We've selected our favourite images from the 2014 Tour of Britain taken by Andy Jones

The 11th edition of the reborn Tour of Britain proved that the nation’s appetite for bike racing is not waning. Throughout the race, from its start in Liverpool to its conclusion in London a week later, the roads were lined with enthusiastic fans.

Live television broadcasts from every stage and an unusually kind run of warm, rain-free weather helped the race along, bringing the event to a wide audience and showing off the great British countryside at its best. The riders themselves acclaimed it as the toughest ever Tour of Britain, and arguably the best.

Cycling Weekly photographer Andy Jones followed the race from beginning to end, capturing not just the action as it unfolded but also the places and people of the 2014 Tour of Britain.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep, Tour of Britain 2014 team presentationMark Cavendish and Omega Pharma-QuickStep line up in Liverpool for the team presentation, and come dressed for the occasion in grey hoodies, trackie Bs and trainers.

Bradley Wiggins, Tour of Britain 2014 team presentation Attention falls on defending champion Bradley Wiggins during the team presentation

Toby and friends, Tour of Britain 2014 stage oneSky’s Ben Swift and Ian Stannard (right) pose with official race mascot Toby

Marcel Kittel wins, Tour of Britain 2014 stage oneMarcel Kittel wins one of the few straight-up sprints against rival Mark Cavendish (right) that the two have encountered this season. Cavendish had earlier been involved in a collision with a team car and suffered for the rest of the week, also conceding the final stage to Kittel in London

Marcel Kittel wins, Tour of Britain 2014 stage oneMarcel Kittel has a bit of wardrobe trouble as Lisa Medwell helps him zip up after winning the opening stage in Liverpool and taking the race lead

Runcorn Bridge, Tour of Britain 2014 stage twoThe peloton is dwarfed by the structure of Runcorn Bridge during stage two

Fans, Tour of Britain 2014 stage fiveThe number of fans lining the roads and streets mean good vantage points are a highly sought-after commodity as people struggle to get a view of the peloton pass by

Mark McNally on Haytor, Tour of Britain 2014 stage fiveMark McNally made the King of the Mountains classification his own. Here he is sweeping up points on Haytor

Alex Dowsett, Tour of Britain 2014 stage sixThe effort shows on Alex Dowsett’s face after he rode himself into the race lead on stage six on what he described as his ‘hardest day ever’. He would only keep the yellow jersey for one day, losing time on the following stage

Future star, Tour of Britain 2014 stage threeClosed roads during the event give a rare opportunity for people to ride on traffic-free tarmac before the race arrives

Camberley start, Tour of Britain 2014, stage sevenRiders of the peloton merge into the sea of spectators at the start of stage seven in Camberley

Ditchling Beacon, Tour of Britain 2014, stage sevenA young fan gets into the spirit of the race, writing the name of his favourite rider in chalk on the tarmac of Ditchling Beacon during stage seven

Ditchling Beacon, Tour of Britain 2014, stage sevenMany spectators made the trip to the South Downs climb of Ditchling Beacon to watch the fragmented peloton pass through

Fan, Tour of Britain 2014 stage eightA fan in London shows the young hipsters what real facial hair looks like

Bradley Wiggins at start, Tour of Britain 2014, stage sevenBradley Wiggins signs autographs for his numerous fans in Westminster during the final stage. The defending champion ended the race in third place overall

Tour of Britain 2014, stage 8a time trialAlex Peters crashed into a barrier on the final corner and was forced to complete his time trial on foot

Bradley Wiggins, Tour of Britain 2014, stage 8a time trialBradley Wiggins put in a crowd-pleasing performance in the time trial to win the stage by a convincing margin, showing he has good form ahead of the World Championships

Dylan Van Baarle, winner of the 2014 Tour of BritainRace winner Dylan Van Baarle is shown the way by a Garmin-Sharp team helper in London

Kwiatkowski, Van Baarle, Wiggins on final Tour of Britain podium 2014Overall victor Dylan Van Baarle (centre) and Michal Kwiatkowski (left) are shown how to spray Champagne on the podium by a man who knows – Bradley Wiggins

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