Tour de France
Let the race begin!
On July 1st 1903, Géo Lefèvre and Henri Desgrange, a journalist and director of sports paper L'Auto, decided to organise the first ever Tour de France. Starting in the town of Montgeron, 60 cyclists took to the streets for a 2,500km circuit travelling the entire country, a race broken into six stages. The first stars appeared soon after: Pélissier, Pottier, Vietto, Magne, Petit-Breton, Leducq; followed in later years by the greats, the heros who went down in history: Poulidor, Anquetil, Bobet and Coppi.
The Tour is the country's emblematic major summer sporting event, a scenic race passing through the country's many tourist hotspots.
The Tour de France is back once again this year, and will be the reason for huge, riotous and highly popular festivities in every town left in its wake, offering fun and excitement for all the family as these athletes zoom through beautiful scenic areas, driven by the will to win at least one stage… Step by step, the scores begin adding up.
After almost a month of hard riding on the French roads, the traditional arrival on the Champs-Elysées is the final flourish of the competition.
Whether watching television at home or lined up along the roads, Tour supporters will be out in force to cheer and give courage to these exceptional athletes.
From Saturday, June 30 2012 to Sunday, July 22 2012