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Tour de France on Champs Elysees

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The Tour de France was back from July 7th to July 29th 2018 to celebrate its 105th anniversary. The Great Loop left from Noirmoutier island on the Atlantic coast to finish, like every year, on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Sports in Paris.

Tour de France on Champs Elysees

The Tour de France, the Great Loop in English, is a world famous cycling competition. Since 1975, the final circuit of the last stage is a loop up and down the famous Champs Elysees in Paris. It begins with a relaxed parade and is particularly popular with sprinters who have not missed many victories. Check Champs Elysees map. Before 1975, the runners completed their three weeks of efforts in the Parc des Princes from 1903 to 1967 and in the Vélodrome of Bois de Vincennes, east of Paris, from 1968 to 1974.

Tour de France in Paris
Tour de France in Paris

Tour de France 2018

In 2018, the Tour de France 21st and last stage left from Houilles in Les Yvelines and finished on the Champs Elysees after a 115 km ride on July 29th.

Welshman Geraint Thomas officially won his first big loop. The last stage victory of this Tour de France 2018 goes to Alexander Kristoff. As usual, the beginning of stage saw the team of the yellow jersey, the Sky, afford a glass of champagne. The peloton then arrived grouped in Paris.

Geraint Thomas won Tour de France 2018
Geraint Thomas won Tour de France 2018

Tour de France 2016 and 2017

The Tour de France 2016 lasted from July 2nd to July 24th. The complete route was 3519 kilometers long. The traditional finish on Champs Elysees took place on July 24th with the victory of Chris Froome. Chris Froome won again the Great Loop in 2017 54sec ahead of Rigoberto Urán, a fourth consecutive victory. Official Tour de France web site.

If you want to ride bicycles in Paris, you now have the convenient Velib bicycle rental system. Velib are not as fast as Tour de France, but an appreciated way of visiting the city.

Champs Elysees from Arc de Triomphe
Champs Elysees from Arc de Triomphe
Tour de France 2017 map
Tour de France 2018 map


Tour de France cycling race

The Tour de France is a monument of world cycling.

The third sporting event in the world behind the Olympics and soccer world cup, the Tour de France, created in 1903, is a 3 week cycling race taking place yearly in July that brings together the best cyclists of the moment. Between 20 and 22 teams of 9 runners each cross the roads of France and sometimes bordering countries during the twenty stages of the event whose total distance is around 3500 km.

12 million spectators of all ages are lining the roadside to applaud the riders and party to the sound of the famous advertising caravan.

Tour de France in the Alps
Tour de France in the Alps