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Grand Départ news: 3 days to go

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Wednesday, June 28th

2006: Oscar Pereiro, the right move

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Wednesday, June 28th

2009: Ivanov opens a new chapter

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Wednesday, June 28th

Fabio Aru on the path of Vincenzo Nibali

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Tuesday, June 27th

2014: Talansky like a phoenix from the ashes

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Pre-race press conferences have started ahead of the 104th Tour de France with Chris Froome expressing his ambitions to win his fourth title and German riders emulating children as they expressed their passion for cycling. The teams' presentation will take place on Thursday, June 29, from 6.30pm to 8pm on the Burgplatz in the centre of Düsseldorf.

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“Given the level of my rivals and the course I'm racing on, considering the few kilometers of time trial, this is the biggest challenge of my career. Richie Porte will be the man to beat. He proved at the Dauphiné that he was the strongest in the mountains and also the fastest in time trial.”

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“When I rode the Tour in 2014 and 2015, I only had two team-mates to help me out in the preparation for the sprint. Nowadays, I count more on my capacities than on luck. The competition for the sprints is high but I believe in my chances. Looking well at the trains, we have one of the best teams. I have a better team than Kittel, Greipel, Degenkolb and Kristoff have.”

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TOUR DE FRANCE 2006 - 17ème etape ST JEAN DE MAURIENNE/MORZINE pereiro (oscar) ©

Tales of teams… (XX/XXII). Each day, letour.com will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Movistar.

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 2009 - COLMAR/BESANCON - ivanov (serguei) - (rus) ©

Tales of teams… (XIX/XXII). Each day, letour.com will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with  Katusha-Alpecin.

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Among the national champions for road racing crowned last weekend, Fabio Aru is the only one among the protagonists for the overall classification of the 104th Tour de France. He'll wear an Astana jersey with the green, white and red stripes. Like Vincenzo Nibali three years ago…

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 2014 - 2014 - talansky (andrew) - (usa) - *** Local Caption *** ©

Tales of teams… (XVIII/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with and Cannondale-Drapac.

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 2011 - contador (alberto) - (esp) - - rolland (pierre) - (fra) - *** Local Caption *** - sanchez (samuel) - (esp) - - dans la montee de l'alpe d'huez - parution livre l'alpe d'huez ©

Tales of teams… (XVII/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Direct Energie.

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 2013 - 2013 - - car ne passant pas sous le chronopole ©

Tales of teams… (XVI/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Lotto NL Jumbo and Orica-Scott.

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 1984 - 1984 - raas (jan) - (hol) - - madiot (marc) - (fra) - - Etape 09 338 kms ©

Tales of teams… (XV/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Lotto NL Jumbo.

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 2014 - 2014 - nibali (vincenzo) - (ita) - ©

Tales of teams… (XIV/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Astana.

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Tales of teams… (XIII/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

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TOUR DE FRANCE ETAPE 12 - BRIANCON-DIGNE LES BAINS moncoutie (david) ©

Tales of teams… (XII/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Cofidis.

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Tales of teams… (XI/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Cofidis and Bora-Hansgrohe.

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Tales of teams… (X/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with AG2R La Mondiale.

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 2015 - 2015 - 10 July 2015 - 102nd Tour de France - Stage 07 : Livarot - Fougeres - TEKLEHAIMANOT GIRMAZION Daniel (ERI) MTN - Qhubeka, Maillot a Pois - Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA *** Local Caption *** ©

Tales of teams… (IX/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Dimension Data.

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Tales of teams… (VIII/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Sunweb.

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Tales of teams… (VII/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Bahrain-Merida.

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 2011 - DINAN/LISIEUX - goss (matthew) - (aus) - boasson hagen (edvald) - (nor) - hushovd (thor) - (nor) ©

Tales of teams… (VI/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Team Sky.

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Tales of teams… (VI/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with  Fortuneo-Vital Concept.

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CYCLISME TOUR DE FRANCE 2007 - ETAPE 2 DUNKERQUE - GAND - boonen (tom) steegmans (gert) ©

Tales of teams… (IV/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Quick-Step Floors.

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Tales of teams… (III/XXII). Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, continues with Quick-Step Floors and UAE Team Emirates.

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TOUR DE FRANCE 2011 - PASSAGE DU GOIS/MONT DES ALOUETTES - gilbert (philippe) - (bel) ©

Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, begins with Trek-Segafredo and Lotto-Soudal.

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 2015 - 2015 - cancellara (fabian) - (sui) - - ©

Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, begins with Trek-Segafredo and Lotto-Soudal.

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100 years after the creation of the Yellow Jersey, 50 years after the first triumph by five times winner Eddy Merckx, the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2019 will take place in Brussels, which already hosted the departure of the Tour de France in 1958. The Belgian capital will follow on from Düsseldorf, from which the riders will set off for the first stage on 1st July, and the Vendée in the Pays de la Loire region, which will host the Grand Départ in July 2018.

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A social network expert, adept with digital tools and most of all open to adventure and looking forward to discovering the Tour. This is the identikit of the three “Digital Reporters” who will be invited to take part in the Tour de France and whose mission will be to animate a portion of the race's official accounts. This international and mixed team will have carte blanche to bring their fans and other followers behind the scenes of the Grande Boucle, with only one stipulation: to make...

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100 days before hosting the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, the city of Düsseldorf has become a true cycling capital in all its forms. Between the results of the Tour de France Dictation, the prologue reconnaissance and other activities in town, the Tour de France has never been closer.

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“The champions of our childhood are the champions for our lives”. This phrase that Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme likes to reiterate will take on extra meaning this Friday March 24th, when with less than 100 days to go before the Grand Départ in Düsseldorf, more than 5,000 school kids from the ages of 10 to 12 will participate in the “Tour de France dictation”. The vast majority of the cities and departments that will host the 2017 Tour de France have responded very...

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When the passion for cycling is expressed, the Tour de France responds. With nearly 450 million bicycles, China is the world's leading bicycle power! While none of these riders' names appear in the record books, and only one among them, Ji Cheng, has raced in the event, the Tour de France will be present in China in 2017 for the first edition of the Tour de France China Critérium, with a selection of those who stood out on the roads of France in July.

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 1967 - 1967 - pingeon (roger) - ©

Roger Pingeon, the winner of the 1967 Tour de France, passed away at the age of 76 in the early hours of Sunday. He will be remembered as a rider with a great sense of panache.

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The peloton has already got a taste of the mysterious Passage du Bois, which has so far remained above the waves while the Tour de France rides over it. The opening stage of the 2011 edition started in this fascinating place and headed towards Mont des Alouettes. This time round, the peloton will reach Fontenay-le-Comte after a tour of the Vendée coast which includes Saint-Jean-de-Monts, Les Sables-d'Olonne and Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard. Stage 2 is a blast from the past —La Roche-sur-Yon...

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 2011 - PASSAGE DU GOIS/MONT DES ALOUETTES - passage du gois © A.S.O

The departments in the Pays de la Loire region hosted the Tour de France's cyclists on its very first edition. Indeed, it was via the department of the Vendée that the pack entered the region in 1903 on the Bordeaux-Nantes stage, destined to become a classic on the routes of the era in which the Tour de France emerged. Since this time, the cities and towns of the Pays de la Loire region have welcomed the Grand Départ of the race nine times, five of which have set out from the Vendée. In...

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 1956 - 1956 - walkowiak (roger) - Madame Walkowiak embrasse son mari, vainqueur du Tour. *** Local Caption *** - ©

Roger Walkowiak would have been 90 years old in a few weeks' time, but the winner of the Tour de France in 1956 passed away last night. He leaves us with the memory of a strong-willed rider.

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Building on the broadcasting of the 2015 and 2016 Tour de France, ARD and Amaury Sport Organisation have concluded an agreement aiming for daily live broadcast of the Tour de France in 2017 and 2018.

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The organisers of the Tour de France have chosen the teams that will take part in the 104th edition (July 1-23).

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Tour de France 2017 - 18/10/2016 - Palais des congrés - Paris - France - Présentation du parcours - Thibaut PINOT, Romain BARDET, Christopher FROOME © ASO/B.BADE

The presentation of the route of the Tour de France immediately gives the favourites of the race an idea of the possible scenarios that they could expect next July. The mountain stages, boasting unprecedented routes, seem inspiring for Chris Froome and Romain Bardet, while Thibaut Pinot will focus on the time-trial in Marseille! For his part, Richie Porte confessed his particular liking for the Paris stage.

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The course of the 104th Tour de France (1–23 July, 2017), which was unveiled before an audience of almost 4,000 people at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, stands out for its atypical mountain stages. Although there will be fewer climbs than usual, their steeper gradients will separate the men from the boys. From the time trial in Düsseldorf to the one in Marseille on the eve of the finish, there are plenty of hat-tips to tradition. Inspiration for the brave.

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news18.10.2016

The way to History

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In what order? Should we start by the Alps or by the Pyrenees? At this period of the year, the questions often concern the way the course of the next Grande Boucle rotates. The Tour actually only respects one direction: its destiny and its vocation is to go in the way of History.

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The 2017 Grande Boucle now has a face: that of a fan, provided by 20-year old Alexis Boulivet, a student in concept art. He has been named the grand winner of Imagine Le Tour, the first design competition of the Tour de France. His creation was singled out by our grand jury and he wins a cheque for 5,000 euros and a VIP day out on one of the stages of the 2017 Tour de France.

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It has passed by here, will it return again? The charms of the 2017 Tour de France will be revealed in 6 days. Its route, its mountains, its new horizons but also its new face! The official poster - created by a fan - will be revealed at the same moment. A two-pronged event that will be aired live from the Palais des Congrès in Paris. But not only...

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