Top cycling photographer Andy Jones takes us on a whistlestop tour of his favourite images from the 2013 season.
Throughout the year, Andy attends the majority of key British road, track and cyclo-cross races as well as the Tour de France with hundreds if not thousands of his photos appearing in Cycling Weekly magazine and on the CW website.
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Here, Andy picks out his favourite images of the year.
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Chris Froome seen through the wheels on the back of a team car at the start of stage nine of the Tour in Saint Girons. It was his first day in yellow after winning the previous day’s stage.
Joe Perrett showed what a talented rider he is with a win in the National 25 TT and then, in total contrast, victory in a three-up, uphill sprint on the road in the Ryedale GP.
Peter Kennaugh of Team Sky won the Lincoln GP in May in the team colours of the Isle of Man. He fended off the challenge of UK Youth’s Marcin Bialoblocki to solo to the win on the damp Lincoln cobbles. There’s always a good atmosphere at this British classic.
Jason Kenny’s ‘The Scream’ or maybe he sat on a tack? I caught this light-hearted moment of him warming down during the UCI Track World Championships in Minsk, where Kenny took the keirin title.
Overall team of the year domestically had to be mega-talented UK Youth: seen here in relaxed, informal mode while celebrating their Tour Series overall win in Ipswich.
Kiwi, Roman Van Uden crossed the stage one finish line at Drumlanrig Castle during the Tour of Britain on foot after getting caught up in the crash in the final sprint for the line. His body language says it all.
The Honister slate quarries marked the summit of the Honister Pass, which the Tour of Britain passed over during stage two from Carlisle to Kendal. It was a memorable day for the cool temperatures, wind and rain and the big crowds that gathered to cheer the riders on.
Mark Cavendish did the national road jersey proud through the rest of 2013 with notable wins in the Tour de France and here in Guildford during the Tour of Britain. I picked this particular image for the facial expressions on the riders and the crowd. It was a close call on the cobbles.
The 51st Three Peaks cyclo-cross was in total contrast to the 2012 event. The rain of the previous year gave over to balmy sunshine for 2013. Rob Jebb won the event for a record 10th time, but it was this comical picture of Lewis Craven on the descent of Pen-y-Ghent I particularly liked.
Lizzie Armitstead dominated the national road race in Glasgow, eventually soloing to victory, leaving Laura Trott and Dani King to fight for silver and bronze respectively.
Young Lewis Hartley battles the gradient and the elements that produced a memorable National Hill Climb on the Stang in North Yorkshire.
Sparks and smoke fly as a keirin race gets under way at the UCI World Cup track event in November.
Bradley Wiggins during the third stage of the Tour of Britain. After a torrid and tricky year, he put in a trademark ride to win the Knowsley time trial stage and take yellow to go on to win the race overall.
Dan Martin grimaces on the climb to the stage eight finish at Ax 3 Domaines during the Tour de France. He would win the following day’s mountainous stage nine from Saint Girons to Bagnères de Bigorre, adding to his other notable win, in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, back in April.
Simon Yates started his year in Minsk at the UCI Track World Championships with a win in the points race, seen here taking the congratulations from his coach and past points race world champion Chris Newton.
Mark Cavendish took the national road title on the streets of Glasgow and was flanked on the podium by two past road champions, David Millar from 2007 and Ian Stannard the defending champion from 2012.
Simon Yates continued his stellar year with a Tour of Britain stage six win on Haytor and third overall. Here we see him on the slopes of Caerphilly Mountain during the finale to stage five. Yates along with his twin brother Adam turns pro in 2014 with Orica-GreenEdge.
Alex Dowsett on the Formentor climb in Majorca in mid-April as he prepared for the Giro d’Italia where he’d take the stage eight individual TT win over the 54.8km course from Gabicce Mare to Saltara.
Rebecca James was the sprint star of the UCI Track World Championships in Minsk with wins in the sprint and keirin and bronze in the team sprint and 500m TT.
A Tour village performer captures the drama as he presents an action video of last year’s race to the gathered guests in Nice during the team time trial. Quite a character.
The Tour de France stage seven start in Montpellier brought out the crowds and I caught this boy on the shoulders of his dad clearly relishing the Tour atmosphere as they watched the riders sign on for the day.
Hannah Barnes had a very successful 2013, which has given her a move to United Healthcare for 2014 with fellow Brit Sharon Laws. Here Barnes is seen in the rain at Aylsham wearing the white leader’s jersey of the Johnson Health Tech GP Series which she won overall.
The National Circuit Race Championships were held in York this year and passed by the magnificent York Minster. York will also play host to the start of stage two of the Tour de France in 2014.
This article originally appeared in the December 19 2013 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine.