Finally, our beloved Tour de France is almost here again! This year marks the 100th Tour de France and will take place entirely in France. Fans throughout the world will enjoy magnificent sights and phenomenal racing feats. Beginning in Porto Vecchio, Corsica (Saturday, June 29) and finishing in Paris (Sunday, July 21), the Tour will visit no less than 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites. NBC in the U.S. will offer expansive coverage of what is always an exceptionally-well broadcasted series of sporting events.
A few sights to watch for range from Albi’s Gothic cathedral and Saint-Malo’s military fortress to the breathtakingly beautiful Mont-Saint-Michel and the impressive new MuCEM in one of Europe’s Capital’s of Culture – Marseille. Corsicans are especially pleased to make their debut on the Tour stage, where the peloton will pass the Bonifacio cliffs and the peaks of Bavella in a land of re(markably rugged coastal beauty.
Naturally the Alps and the Pyrenees are ‘polishing their ragged peaks’ to intimidate mountain racers in stages that always promise mind-boggling speed and endurance. We would love to BE in France for the stages that drift (so it would seem…to non-racers!) through the Loire Valley and to Vieux Lyon. And there is nothing quite like that last ritual race through the capital of France.
Well wishes to all teams and to the French people who host them so well.