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le Tour:
photo album 2

 

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Tour de France 2017

official website for le Tour de France
[also official website in French]

 

the cycling zone

la Vuelta a España, 2016 - let's climb!

il Giro d'Italia 2016 - for sprinters and climbers

 

TDF current and previous years, as seen by abelard.org:

New translation, the Magna Carta

france

new : stone in church and cathedral construction illustrated

fortified churches, mostly in Les Landes

cathedral labyrinths and mazes in France
using metal in gothic cathedral construction

Germans in France
cathedral destruction during the French revolution, subsidiary page to Germans in France

Cathedrals in France

on first arriving in France - driving
France is not England
paying at the péage (toll station)

Click for motorways and motorway aires in France.

Transbordeur bridges in France and the world 2: focus on Portugalete, Chicago, Rochefort-Martrou
Gustave Eiffel’s first work: the Eiffel passerelle, Bordeaux
a fifth bridge coming to Bordeaux: pont Chaban-Delmas, a new vertical lift bridge

France’s western isles: Ile de Ré
France’s western iles: Ile d’Oleron

Ile de France, Paris: in the context of Abelard and of French cathedrals
short biography of Pierre (Peter) Abelard

Marianne - a French national symbol, with French definitive stamps

la Belle Epoque
Grand Palais, Paris

Click to go to pages about Art Deco at abelard.org

Click to go to 'the highest, longest: the viaduct de Millau'

Pic du Midi - observing stars clearly, A64
Carcassonne, A61: world heritage fortified city

Futuroscope
Vulcania
Space City, Toulouse

the French umbrella & Aurillac

50 years old: Citroën DS
the Citroën 2CV: a French motoring icon

the forest as seen by Francois Mauriac, and today
Les Landes, places and playtime
roundabout art of Les Landes

Hermès scarves

Hèrmes logo

bastide towns
mardi gras! carnival in Basque country
country life in France: the poultry fair

what a hair cut! m & french pop/rock

Tour de France 2017
Le Tour de France: cycling tactics illustrated

 

Waiting at a mountain stage - the night before

Waiting for the Tour de France to zoom past starts the day before on a mountain stage.

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Waiting for the Tour de France - the morning of the race.

By the morning of the stage, every feasible parking spot on the road edge is taken, and there are parking lots in the pasture.

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How to encourage Richard Virenque, predicted winner of the spotty jersey for the seventh time.

How to encourage Richard Virenque, predicted winner of the spotty (polka-dot) jersey for the seventh time.

(Note the fantastic scenery and the crowds at 12.30, one and a half hours before the arrival of the publicity caravan.)

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Close-up of a road-painted encouragement for Richard Virenque, spotty jersey winner

Encouraging the leading hill-climber in detail! Road graffiti of this type is a major, tradition on the Tour. You will literally run across it all over France, many months after the Tour is a forlorn memory. One of the many ways to productively use your time, and to express your artistry, while awaitng the main event.

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Publicity caravan against the spectacular Pyrenées scenery.

The publicity caravan arrives, seen against the spectacular Pyrenées scenery.

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'gifts

‘Gifts’ from the Tour publicity caravan.

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Bike cameraman who films for French teevisiion.

One of the bike cameramen, who film the race for French television.

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Jimmy Casper, making heavy weather of a 1517m high col.

Last man on the day's stage, Jimmy Casper, followed by one of his team cars.

 



 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


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