July 07, 2007

Tour de France

Today starts the Tour de France, considered as one of the world’s biggest sport events, followed by millions along the roads and of course on television.

Something very special this year is that the prologue, a short 8 km (5 miles) race, will take place in London, starting at Whitehall, passing Downing Street, the Parliament buildings, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park… and ending up at the The Mall!

On Sunday follows the real first stage, which will bring the riders from London to Canterbury! Then it’s time to cross the Channel and via Belgium reach France.

After totally 20 stages and 3550 km (2200 miles) the finish will as usual take place on the Champs Elysées, July 29th.

Hopefully no drug or doping stories this year, during or after the race!

20 comments:

Annie said...

Doping? Drugs? Never! Surely you jest!

I guess it's clear I'm a bit of a cynic about this.

black feline said...

lance armstrong is still an inspiration...

hpy said...

There was a time when they got doped by drinking wine.

April said...

Oh, I didn't know that it starts in the UK. But anyway, I was never interested in that spectacle and now, after all that doping, it has lost its attraction completely for me.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I think I have watched this event since it first appeared on television. I don't know why but I did. I like to ride a bike but these guys are super human beings who can ride for days over all sorts of mountains and valleys.

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Peter said...

abraham:
I wonder how you can find the time?

Dina said...

Yes the tour de France is very famous and somehow one way or another it seems to appear on one of the tv channels.

thanks for complimenting my today photo.

krystyna said...

Thank you Peter for your sweet visit. Your words are always supportive. I dream most in my native language, but sometimes in English too. I think that your French and English are perfect, so you have very interesting, international dreams.
Being here I fell that you love your new country. Your wonderful photos and great, interesting posts always amazing me.

krystyna said...

Thanks for this post. I forgot. I always like to watch Tour de France. Thanks for reminding and inspiring me.
Have a great weekend!

Shionge said...

I love Tour De France the excitement & buzz...confession time, also luv the sportsman lah hehehe..

Sonia said...

I want to see Tour de France on TV! I agree, with Black Feline, Lance Armstrong is really a great inspiration!

Thanks so much for your visit on my blogs and such a kind words! Have a nice weekend!

PS: Sorry to say that, but the link to Tour de France is Forbidden.

Peter said...

Sonia:
Something was changed in the link address - even directly from Google I could not any more open. I found another way; it should now be OK. Thanks for alerting me.

Sonia said...

Yesterday Google was with some virus problem. But now your new link is OK! And this link is just great! Thanks for sharing it!

Have a nice weekend!

Zhang said...

Les Français sont très passionnés par le vélo. Sans doute, généralement, les Européens? Je vais suivre (un peu)le Tour de France comme les Français, ou comme les Européens.

Zhang said...

En fait, des Chinois suivent le Tour de France aussi. Je sais que des chaînes télé chinoises sont venus pour suivre le Tour de France. Alors je vais le suivre ni comme une Française, ni comme une Européenne, mais comme une Chinoise.

Chris in Madison said...

I just took a break from watching the Tour to answer some e-mails and visit some blogs & here's the Tour again! As a homesick Brit living in the US I'm loving the fact that I get to see lots of London for the prologue, but as a Francophile at heart I love watching the French countryside racing by.

lyliane said...

Mom père a suivi pendant 6 ans le tour de France dans les annèes 50, avec la caravane publicitaire de la Redoute, il m énvoyait une carte de chaque ville étape, et j ávais des autographes de tous les grands coureurs de l époque . Bobet, Coppy, Darrigade,Robic,Anquetil,Rivière etc... j´aurai du garder tout cela

Cergie said...

Le tour de France fait autant pour la renommée de la France que la tour Eiffel

Aux USA, surtout depuis la suprématie d'un certain Neil Armstrong...

L'an dernier mon fils faisait un stage dans un journal sportif en ligne. Il est allé voir l'arrivée, bien sûr il avait une accréditation
Il a revu son meilleur copain pour l'occasion. Un allemand de Stuttgart venu voir l'arrivée avec d'autres allemands. En Allemagne, le cyclisme est drôlement populaire

Drama Div@ said...

no more Lance Armstrong.. :(
i'll pass then...

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