the world's most prestigious cycling event approaches, IBTimesUK looks back at the best photos from this year's Tour de France.

Tour de France 2015 photos
4 July 2015: France's Pierre Rolland competes in a 13.8km individual time trial, the first stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France, in Utrecht, the NetherlandsLionel Bonaventure/AFP
Tour de France 2015 photos
5 July 2015: The peloton rides along the North Sea coast during stage two of the 2015 Tour de France, a 166km ride between Utrecht and Zelande in the NetherlandsBryn Lennon/Getty Images
Tour de France 2015 photos
6 July 2015: Daryl Impey, William Bonnet, Simon Gerrans, Jose Mendes, Greg Henderson and Ramon Sinkeldam lie on the ground after being involved in a crash during stage three of the 2015 Tour de France from Anvers to Huy in BelgiumDoug Pensinger/Getty Images
Tour de France 2015 photos
6 July 2015: William Bonnet of France, riding for FDJ, is attended to after being involved in a crash in stage three with 65km remainingDoug Pensinger/Getty Images
Tour de France 2015 photos
6 July 2015: Australia's Michael Matthews rides after the crash during the third stage of the Tour de FranceJeff Pachoud/AFP
Tour de France 2015 photos
7 July 2015: The peloton rides at the start of stage four of the 2015 Tour de France, a 223.5km stage between Seraing in Belgium and Cambrai in FranceBryn Lennon/Getty Images
Tour de France 2015 photos
7 July 2015: The peloton crosses a bridge in Namur, Belgium, during stage four of the 2015 Tour de France, a 223.5km stage between Seraing and CambraiBryn Lennon/Getty Images
Tour de France 2015 photos
8 July 2015: The pack rides past a wheat field during the 189.5km fifth stage between Arras and Amiens, northern FranceEric Feferberg/AFP
Tour de France 2015 photos
9 July 2015: The pack rides past a brightly coloured field during the 191.5km sixth stage between Abbeville and Le Havre, northern FranceEric Feferberg/AFP
Tour de France 2015 photos
9 July 2015: A French cycling fan sits on a bike suspended from a crane during the sixth stage of the Tour de France from Abbeville to Le Havre, FranceEric Gaillard/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
9 July 2015: Etixx-Quick Step rider Tony Martin of Germany, in the race leader's yellow jersey, is supported by team mates Julien Vermote of Belgium and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland after a fall during the 191.5km sixth stage of the Tour de France from Abbeville to Le HavreBenoit Tessier/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
10 July 2015: A banner celebrating the jerseys of Le Tour adorn the sky at the start of stage seven of the 2015 Tour de France from Livarot to FougeresDoug Pensinger/Getty Images
Tour de France 2015 photos
10 July 2015: Riders make their way past Didi Senft, a cycling enthusiast better known as El Diablo (The Devil), during the 190.5km seventh stage of the Tour de France from Livarot to FougeresEric Gaillard/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
10 July 2015: Fans are sprayed with water to cool them down at the finish line of the seventh stage between Livarot and FougeresJeff Pachoud/AFP
Tour de France 2015 photos
14 July 2015: Photographers are reflected in the sunglasses worn by Eritrea's Daniel Teklehaimanot as he waits for the start of the 167km 10th stage between Tarbes and La Pierre-Saint-MartinJeff Pachoud/AFP
Tour de France 2015 photos
14 July 2015: Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky signals to fans to move out of the way as he climbs the Col de Soudet during stage ten between Tarbes and La Pierre-Saint-MartinBryn Lennon/Getty Images
Tour de France 2015 photos
14 July 2015: A supporter wearing a giant version of a traditional Basque beret waits at the finish line of the 10th stage of the Tour de France from Tarbes to La Pierre-Saint-MartinStefano Rellandini/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
15 July 2015: A child greets race leader Chris Froome of Britain before the start of the 188km 11th stage of the Tour de France from Pau to Cauterets in the French PyreneesStefano Rellandini/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
15 July 2015: The peloton rides in the Pyrenees between between Pau and Cauterets during stage eleven of the 2015 Tour de FranceDoug Pensinger/Getty Images
Tour de France 2015 photos
15 July 2015: Supporters wearing Morph suits cheer riders on during the 11th stage, in the mountainsEric Gaillard/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
15 July 2015: Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain climbs the Tourmalet pass with a group of riders during the 11th stage of the 102nd Tour de France, from Pau to Cauterets in the PyreneesStefano Rellandini/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
15 July 2015: Willy from Antwerp, a fan of US cyclists, waits for the peloton to pass during the 11th stageEric Gaillard/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
16 July 2015: Spectators shelter from heavy rain and hail as they wait for the pack to pass them during the 12th stage from Lannemezan to Plateau De BeilleEric Gaillard/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
16 July 2015: Katusha rider Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 195km 12th stage from Lannemezan to Plateau de BeilleEric Gaillard/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
17 July 2015: A group of riders cycle past a field of sunflowers during the 198.5km 13th stage of the Tour de France from Muret to RodezEric Gaillard/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
17 July 2015: Fans strip off to show their support for the riders as they pass by during stage 13 of the 2015 Tour de France, a 198.5km stage between Muret and RodezDoug Pensinger/Getty Images
Tour de France 2015 photos
18 July 2015: Cannondale-Garmin rider Kristijan Koren of Slovenia drinks as he climbs during the 178.5km 14th stage of the Tour de France from Rodez to MendeStefano Rellandini/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
19 July 2015: The pack cycles during the 15th stage of the 102nd Tour de France from Mende to ValenceStefano Rellandini/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
19 July 2015: A fan wearing a mask cheers on Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France during the 183km 15th stage from Mende to ValenceBenoit Tessier/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
20 July 2015: The pack rides past vineyards during the 201km 16th stage between Bourg-de-Peage and Gap, southern FranceJeff Pachoud/AFP
Tour de France 2015 photos
22 July 2015: The pack enters in a tunnel during the 161km 17th stage between Digne-les-Bains and Pra Loup, south east FranceLionel Bonaventure/AFP
Tour de France 2015 photos
22 July 2015: A girl rides a horse alongside the breakaway group of riders during the 161km 17th stage of the 102nd Tour de France from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup in the French AlpsStefano Rellandini/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
23 July 2015: Astana rider Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark speeds downhill during the 18th stage from Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in the French AlpsStefano Rellandini/Reuters
Tour de France 2015 photos
23 July 2015: Cyclists climb the Lacets de Montvernier during the 18th stage of the Tour de France between Gap and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in the French AlpsEric Feferberg/AFP
Tour de France 2015 photos
23 July 2015: Team Sky riders Geraint Thomas and race leader Chris Froome of Britain cycle during the 186.5km 18th stage of the Tour de France from Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in the French AlpsBenoit Tessier/Reuters