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2008 Tour de France

France is currently hosting the 95th Tour de France - which began on July 5th, and continues through July 27th. The Tour is the world's largest cycle race, with twenty teams of nine riders (invitation-only) entered in this year's race. Ten riders have dropped out so far, including one suspension for a doping offense. (18 photos total)

David Millar of Great Britain strains to take a third place during the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 29.5 kilometers (18.3 miles) with start and finish in Cholet, western France, Tuesday July 8, 2008. Stefan Schumacher of Germany won the stage and took over the overall leader's yellow jersey.(AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)
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196 comments so far...

Photographers in the seventh photo seems like military! incredible ^_^

I love the devil! :-D

Posted by DLT photography July 14, 08 11:28 AM

pas electriques

Posted by jean-marc July 14, 08 11:35 AM


Well done -again- to's The Big Picture!

Posted by Jon T July 14, 08 12:13 PM

pictures are really awesome... .Great job ..

Posted by vineeth July 14, 08 12:20 PM

I've been waiting for a Tour de France post ever since the race started. These images are great (as always) and it's fun to see how photographers set up those iconic shots like the fields of sunflower ones I see every year.

Posted by Matt Haughey July 14, 08 12:26 PM

That picture of the Horse and the pack was just awesome! Thanks so much. :-)

Posted by Roger Tregelles July 14, 08 12:30 PM

Superb pictures - love the tilt shift one and the pics of the photoogs by the sunflowers! :-)

Posted by Jon Moss July 14, 08 12:30 PM

La photo avec la cavalière est fantastique

Posted by all July 14, 08 12:31 PM

Jambo! Am in Zanzibar after a 28 day camping Safari through East Africa. I so much appreciate the pictures since I feel so aloof from my annual fix of the Tour. Thank you.
Dennis Stolen, Penticton, BC, Canada

Posted by Dennis Stolen July 14, 08 12:40 PM

Fantastic pictures. This year our cable company is carrying Versus and we
can see each leg each day. But as good as the viewing is, there is nothing that
carries the flavor as do great pictures like you posted. Thank You.

Posted by Bill Barlen July 14, 08 12:59 PM

Fantastic photos! Thank You

Posted by Scott G July 14, 08 01:00 PM

What a heartbreaking shot of Schumacher.

I collect pix from Le Tour every year. These are by far the best images I've seen for '08. Thanks very much.

Posted by Kim W. July 14, 08 01:16 PM

"France is currently hosting the 95th Tour de France"

France ALWAYS hosts the ''Tour the FRANCE''

Posted by Armando Panza July 14, 08 01:19 PM

I love the tilt-shift photo, the subtle flecks of blood in the injury photo (which we'd NEVER see in a regular-size photo) and the jumping devil. Wonderful!

Posted by Jason Scott July 14, 08 01:24 PM

When is it someone else's turn to host the Tour de France??

Posted by Bob Cajun July 14, 08 01:50 PM

Very much delighted and happy to see such wonderful shots of Tour de France. Please keep us posted with coverage of such a thrilling event. R S Dhanda

Posted by Ranjit S Dhanda, Dr. Professor July 14, 08 02:01 PM

"France is currently hosting the 95th Tour de France"
France ALWAYS hosts the ''Tour the FRANCE''
Posted by Armando Panza

But France is only hosting the 95TH Tour de France this one time. Makes sense, right?

Posted by Gerhard Burgstaller July 14, 08 02:31 PM

All the shots are simply amazing ... the one with the tilt shift, the devil one, the one with the photographers... AWESOME compilaton!

Posted by Hector Pachas July 14, 08 02:50 PM

Well sometimes Italy, Belgium or Luxemburg host the Tour de France... or at least one stage :-)

Posted by Elise July 14, 08 03:00 PM

I'm not too big on sports photography, but there is definitely some artistry here. I'm loving the girl on horseback and Didi.

I'm all for doping in cycling. Why not? We want to test the limits of human strength and endurance, then stop holding back. As one sports talk show guy (can't remember who) pointed out years ago: cycling is all about artificial performance enhancements. They're machines called BIKES! If they wanted to show natural men in their natural state, we'd be watching a barefooted footrace.

Posted by kevjohn July 14, 08 03:05 PM

Well sometimes Italy, Belgium or Luxemburg host the Tour de France... or at least one stage :-)

Posted by Elise July 14, 08 03:18 PM

Good point Bob. Not to mention, it's a complete travesty how the U.S. is never invited to compete in the Euro Cup...

Posted by Zippy July 14, 08 03:48 PM

Sitting in a field of sunflowers, waiting for those pesky cyclists to come by..
Well, I guess there are worse places in the world. ;)

Great picks of shots, as always. The rain-soaked #16 might be my favorite actually.

Posted by robina July 14, 08 04:05 PM

J'ai découvert ce site de photos de presse grâce à un commentaire radio sur Europe 1, et j'ai été enthousiasmé tant par la qualité artistique et technique, que par le choix des thèmes de reportages choisis, qui sont bien le reflet de l'actualité. Bravo ! Avec les compliments de François & Michèle ( Suisse )

Posted by Zeisser-Singer François July 14, 08 04:20 PM

These are just amazing pictures. Very clever the photographer that took the picture of the other photographers in the middle of the sunflowers :-). The picture with riders in the rain is just spectacular. Excellent pictures!!! Love them all.

Posted by Marleny Arevalo July 14, 08 05:10 PM

"When is it someone else's turn to host the Tour de France??" I guess we would have to invade France in order to do this - LOL! There are dozens of Tours all over the world... One can only hope to host one that is as popular as the Tour de France. And it would take months to do a Tour of USA or Canada - I guess we're lucky to have the Tour of California and Tour of Georgia

Absolutely incredible pictures - I'm an avid fan and religiously watch every day, but these pictures show a completely different aspect of the Tour that cannot be seen otherwise - Please do not stop!!!

Posted by Joe D July 14, 08 05:24 PM

Increíbles fotos.
El tour sin duda es la más hermosa carrera del mundo, no sólo por la calidad de cilcistas sino por las maravillosas imagenes que año a año de regalan estos dedicados fotografos.
Saludos desde Costa Rica!!!!

Posted by Novich July 14, 08 05:50 PM

The sixth photo is really good. The photographers look like soldiers with firearms, hiding behind the flowers.

This website is defenitely the best discovery of the year!

Posted by Sergi July 14, 08 05:57 PM

I love your pictures. Especially the girl on her horse!!

Posted by violet lam July 14, 08 06:26 PM

I think Joe D. may be on to something...

Posted by Zippy July 14, 08 06:51 PM


Best pictures of the 08 tour i have found yet!

Posted by Chris July 14, 08 07:16 PM

Some truly great images here, thanks.
Watch it every year on live tv but these pictures are great to evoke what the tour is all about. Love the shot of the photgraphers in the sunfowers and the girl on the horse.

Posted by eurobantam July 14, 08 07:19 PM

amaizing photos
love le tour

Posted by Pedro July 14, 08 07:34 PM

Love the pictures and descriptions! Can't wait for MORE!!!!

Posted by Peggy J. Beighley July 14, 08 07:41 PM

Simply amazing photos; what a colourful event it is. Love the little bit of relaxation on the faces of the riders looking at the girl on her horse.

Posted by Julia July 14, 08 07:48 PM

This is my favorite post from Big Picture so far. Please keep it up.

Posted by dalton July 14, 08 10:04 PM

Didi LIVES! Nice shots. New England has a huge cyclocross, road and mountain cycling population, and boasts several national champion cyclists (Luke Keough, Mark and Frank McCormack, to name a few). The Tour de France and other cycling events OUGHT to take more of a prominent role in the Globe's sports section. It gets really boring reading and seeing the traditional sports news and photos. Bravo for these pics!

Posted by Greg July 14, 08 10:29 PM

Great photos all 'round… But why always add "cycling race" after 'Tour de France'? It's pretty apparent that it's a cycling race due to all of the bikes, riders, helmets… let alone it's the largest cycling competition in the world. Keep up the great work otherwise, the whole Big Picture site is fantastic

Posted by Dish July 14, 08 10:36 PM

i like the devil pic

Posted by ben richards July 14, 08 10:39 PM

I have a feeling that in the caption of the last picture you mean Team Columbia, not Team Colombia.

I love all of the pictures, though! I come to this site all the time hoping there are new pictures since the last time I checked. The quality is amazing.

Posted by Andie July 14, 08 11:16 PM

Fantastic photos! Amazing pumping calves in the rain, really moving, and brings in the reality of the years devoted to bringing the human body to a condition to compete in this great world race. Touching and moving, indeed.

Posted by Evelina Bartolini July 15, 08 12:27 AM

One of the great events in all of sport - Le Tour. Marvelous selection of images that tell the story and display the grace and beauty and the emotion of the event. Thanks for putting these together.

Posted by Tim Yocum July 15, 08 12:29 AM

The Tour de France is open to foreign teams, incl. USA as well... It started from England last year and passes very often through Germany as well.

Nice pictures of a popular, but much discussed event which could disappear in the future, because of the too many doping affairs.

We have a joke here in France telling that, if there was no doping, the Tour would have to start around Christmas in order to finish in July...

Posted by Gilles July 15, 08 01:09 AM

Wonderful photos. It's nice to share the beauty of the race and of the landscapes. I know many peoples that watch the daily broadcasts just to see the landscapes and it's obvious why when looking at your pictures. Just please don't forget the accents over some french cities' names.

Posted by Gilles Zelmanse July 15, 08 01:18 AM

Absolutely Amazing!! Can u imagine if you saw that many people riding bikes down our interstates?!!

Posted by G July 15, 08 01:37 AM

Great blog !
You even make drug addicts look nice ;)

Posted by mika July 15, 08 02:09 AM

awesome capture

Posted by sriram July 15, 08 02:53 AM

The pictures are great and I think an Australian might win it.

Posted by Samantha July 15, 08 03:00 AM


Posted by Angelo July 15, 08 03:17 AM

Armando - It's the tour "of" and the word "currently" has to do with time meaning "now", not a place.

Posted by Bikerman Cam July 15, 08 05:01 AM

Awesome pictures great job

Posted by Rodolfo July 15, 08 05:53 AM

Wow dude, looks a bit crowded for my liking!

Posted by Justin reilly July 15, 08 08:11 AM

Whow, fantastic pictures!

Posted by Kerstin July 15, 08 09:06 AM

Good photos , i would love photos of the old castles and cities as well

Posted by anne flori July 15, 08 09:12 AM

Great pics! What a great site. Thanks for all your hard work.

Posted by Natman July 15, 08 09:56 AM

thank you so much.

Posted by matt July 15, 08 10:01 AM

The photos are great... too bad they didn't let Astana in. You have a team that has completely changed and is being doubly tested... with the 3 of the 5 top riders. I won't be watching the race as a result.


Posted by Adam July 15, 08 10:37 AM

absolutely stunning........the best sport around.

Posted by etienne July 15, 08 11:40 AM

this is my favourite blog right now. thanks very much

Posted by Rog July 15, 08 12:22 PM

WOW! That sunflower photo looks UN-real!! Love the Wheat/Horse shot too!!
AND, my oh my-the shot of the men's calves to fantastic!!

Posted by Tracyl July 15, 08 12:26 PM

Ces photos sont fantastique! Mais, quelques un des commentaire sont incroyablement stupide! Alors, j'ai habite en France pour six ans quand j'ete jeune, et je aime la Tour plus maintenant qu'a cette temp (il y a plus que trente ans). Je croix que les image comme ca sont la raison. Je croix aussi qu'il n y a pas un competition qui est plus difficile que la Tour. C'est incroyable qu'un homme peut faire ce que ces hommes font. Mon Francais est un peut rouille, je m'excuse a mes amis Francais.
To the non-French speakers: the pictures are fantastic, some of the comments are stupid and I think this event is the most difficult anyone could do. It's incredible that a man could ride, day after day, like these guys.

Posted by Terri from Placerville, CA July 15, 08 01:12 PM

Amazing. The photo of the photographers in the sunflower field is as interesting as the bicyclists riding by.

Posted by Olivia Younge July 15, 08 01:20 PM

Un lavoro primoroso !

Posted by Franco July 15, 08 01:34 PM

From Charleston, West Virginia I was looking for a picture of William Frischkorn and came across these amazing pictures. I believe the greeks appreciated athletes as heros and when you think of these people in that way they are glorious.

Posted by Ken Wood July 15, 08 01:55 PM

I'm impressed, so far. Let's hope we don't have any more doping scandals like the ones we had last year. It's a pity Team Astana wasn't allowed to participate this year. Alberto Contador would have added something extra.

Posted by Nosa Eke July 15, 08 02:57 PM

Wonderful, they really show the passion and pain

Posted by chris July 15, 08 03:17 PM

"When is it someone else's turn to host the Tour de France??"

Britain got a turn last year, with the prologue and Grand Départ taking place in London.

This year stage 15 will finish in Italy, and, unsurprisingly, stage 16 will begin there.

Excellent set of photos as usual.

And how jealous I am of all that open countryside, last year over a million people lined the course in London and I failed to find a good spot to take any photos from.


Posted by Michael in London July 15, 08 03:24 PM

The first time I see such beautiful photos of the tour. Very Interesting

Posted by Rachel July 15, 08 04:04 PM

We often associate the Tour de France with fine weather but the shots of Mark Cavendish in the rain sprinting and winning stage eight are awesome. He is a young lad with a big future and these images may be well sought after in time to come.

Posted by David Dalziel July 15, 08 04:25 PM

Very beautiful, masterfully shot photos of Tour De France.. very well composed, very colorful! Thank you very much

Posted by Jay Lacsamana of Philippines July 15, 08 05:00 PM

I always thought the TDF was about as exciting as watching paint dry, but the devil picture made it worthwhile.

Don't get me wrong, the photos are stunning.

Posted by Lou July 15, 08 05:05 PM

Great pics!! The TDF starts Stage 1 every other year in a different country in Europe. It may or may not also start Stage 2 in that selected country and then move the remainder of the race into France. Last year, the race started in Great Britain.

Posted by Tom July 15, 08 05:15 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

Thank you!

Posted by Chris July 15, 08 06:40 PM

Très belles photos du Tour de France Bravo!!!!!!!

Posted by Jeannot Brissette July 15, 08 06:45 PM

Great photos -- thanks and keep them coming

Posted by Ten 44 July 15, 08 07:00 PM

Great pictures - great sport!

Posted by Martin July 15, 08 07:24 PM

Big cycling fan and avid photographer of the races I attend. These are some of the best cycling shots I've ever seen! I love the fact that the cyclists are actually looking at the girl on the horse. Usually they don't pay much attention to what's going on around them. Didi with his "Devil jump" shot is a classic and I love the images that aren't your usual shots...the wet legs, the shot from behind of the colorful helmets of the peloton, and the photographers waiting for their "sunflower" shot that is always a part of the Tour. Well done!

Posted by Nan July 15, 08 09:02 PM

These pictures are truly un-believable. You all are truly the best. Maybe there should be a calendar so I can live it all year. Please keep it up

Posted by Mau July 15, 08 09:05 PM

It would be impossible to pick a favorite as this group of photographs has captured the essence of the tour so remarkably. An appreciative nod to all those professional photographers for their excellent work so we can thoroughly enjoy this outstanding sporting event.

Posted by Doug from Onalaska, Wisconsin July 15, 08 10:23 PM

I stumbled upon this page of photos from a Wikipedia link. These photos are absolutely extraordinary, breathtaking and they really capture the excitement and majesty of le Tour!

Posted by CW July 16, 08 01:28 AM

Just found this site - thanks to the SBS Forum post.
Great images and photo technique.

It's an American thing - Paris, France - London, England etc etc.
Of course the Tour de France is hosted by France.
Would you hold the Indy 500 at Le Mans or Silverstone - duh.

Posted by John Andrews July 16, 08 03:38 AM

that picture of Didi the jumping devil is so surreal, amazing photos all of them.

Posted by Simoin July 16, 08 06:47 AM

¡Preciosas fotos! Enhorabuena por el trabajo gráfico y gracias por compartir estas bellas imágenes de la carrera. Se agradece el buen gusto, el procesado y la exquisita realización. Buen trabajo.

Posted by Glomy July 16, 08 07:21 AM

Nobody should support these drug-addicted guys by watching the tour.

Posted by LaHaine July 16, 08 07:27 AM

thanks. thats very nice........

Posted by majid July 16, 08 07:31 AM

Thanks for the great photos, really liked the one with the horse

Posted by Jon Rose July 16, 08 10:15 AM

Amazing photos, Beautiful race, beautiful country, art in motion

Posted by George July 16, 08 10:16 AM

Fotografias Increibles !!!, captaron el momento!

Posted by Eduardo July 16, 08 10:16 AM

a beautiful summary of photos to date.. Where is Cadel Evans? And the Americans? Hincapie? Frischkorn? Vandevelde?

Posted by hoon July 16, 08 11:31 AM

I would imagine the farmers' whose fields were trampled by the photographers are a little less enthusiastic than we are about right now.

Posted by Tim July 16, 08 01:29 PM

That is really some super pictures, and I dont think they all are drugged, they just find more on cyckle than any other sports because they are checked much more, bbut perfect pictures.

Posted by Michael Houmann July 16, 08 02:27 PM

Why were the photograghers in the seventh picture wearing helments?

Posted by ruben July 16, 08 05:49 PM

Picture Perfect ! Well done.

Posted by Michel Colombo July 16, 08 06:36 PM

Yes the photos are truly magnificent. I enjoyed the photos of "opportunity" and also the "set up" photos. The riders, bikes, weather, colour, people, and landscapes are very enjoyable to see as photos and not just film.

I also enjoyed reading most of the comments above and realising that so many other people appreciate TDF. My shool boy French helped about 90% when reading Terri's post above, and my Italian heritage helped when reading Glomy's Mexican/Spanish post. The international flavour of this site makes it a more colourful place to visit ;)

I too came here from the SBS TDF forums thanks to the heads up from CW.

Thank you to the Boston Globe and photographers of TDF.

Cadell to win!


Posted by mag916 July 16, 08 07:23 PM

ruben, the photographers follow the tour on the back of motorbikes, hence the helmets.

Posted by ikes July 16, 08 07:31 PM


Posted by bostonjoe July 16, 08 08:27 PM

Great shots...I can see my friend Ryder(5th wheel)looking over at the horse.

Posted by Dave in Vic July 16, 08 08:43 PM

These are some outstanding images... A couple cliches that one sees each year, ie the sunflowers. All in all very nice. I love the irony of the 8 guys all stranding in the sunflowers... waiting for the same shot. It's nice to see that the images chosen are of the events and riders who have affected the race so far.

Posted by Chris July 16, 08 09:16 PM

Felicidades desde México!!! excelentes fotos

Posted by Miguel July 16, 08 09:17 PM

This the best pictures I found on Tour de France....I love cycling very much. I love the scenery of france specially the sunflowers. Best place to ride a bike...
Love the pictures... Thanks, keep sending us pictures of the tour to the last going to france Paris.

Posted by Mr. Greenhouse July 17, 08 12:32 AM

Thank you for great picture

Posted by TAKA from japan July 17, 08 01:27 AM

I love this wonderful pictures,my complement to you.

Posted by parviz July 17, 08 10:03 AM

Great Photo's, my wife and I follow the Tour de France on TV here in Perth WA each year, and marvel at these men of terrific stamina and determination .
We also like the breath taking countryside they travel through it must be awsome to be actually there following the race. never the less your photo's are the next best thing. thanks.
Glyn & Mary

Posted by Glyn &Mary Hughes July 17, 08 10:07 AM

Wow! Wonderful photos! Thank you for putting them up! is one of my favorite cycling sites since they always have big beautiful photos (Sirotti I think?). You should hook up with them and post your photos there!

Anyway, keep up the good work!


Posted by Diane in Chicago July 17, 08 10:20 AM

Beautiful, wonderful

Posted by Hilmar Carrer July 17, 08 10:23 AM

What a beautiful pictures, increase my love for the bike and the photograph.

Posted by Martin July 17, 08 11:00 AM

These pictures are simply amazing!! Awe inspiring. The picture of the back of the helmits, the horse rider and the wet calves are the coolest!
Luke Stack, BC, Canada

Posted by Luke Stack July 17, 08 02:04 PM

Damn, my calfs don't look like that. Looks like I need to work a little harder. Amazing shots! Well done.

Posted by Trish July 17, 08 04:12 PM

Makes me want to ride!!!

Posted by Paul July 17, 08 10:38 PM

Bets shot (IMO) is of Cavendish sprinting for finish (2nd to last photo). Their actual speed (around 45mph) and relatively poor and flat light make it tough photo to grab a focus on a single rider.

Next best photos are first one of David Millar on his funny bike....I really like tricked out funny bikes like that! Then finally the descending Ricardo Ricco in picture 5. That is such a cool look! You can see very clearly the concentration required on his face and how he is balancing himself on the pedals. Too bad he doped!

All great shots...I love bike racing!

Posted by Rusty July 18, 08 11:14 AM

Breathtaking and captivating pic’s.
This is an excellent presentation of a collection of marvellous photo’s, and their affect is to place us right where the action is occurring. In fact, sometimes I am made to feel that I am participating in the arduous and demanding struggle on two wheels, other times I amengrossed by the joy of the spectators, or the beauty of the scenery.
It is a favourite pastime of mine to zoom in on picturesto inspect the details of the landscape, or, to get in amongst the crowd, to see people’s faces and their excitement, and to look at what they are wearing. (To Zoom within Internet Explorer simply hold down the Ctrl key and use the roller on your mouse, or, hold down the Ctrl & Shift keys then use the Plus & Minus keys). Now come with me to see what we can find.
Pic’s #6 & 7: It would seem that #6 was taken by one of the photographers we see in #7, so in #7 they are caught in the act of taking #6. Also, look at their different cameras and their different methods – using left eye, etc.
On #8, look at the many older people lining the road at the left, see their joy; also, look at the spectators standing on top of the wall and the active sea waves behind them.
On #9, check out the irony of the ‘lucky-charm’ bracelet worn by the fallen and bleeding cyclist, how disappointing to find himself there; think also of his wife as she sees him. You cannot get any closer than this; get right into the emotion and reality of what has happened here.
On #10, look at the smiling faces of the cyclists (you must zoom in close) as they look across at the horse rider (just in front of the horse’s head), and of course the girl is also smiling. What exquisite timing and perfect position for this photo. Just let yourself participate in the friendship and the joy occurring there. I have no idea who she is, maybe she is related to one of the cyclists – in the same colours (?).
On #11 – interesting to note that Stefan Schumacher wears an ear stud!
On #16 & 17, think how dangerous it is to propel one of these narrow-tyred vehicles on wet roads.
On #17, look at the strained expressions on the cyclist’s faces as they extract every last erg from their weary bodies; and look at the way the body ergonomics causes the bicycle to tilt from side to side in the sprint - especially Mark Cavendish.
The county-side is also interesting and beautiful. See especially #4, 7, 10 & 15.
Well, there are countless other details for all of us to inspect, which draw us into the many emotions involved in this exhilarating sport – and give us a glimpse of the country of France.
My thanks to the sharp-eyed staff at for allowing me to ‘participate’ in the 95th Tour de France - from the comfort of my Adelaide/Australia home vantage.

Posted by Ronald Boogaart July 19, 08 01:15 AM

nice shots

Posted by Rod Pama July 19, 08 02:46 AM

all I can say is WOW!

Posted by Anonymous July 19, 08 03:21 AM

I wanna get one of those big black lens!

Posted by AKS July 19, 08 03:50 AM

Extraordinary pictures. Does anyone know what is growing in the other field the riders are passing? Are they onions or artichokes, by chance??

Posted by veronica July 19, 08 07:16 AM


Posted by makupa July 19, 08 12:43 PM

the blogs are tremendous fun........#111 is marvelous..the photos are first class and this display is almost as good as getting up at four every morning to see the real thing........thanks

Posted by nancy kinney July 19, 08 02:35 PM

excellent photos-indeedeeee 1st class sir ! :p

Posted by john kilday July 20, 08 02:59 PM

momentos brillantes del ciclismo, quen ejan ver aun mas la supremacia deportiva en el mundo para todos ellos mi mas grande admiración, desde Mexico un saludo.

Posted by alberto romero July 20, 08 04:26 PM

excellent photos-indeedeeee 1st class sir ! :p

Posted by john kilday July 20, 08 04:52 PM

great photos. as a cyclist, I especially like the rainy sprinting photos since I can really relate with both of them. I can tell you from experience how much it sucks to be in a sprint when it is raining. I noticed quite a few photos with Ricardo Ricco or a Saunier-Duval rider featured in it. It's a shame that they pulled out because Ricco doped. Not to say that those pictures sucked though...

Posted by Anonymous awesome July 20, 08 07:00 PM

the pictures are great, but some people commenting are not on track, le tour varies from year to year, ie, some years it starts in france, others it doesn't, some years there are team time trials, sometimes there aren't, sometimes they ride the hills frontwards, and other backwards, sometimes they ride the alpes in the first week, sometimes it's in the last week. As far as doping goes, it'll be a horrible ordeal if cycling loses the public completely because of doping, the fact of the matter is that most pro sports in north america are full of dopers, but when theyre caught it's no more then a slap on the wrist. why, well because better proformance means more seats to be filled, that's why silly. It's just too bad that cycling has been on the forefront of this and has taken such a hit.

Posted by drew July 20, 08 09:57 PM

I'm sorry to be the odd man out but in general these are mediocre images. It is difficult to get extraordinary cycling images. The last few in the rain as well as the 4th image in start to get at something a bit more interesting while the two sunflower field shots perfectly illustrate the problem to overcome. Yes, I see the irony in the field of photographers but it does not get past being irony. Graham Watson is still the untouchable master of cycling photography. But don't stop - keep improving, I beg you! It is a joy to see the big images in this blog.

Posted by Glenn July 22, 08 01:48 AM

A spectator known as Didi, dressed as a devil, jumps beside a pack of riders during the fifth stage of the 95th Tour de France cycling race between Cholet and Chateauroux, July 9, 2008. (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel)

This photo is amazing and I liked all photos also presented here.

More photos may be added and we enjoy the live telecast of the event

Kasi viswnadham Y , India

Posted by Kasi viswnadham Y July 22, 08 08:29 AM

Outstanding photos of the riders and the country side. shows why the tour de France is so magical and beautiful to ride in.

Posted by Vernon T. Drury (Tim) July 22, 08 09:22 PM

Amazing pics. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Marvin Carlos July 23, 08 12:06 PM

Fantastic photographs, seemed more like art than news photos.

Posted by Yogesh Sarkar July 23, 08 02:17 PM

#92: the photographers ride on motorcycles throughout the course of the race to get their shots. Since the motorcycles are weaving and speeding through hilly and mountainous terrain, and the photogs are holding onto their cameras and not their drivers, I suppose that is cause for the extra heavy helmets and flak jackets. I would guess that the helmets also have a comm link to the race radio, so they can get an idea of what is happening and where to go.

On one of the stages earlier in the race, the organizers would only allow a certain number of photographers to travel past a certain point in the race (it might have been a narrow road). There was a pool to choose who would get to go, and they had to agree to share their photos with all of the non-chosen photogs.

Hope this clears up the mystery of the soldier/photographers!

BTW LOVE this blog!

Posted by marishka July 23, 08 03:06 PM

Great pics of the best sporting event in the world. When will this be updated with more pics? btw Glenn, get in the spirit of things you miserable %@#!.................

Posted by Stu July 23, 08 04:26 PM

Thankyou for the pictures:)

Posted by Hi July 23, 08 09:34 PM

Great pictures, thanks!
Tour de France really is one of the best sporting event in the world!

Posted by gua July 23, 08 11:17 PM

i feel so touch,very wonderful

Posted by krisler July 24, 08 12:11 AM

Glenn - you wanker! Put up or shut up you goose.

Posted by Jimbo July 24, 08 04:55 AM

GASP these pics were awsome and great phograpy

Posted by javeria July 24, 08 05:40 AM

pictures were awsome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by javeria July 24, 08 05:42 AM

Really great !
please give us asap an update of the gallery with a pic of Cancellara in front of the leading group !!!

Hop Swiss


Posted by Look586 July 24, 08 08:21 AM

le tour de france n'est pas juste une course cycliste mais un monument patrimonial comme la tour eiffel,c'est pour ça,qu'il est immortel et totalement différent de tous les autres évènements sportifs.Il est gratuit,passe devant les portes,fourmillant d'anecdoctes que l'on se raconte les onze autres mois.Le dopage est toujours présent,mais il n'a pas et n'aura jamais le maillot jaune.

Posted by jma July 24, 08 10:23 AM

It really is tell a thousand words...Amazing!!!!

Posted by Sheri Foulds Calgary Alberta Canada July 24, 08 09:26 PM

Die Fotos erfreuen mich!

Posted by Jans Keppler July 24, 08 09:38 PM

great picture, awesome

Posted by kafka July 25, 08 12:15 AM

Beautiful pictures. Would like to see more of them in the Alps!
Christian Loriau

Posted by Christian Loriau July 25, 08 01:04 AM

Fanatastic photos.. I would like to see MORE from the different stages, especially form the Alps. Please send update as Photos added to the site...
Thanks so much for sharing..

Posted by Beatrix S. July 25, 08 05:35 AM

amazing pictures!! have been to france many times and the countryside is just as beautiful as the pics show!! the comments onholding it only in france are stupid. it is the tour defrance !!!

Posted by kathy dorejimkathy July 25, 08 11:39 AM

Excellent photos. I met Didi outside Buckingham Palace at TdF start in 2007. I think Graham Watson is the orange helmet guy in field of Sunflowers. His website has pics of the whole season of cycling. There is so much more to follow than just the TdF. In the UK the sport gets little coverage although with Mark Cavendish 4 stage wins and strong squad in upcoming Olympics things might change. Anyway readers of this page seem to appreciate the incredible achiement that is riding the Tour. Toughest event in the world - and best free show. Pics of Alpe D'Huez are a must.

Posted by Sarah Count July 25, 08 06:38 PM

These are fantastic photos!

Posted by angie July 26, 08 02:51 AM

All the pictures are just fabulous.My favorite pic is when the lady was riding the horse

Posted by Keshav July 27, 08 12:15 PM

Very good photos. Nice .. Is there a newer image?

Posted by Puno Ime July 27, 08 04:29 PM

Hi Alan

These pictures a fantastic! Absolutely the best I have seen from the Tour for many years.

My favorite is the one with the Devil. It's a classic Tour de France scene you captured from a very original (new) angle and it looks fantastic. Actually I had been thinking about that picture for a couple of days (couldn't get it out of my head), and all of a sudden I saw the very same picture on a TV-guide in Denmark where I live. It's a small world.

Thank you for sharring.

Posted by Rune Nielsen July 28, 08 02:45 AM

the tour de francia is the moss beauty sport in the world.

Posted by Martin E. Cruz July 28, 08 11:15 AM

Great pictures, great sport....

Posted by edcrane July 28, 08 07:29 PM

Good pictures.

My favorite by far is the one of Mark Cavendish headed for the line in Toulouse. I love the end sprints and just as poster 111 mentioned... you really see the anguish in their faces as the push their bodies and machines to the limit. LOVE IT!

Posted by DC July 29, 08 12:30 AM

I raced home every night on my bicycle over the Red Hill 'mountain pass' to see the highlights on the TV - they're all winners in these pictures - including the photographer

Posted by Serghei July 29, 08 02:00 AM

fantastic,sharp and full of atmosphere.Great

Posted by beatsystem July 29, 08 05:17 AM

thank you for these amazing photos!

Posted by tino July 29, 08 05:39 AM

very cool pictures! this is such a grueling race! match sprint racing is still cooler ; p

Posted by jimi July 29, 08 08:06 PM

Perfect, beautiful, Well done

Posted by Anonymous July 29, 08 11:06 PM

Although TV coverage of Le Tour is now so very good, it still takes the skill & timing of the stills photographer to capture the drama and excitement. Excellent.

Posted by JKH July 30, 08 04:31 AM

Awesome pic of David Millar

Posted by JOHN MC July 30, 08 08:13 AM

Wow! Absolutely incredible pictures. They are magical to say the least.

Posted by Daymon, New Zealand July 31, 08 01:43 AM

Beautiful pics.
When you get to think that the couple cyclist+bike touches the ground over just a few square centimeters of rubber, when you see pic #17, with a tight pack of riders sprinting in the rain at some 40 mph, or pic #5, with a rider descending at a speed of 60 mph, you get to realize how terribly dangerous this sport is.
These guys are true acrobats, all right, but I still marvel at the relatively small number of really serious accidents.

Posted by YM August 1, 08 06:09 AM

This Tour de France pictures are awesome, beutiful. France, definitely have good places to visit.

Posted by Anderson August 1, 08 09:30 AM

Thank You for thoses superb pictures... I brought my Family... wife and three sons in july 2003... we followed the TdF in a small village of Sommevoir ( Haut Marne) southeast of Paris and was on the Champs d'Élysée on the last day of the race when Armstrong won again... we were there at noon on the Champs d'Élysée we were on the third row of peoples waiting the cyclists to come in... at around a ¼ to four there was eight rows of peoples trying to get a shot at the racers... it was long waiting but it was worthwhile... then we went down to Chambéry, where my sons and theirs friends did the Alps... unbelievable the atmosphere that the TdF brings to France and the tourists with theirs $$$$... tasted theirs famous ''baguettes'' and their wine... my oldest son does every year what is called ''l'Étape du Tour'' it is a one day event for anybody who wants to try it... you have to be in shape to do a 100 miles in six hours in the Pyrénée... going up to 2000 meters and then coming down at a 10% angle, travelling at 50KM an hour... you better have good brakes... these peoples do it for the ''passion'' and their love of being in good shape and bicycling... in the very nice countryside of France... once again thanks for the superb photos...

Posted by AZARIAS LÉGER August 1, 08 03:30 PM

For #15: the crop immediately behind the cyclist is garlic, but they are not used for eating - the flower stems are used in flower arrangements.

Posted by Ronald Boogaart August 2, 08 08:07 AM

these picture were were dynamic, the woman with horse and the sunfowers were awesome .
Each photo gave one the sense of the energy and the power of each rider

Posted by John lingenfelter August 2, 08 08:50 PM

Soy un apasionado de la bicicleta y las fotos nos dan una idea magnifica de esta prueba. ¡Bravo por estas fotos y el reportaje. José Manuel HG. México, D.F.

Posted by José M. Hernández G. August 2, 08 09:15 PM

Great pictures. I follow the Tour on TV every year - the TV crew does an amazing job of bringing this great event on the screen. One can see great cycling and amazing country side and villages along the course. Looking forward to the 2009 Tour.

Posted by Pierre Bélanger (Ottawa, Canada) August 3, 08 12:26 PM

nice picuter

Posted by HoSSeiN August 3, 08 01:29 PM

Ready to ride now.

Posted by The Shefman Law Group August 3, 08 03:12 PM

talk about snapshot!!!!
lol ily

Posted by lynda August 4, 08 07:36 PM

great````love you

Posted by China August 5, 08 12:56 AM

Terrific! are they for sale? I like the Mark Cavendish ones and Didi :-)

Posted by Andy Waters August 6, 08 05:11 PM

Your photography is stellar. The beauty of these pictures is beyond words.

Posted by jwhite August 8, 08 07:34 PM

wow!!! i feel i am the one riding too! great pics.

Posted by tobgay August 9, 08 04:55 AM

The photograhpers wear helmets because they are transported via motorcycle between stages...

Posted by Denis Lee August 10, 08 12:37 PM

That country has the most beautiful scenery. If I were racing it would be hard to remember that I was in a race because I would be taking in the scenery. Then I think the hundreds of people riding bicycles would remind me tough.

Posted by CCtheVixen August 11, 08 11:46 AM

Looks like more pro sports photographers are using Nikon gear now - Pic 7

Posted by AKS August 12, 08 06:37 AM

Show...sensacional,espetacular....Lidas as fotos,Parabéns!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Márcio August 13, 08 07:00 PM

awesome pics

Posted by santiago gomez August 28, 08 02:05 AM

Thank you very much for these terrific photos. I'm fond of cycling and I really enjoy looking at them. Especially the photo where the riders are surrounded by field of sunflowers.I'm so thankful to the author of this masterpiece and to your site.

Posted by Abuzarly Murad December 19, 08 03:05 PM

From post #110...
"Their actual speed (around 45mph) and relatively poor and flat light make it tough photo to grab a focus on a single rider."

The photo of Cavendish's finish in the rain is a well-executed photo by a skilled photographer, but the stated info about how the photo might have been captured is incorrect. With fast-moving subjects, or in poor light, you would typically use the widest aperture your lens allows. This gives you narrow depth of field and makes it easier to isolate an individual in a group, especially if he is in front.

Posted by Leo in WC December 30, 08 06:15 PM

absoulatly amazing pictures.
the picture of mark cavendish is splended!!!

Posted by ido January 23, 09 06:17 AM

that's weird really weird

Posted by krysinthia February 3, 09 02:24 PM

that's weird really weird

Posted by krysinthia February 3, 09 02:25 PM

Thanks, beutiful photo

Posted by Andrey, Sevastopol February 11, 09 01:49 PM


Posted by News Channel 1 February 26, 09 08:45 AM

we are interested in using a photo from this site for a publication cover. I am inquiring to see if that is possible and what the cost would be. It would be an online publication (pdf posted on the website).

Nancy Holtz

Posted by nancy holtz April 7, 09 04:09 PM

Thanks for putting these pics up they are really nice. did they win any money ?

Posted by Harmony Jones May 18, 09 05:04 PM

Great photos, any more for this years spectacular "Tour"

Jenny Bowman Australia.

Posted by Jennifer Bowman July 4, 09 10:21 PM

Great pics! My favorite is the one where the girl is riding the horse alongside the peleton.

Posted by Earl Zamora July 9, 09 05:15 PM

All photos are excellent! They seem to be alive. Keep it up....

Posted by Wayne Barnes (BavonWW) July 9, 09 11:06 PM

WOW, I love the one with the horse.

Posted by Csaba M. July 14, 09 01:56 AM

bakan bakan esta huea muy buenass las fotografias exelente el tour de Francia.....BAKANNN,,

Posted by CRISTIAN August 4, 09 10:50 PM

very good

Posted by matt August 12, 09 08:07 PM

Digite seu comentário aqui ... Belo maravilhoso ...

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Posted by HAHAHA June 2, 10 03:11 PM

i remember seeing the girl on the horse in a magazine in 2008, still think its a super picture, can this be purchased as a print

Posted by graeme harrison July 11, 10 03:31 PM
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