2015 Tour de France : Utrecht...
and then what?

Wednesday, October 1st

The cream of the crop of world cycling will flock to Utrecht in 2015 for the sixth start of the Tour de France in the Netherlands. Following an urban time trial on July 4 and an out-of-the-ordinary... Read more

Panorama: Traditional nations are
back on track

Thursday, July 31st

Three riders have raced in the yellow jersey in the 2014 Tour de France: Marcel Kittel, who repeated his inaugural victory after Bastia 2013, Tony Gallopin, who got one day of glory, the best day... Read more

Nibali brings elegance back on
top spot

Tuesday, July 29th

Vincenzo Nibali couldn't hide his emotion when he read his speech on stage with the Arc de Triomphe behind him. Thanking his family turned him into tears but he managed to finish it off by saying... Read more

Kittel doubles up, Nibali wins
the Tour

Monday, July 28th

Vincenzo Nibali is the winner of the 101st Tour de France, a race he led for eighteen days out of twenty-one. It's also the big return of French riders on the final podium with Jean-Christophe... Read more

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The Big Loop commemorates the Great War

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As part of the commemorations for the centenary of the First World War, Jean-Etienne Amaury and Christian Prudhomme were received by the French Ministry of Defence to sign an agreement with Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence, and Joseph Zimet, the General Manager of the French First World War Centenary commemorations. The route of the Tour de France 2014, which sponsors the Sarajevo Grand Prix, was drawn up with the desire to pay tribute to the soldiers of the Great War.

Sarajevo Grand Prix: a pack for peace on 22nd June
Several days before the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the event that triggered the conflicts which led to the First World War, a pack of 5,000 cyclists from all over Bosnia-Herzegovina will come together in Sarajevo. They will be accompanied by champions who have left their mark on the history of the Tour de France, such as Bernard Hinault, Bernard Thévenet, Joop Zoetemelk, Stephen Roche or Greg LeMond. After a ride between Eastern Sarajevo and the city centre, the 140 professional riders in attendance for this event will race each other on a 120 kilometre route through fourteen towns in Bosnia-Herzegovina populated by the country's three main communities.

7 stages, from Nord to Vosges, follow the Western Front of the Great War.
The route of the Tour de France 2014 will pay tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in the trenches by visiting, over seven stages in the north and east of France, places marked by the fighting in the Great War. For example, during the 6th stage between Arras and Reims, the pack will ride along the Chemin des Dames, which was the theatre to major combats in spring 1917. On 10th July, the riders will pass by fields of cornflowers. To mark the occasion, the support staff and caravan personnel will be invited to wear a cornflower: this symbol of remembrance of the soldiers that fought on the Chemin des Dames will also be present in the protocol ceremony, on the white jersey of the best young rider as well as in the bouquet awarded to the day's winner.

Fly-over of the Champs-Elysées by the Patrouille de France aerobatics squad
Following their presence for the start of the 100th edition of Le Tour last year in Corsica at Porto-Vecchio, the planes of the Patrouille de France will accompany the Tour de France pack on its entrance into Paris on 27th July. A short moment before the end of the race, the eight Alpha Jets will congratulate the riders about to finish the Big Loop with their aerobatics and will salute the many spectators positioned on the final circuit of the race's last stage.

The news in pictures

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