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2008 Tour de France - conclusion

The 2008 Tour de France cycling race is now over, won by Spain's Carlos Sastre, with a time of 87h 52m 52s. Sastre beat second-place finisher Cadel Evans of Australia by only 58 seconds, over a 21 stage course that added up to over 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles). This entry covers the second half (including mountain stages) of the Tour - for earlier coverage, see part I. (27 photos total)

The breakaway group Niki Terpstra (R) of the Netherlands and team Milram and Florent Brard of France and team Cofidis make their way during stage thirteen of the 2008 Tour de France from Narbonne to Nimes on July 18, 2008 in Narbonne, France. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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100 comments so far...

A great representation of the Tour!

Posted by Joe July 28, 08 12:03 PM

I love them all.

Waiting for the second part.

Posted by lngt July 28, 08 12:08 PM

The end....

Posted by Beardie July 28, 08 12:31 PM

Picture 22: FREE TIBET !!!

Posted by DLT photography July 28, 08 01:22 PM

I wish we could see EXIF data on the shots...

Posted by Ranjit July 28, 08 01:26 PM

very good pictures

Posted by zeeol July 28, 08 02:15 PM

Picture 9 : what is the trick to be focused both on the foreground and on the background ?

Posted by Aurélien July 28, 08 02:21 PM

Very nice pictures. I hope next year we could see more Colombian riders participating and winning mountain stages.

Posted by Edilma July 28, 08 02:27 PM

Aurélien: a wide open aperture and a very large lens.

Posted by Will July 28, 08 02:35 PM

You have a great "eye" thanks for sharing, yes exif data would be appreciated, especially for #9 :-)

Posted by Richard July 28, 08 02:36 PM

@ Aurélien: You can do this effect (tilt shifting) with image editors - check out

Posted by Jim Kennedy July 28, 08 03:02 PM

@ Aurelien: I think in this case you mean "out" of focus. In which case Will's post would be right on. In order to accomplish the opposite you would need a closed aperture and a slower speed shot, which in case of speeding cyclists would be next to impossible. In any case I think picture #9 looks very unnatural, and probably was PhotoShopped to accentuate the effect of the guy in the yellow jersey (the leader of the race?) riding with the pack.

Posted by Pak July 28, 08 03:03 PM

The effect on #9 is done in-camera, not photoshop. It is called a "tilt-shift effect",

Also, if the EXIF data were in the original images, I would pass them along. Alas, there is no data.

Posted by alan taylor July 28, 08 03:13 PM

Fantastic photography, and well-presented: all on one page, easy to scroll instead of some über-fancy Shockwave nonsense.

Thank you.

Posted by Sven Torbjoernn July 28, 08 04:00 PM

Very amazing photos!
Its very hard sport.


Posted by Alex July 28, 08 04:01 PM

@4: i wonder if evans will be sporting his 'free tibet' baselayer at the olympics. probably not.

Posted by jay July 28, 08 04:02 PM

It is a great sporting event. Phil Liggett as commentator is without equal.
On one stage he exclaimed "This man knows how to suffer!" about the leader
of a stage.

Posted by Bill Downey July 28, 08 04:07 PM


Why has it take to show it should be done? Shame on Reuters and every other online news service...

I personally believe that picture 9 may be Photoshopped. How else could their be two plains of focus in the one image? The plant in the foreground is in focus as is the mid plane section.

Oh, and how lovely not to be made to put up with any Flash-crap.

Posted by Jon T July 28, 08 04:37 PM

Tour de Drugs

Posted by booger July 28, 08 04:40 PM

Jon T: There is one plane of focus, but is not parallel with the film plate, it is tilted so things at different distances can be in focus at the same time. Read Alan Taylor's comment above.

Posted by Devin July 28, 08 05:27 PM

too bad there was not a picture of the great belgian win on the last day on the Champs Elysees. That was some sprint!

But very nice photos of an amazing sport!

Posted by Nathalie July 28, 08 05:35 PM

Wow that was some pretty wild racing indeed it was.


Posted by JIm Jones July 28, 08 05:53 PM

I see tan lines. Hahaha.

Posted by Nobody July 28, 08 06:05 PM

Exquisite shots which captured the majestic beauty, the savage falls, the muscle, the power behind cycling. . . . the teams pulling for one another. Magnificent sport. shelley duffy

Posted by rochelle duffy July 28, 08 06:15 PM

I always try to focus on the pictures themselves and not impose my thoughts/opinions on others, but I had to respond to this one. #19/booger: the "tour de drugs" is no different from major league boozeball or the narcotics football league. Actually, the tour is better, IMO, better because anyone caught is immediately disqualified, not like the whiners in MLB and NFL. who get multiple chances to break the law.

Thanks for the amazing blog!

Posted by Denheels July 28, 08 06:17 PM

Do you think they feel pain when they crash with the amount of drugs they take before each stage. Rename it " le drug tour de france "

Posted by michael July 28, 08 06:19 PM


professional cycling is the ONLY sport which has the balls to eliminate doping. michael your NBA-NFL-MLB teams will never put forth real effort to stop doping because they are scared of losing TV revenues. You have to get caught doping four times in baseball before you get a real suspension...what a joke.

Carlos Sastre & CSC-Saxo Bank had the strongest team and deserved the crown. Sastre was the only GC contender willing to attack on the famed Alpe d'Huez.

Posted by Charlie July 28, 08 07:00 PM

Absolutely fascinating pictures -- my favorite is the "B&W" of the shadow. I would *love* to have a print of that! As usual, bravo, AT and Big Picture!

Posted by Sara Covich July 28, 08 07:16 PM

What awesome pictures! Thank you for posting them.

Posted by Marion July 28, 08 07:22 PM

26 comments is probably as far as any posting has gone without someone whining about how "subject" is a waste of his/her tax dollars. I fully expected to see a comment about it here, even considering the subject matter.

Posted by Matt July 28, 08 07:34 PM

Tour De France is timeless and all the problems with drugs etc. will pass away and the majesty of the sport of cycling will prevail again.

Fantastic scenery and the pictures are great. Thanks

Posted by nick July 28, 08 08:01 PM

Great shots and very impressive. You made a very nice summary of what happened every turn and I like the way you have posted it. Tour de France rules!

Nice blog

Posted by Chad a.k.a. July 28, 08 08:44 PM

Regardless of the topic, this blog rocks! Thanks for taking the time to put theses images together. Fantastic cycling images from a wonderful event.

Posted by Tim Yocum July 28, 08 10:48 PM

First and foremost, thanks VERY much for more gorgeous pictures of Le Tour. There is no other sporting event comparable in the world. Congratulations, Carlos!

Thanks, also, Charlie, for explaining how cycling is superior to any other sport out there for enforcing drug policies. Doping in cycling is big news because cycling officials *make* it big news to humiliate the dopers, and hopefully intimidate others from making bad decisions. You won't see that in any other sport in the world. It would certainly be appreciated if those who are uninformed in the sport would refrain from making derogatory comments.

Posted by Kim W. July 28, 08 11:00 PM

Hey.. Its nice Shots...Thanks

Posted by giahn July 28, 08 11:07 PM

they are the best i just wish there were some of cadel evens

Posted by az joe July 29, 08 12:22 AM

@18 and others. This is actually very simple to do in-camera with a filter and some Vaseline. I also believe that Cokin used to make filters to do this as well. One needn't use Photoshop. But this certainly isn't a tilt-shift, as there are two planes of focus. It could be a Lens Baby, but I think it's more likely something smeared on a clear filter.

Posted by Jon July 29, 08 03:15 AM

One of the best, if not the best, sporting events plus sightseeing events I know!

Posted by Henk van Ratingen July 29, 08 03:43 AM

Hey az joe - there are 4 pix with Cadel in them! 2 pictures are close ups of Cadel. Also that's Cadel riding in the yellow jersey on 19th July (girl waving in wheat field), and also that's Cadel rounding the corner just ahead of Schleck in yellow on 23rd July. Cadel rode an awsome race - especially against the strength of CSC team.

Posted by Barb July 29, 08 03:54 AM

Great photos. 'Woman in a wheat field' is my favourite.

About #9, as Jon says there are two areas in focus, apart from the middle section of riders, the bush in the foreground being in focus too throws it out a little. Interesting effect. As a model photographer, I try and do the opposite and make models look like the real thing.

Posted by Doug July 29, 08 09:10 AM

Excellent pictures, closer to the human spirit of the Tour. After the ever-present Graham Watson pics, these are a great perspective.
I second the comment about hoping for more Colombian riders in future tours: vamos muchachos!

Posted by Jorge July 29, 08 10:21 AM

Very interesting how the cyclists can manage to ride while the heat roast them to the bones.

The pictures are amazing !

Posted by Nikita Kondraskov July 29, 08 01:08 PM

Great photos. But I think some photos from the Alpe D'Huez stage should be posted as well, considering that was the toughest stage of the tour.

Posted by Alejandro July 29, 08 04:13 PM

Great photos. I've been there for the tour and these give it a different and very positive slant on the real thing

Posted by Leonard Moore July 29, 08 10:56 PM

I luv them and they are sooo cooolll! AWESOME GUYS

Posted by Bella ¢¾¢¾¢¾ July 30, 08 12:50 AM

Nice Photography thumbs up
I only miss a shot of Gert Steegmans fininshing in Paris. that was a great sprint.

Posted by Dimitry July 30, 08 02:58 AM

These are some really great cycling shots. So much detail providing the perfect picture of how much efforts are made to do this sport for three weeks in a row. Wow.

Some days ago I had a seven day series of pictures featuring the cycling stage of Germany's Ironman 2008. Have a look here and tell me what you think:

Posted by Mirko Herzner July 30, 08 03:50 AM

Ninth photo, of peloton on sixteenth stage, is photoshopped to make it look like there's very little depth-of-field. Arty-farty. Otherwise, great gallery.

Posted by Martin July 30, 08 11:55 AM

Amazing pictures, thanks! One correction: on picture 2, it's rye growing in the field, not wheat.

Posted by Alban July 30, 08 12:52 PM

extremely beautiful pictures! very well done!!

Posted by emile July 30, 08 02:14 PM

The Tour does not have a "pack." Leave the original word in the translations please. It's "peloton." And I miss seeing the final podiums.

Posted by Kris July 30, 08 06:04 PM

I have no 'rye' comment other than Kris should have tuned into SBS if it's the 'full picture' that's needed! These are wonderful images!!

Posted by Stewart July 30, 08 11:42 PM

Fabulous photos, thanks for putting them up for us to enjoy.

I now feel sad that I existed during the tour on a paulty diet of small, poor quality pics on - what a difference to see the best of the best shots in a large size !

thanks again !

Posted by David Pascoe July 31, 08 08:04 AM

Just seeing the great pictures raised my heart rate!

Posted by Tom Cronin July 31, 08 09:13 AM

Awesome stuff!


Posted by matt July 31, 08 09:38 AM

Fabulous photos. Thanks! Can't wait 'til the next one.

Posted by Jay Turner July 31, 08 10:45 AM

Oh thank you for the beautiful pics. Siting the location of the photos helps me decide where to rent a house next year when i learn of the tour route.

Posted by Renee July 31, 08 11:45 AM

waaaw...there'r great photo.. I love all...

Posted by veri sanovri July 31, 08 10:03 PM

Yes great photos.

Commentary was very good and post race interviews also ifull of info.

Would be good to have speed, watts etc up on SBS screen similiar to motor racing???

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Posted by KEVIN LYONS August 1, 08 10:46 AM

Maravilloso, poético, épico y muy muy humano. Muchas lecciones para entender la vida en este casi indispensable evento, queridos amigos del mundo

Posted by Luis Alberto Pelayo August 1, 08 12:36 PM

Photos like this make me realize what an art photography is. Capturing droplets from a water bottle being thrown away is incredible.
These shots are amazing.

Posted by weed August 1, 08 02:00 PM

Great to see such fantastic shots - as others have mentioned the photos from news sites are quite frustratingly pathetic by comparison. Awesome, thank you!

Posted by Ian August 2, 08 12:08 AM

yes epo riders

Posted by kek August 2, 08 08:22 AM

As good as it gets!!

Posted by Win Allred August 2, 08 11:49 AM

EPO or not , If there was no epo there shoud be some other drug like coke remember tommekke boonen !
To win a race like the tour the france its not possible clean !
Otherwise if you believe its possible take a (race)bike en try to ride in 1 hour 40km
En than try it for 6 houres , than you finish your trip at 60 km /h !
Good luck !

Posted by Alain Delmotte August 3, 08 08:40 AM

did I see juan baldez handing out coffee on the mountain pass?

Posted by Pat August 3, 08 09:27 AM

Amazing pictures.
Greetings from Belgium

Posted by Jan Coemelck August 3, 08 12:57 PM

@Alain Delmotte

I agree... but actually these people train themselves you know.

Doping is particularly frustrating in sports which require nothing else than power and endurance. Cycling is definitely one of these. Conclusion: If you dope you're successful. IMO the fact that Armstrong won the title like 6(?) times in a row proves that there is no clean winner. It is well received that they try to catch dopers but they should try harder.
But of course nothing will ever change, money talks

Posted by attila August 4, 08 04:10 AM

I was there for 14 days and it was as every year amazing. And these pictures show exactly the athmosphere of this world class cycling event. Anyone interested in cycling parts of these stages, feel free to contact me on (home mail) as our agency organises these kinds of trips for cycling fanatics. Take care & regards from Belgium. Geert.

Posted by Geert De Thaye August 4, 08 04:50 AM

Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us who couldn't be there.

I appreciate your fresh eye. I see many pictures of the tour that are similar and quite frankly a bit boring.

I learn so much from professionals like you. Keep up the great work.

Posted by Dean Henthorn August 4, 08 04:35 PM

Probably the most beautiful shots I've ever seen on Tour de France. Congratulations to the photographers…

Posted by Frederic VERGES August 5, 08 12:57 PM

Brilliant. They bring together all the thrills and spills of this year's excellent TdF.

Posted by Dougie August 6, 08 05:13 PM

Please continue that way of presenting sports. I hope you will do the same for the Olympics.

Antoine Parisis

Posted by Antoine Parisis August 7, 08 02:52 AM


Posted by Gerrit van Poppel August 7, 08 06:54 AM

Well, the water bottle and the two lonely escape riders taken from the wood with the cheering lady a third sum it up. Great Eye is your Indian Name.

Posted by Jean-Marie Schepens August 7, 08 06:52 PM

Great photography! Almost makes you feel like your there.


Posted by Tom Ouellette August 8, 08 11:25 PM

wondermooi, ik heb er van genoten

Posted by Monique Leeman August 9, 08 02:50 PM

Absolutely amazing photo's. Thank you for sharing such a moment in history.

Posted by Joe Sabella August 10, 08 12:58 AM

with or without drug, it is a wonderful show and an impressive effort
very beautiful pictures.

Posted by hugo August 14, 08 03:26 AM

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Posted by Anonymous August 14, 08 05:31 AM


Posted by Bill Varnedoe August 14, 08 07:45 AM

Very beautiful pics of the tour the France,

Posted by Jean-Claude Plets August 18, 08 12:39 PM

Very , very beautifull pictures !
Reality prints !
Real sport !!

Posted by VANBESIEN Frans August 18, 08 03:21 PM

zeer mooie fotos
Gefeliciteerd Rik Wallez.

Posted by Rik wallez August 20, 08 03:39 PM

Verry nice pictures here.
Get me more on please.

Johan, from biarritz. FRANCE.

Posted by Johan VDV August 25, 08 01:18 PM

mooie foto's ,mooi in beeld gebracht

Posted by danny gheldof September 5, 08 09:34 AM

Excellent pictures, I was there in France cycling to some of the stages and standing on the road side waiting for the TDF to zoom past. These photos have captured everything that makes up the TDF


Posted by Kate NZ September 16, 08 06:49 AM

Mooie sport...schitterend land !
Wonderbaarlijke foto's ! Bedankt !
Vive la France ! Vive le vélo !
Let's go for a clean tour !
Let us save the nature !

Posted by W. Verstraete September 17, 08 04:34 AM

Van deze foto's mogen er meer gepost worden...
Het is top...

Posted by snoob odul September 17, 08 03:15 PM


Posted by Tim O. September 18, 08 11:05 AM

Great pictures of a wonderful event, again.
Love the ones of the descent of Bonette-Restefond moonscape.
Doug 40; I like #9 because it makes the riders look like models, a bit like a Chapman Brothers piece.

Posted by eurobantam September 23, 08 05:56 PM

Schitterend in beeld gebracht,renners en omgeving.Je blijft kijken opnieuw&opnieuw,steeds zie je iets nieuws.

Posted by Billiau Jm October 20, 08 04:11 PM

I love France,France is post language,pictures,no comentare,but on Croatian language:= DIVOTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous December 20, 08 02:42 PM


Posted by ASMAJY January 25, 09 08:26 AM

rafa megustan tus fotos

Posted by rafa March 22, 09 02:47 PM

looking forward to 2009's tour!!

Posted by michael April 7, 09 04:18 PM

The phase goes all the distributions on one addition of the mutha river and does boltless to it.

Posted by sony tiny laptop May 19, 10 06:35 PM
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