Oh, to be in France now that the 98th Le Tour is here!
Some Le Tour de France facts:
Started in 1903 as a publicity event by the French sports newspaper L’Auto and has run for 96 years.
Consists of 3,600 kilometres (2,200 mi) and lasts three weeks.
The race is broken into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are aggregated to determine the overall winner at the end of the race.
The race has always finished in Paris, but the course changes every year and since 1975, the final stage has climaxed along the Champs-Élysées.
The riders are awarded classification jerseys daily:
le maillot jaune: yellow jersey for lowest overall time at the end of the stage.
le maillot vert: green jersey given to the leader of the points classification.
le maillot à pois rouges: white jersey with red dots given to the rider who is the
first to top the designated hills and mountains.
le maillot blanc: white jersey for the best young rider under age 26.
At the award ceremonies, the girls who accompany the rider wear a complementary dress… check out the pois rouges robes (polka dot dresses).
Parc Mistral was the point of departure for the Individual Time Trials that were run on Saturday, July 23. We joined the crowds along the barricaded street to see the riders whizz by. Before the trials began, advertisers mimicked Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with fitted-out vehicles from which riders threw out promotional freebies to the crowd. Bic pens flew through the air as well as yellow baseball caps and other products.
I did my best to capture the riders as they sped past us along the route, but my digital camera’s shutter speed was just not fast enough! Steve did manage to capture some of the excitement of the moment on his Flip Camera – check out the Official link and then Steve’s film below.
Le Tour in Grenoble Official Video