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2010 Tour de France - part II

The 2010 Tour de France cycling race is now over, with Spain's Alberto Contador claiming his third win in Paris yesterday. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg finished 39 seconds back, and seven-time tour winner Lance Armstrong finished 23rd in his final Tour de France. This 97th running of the iconic race started in Rotterdam with 198 riders in 22 teams of nine, and finished yesterday, 3,642 km (2,263 mi) later in Paris, France on the Champs-Elysees. Collected here are a handful of images from the second half of the race - see part I for earlier photos. (41 photos total)

The pack ride past sunflowers during the 184.5 km 14th stage of the 2010 Tour de France between Revel and Ax-Trois-Domaines, southern France in the Pyrenees region on July 18, 2010. (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
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127 comments so far...

I want to see blood!

Posted by GeigerCounter July 26, 10 01:01 PM

Nice work Thanks for sharing

Posted by Nitin July 26, 10 01:04 PM

One commonality among the bicyclists - they are all super fit and slim. Bravo!

Posted by zunedune July 26, 10 01:05 PM

great photos!

Posted by Javier July 26, 10 01:08 PM

Que paisagens lindas... Eis o verdadeiro sentido do esporte: o prazer de competir em irmandade!

Posted by Livia July 26, 10 01:08 PM

I am spanish... what do you want me to win?? hahaha VIVA ESPAÑA!!!

Posted by Jorge July 26, 10 01:10 PM

YES YES YES! Thank you! Was hoping Le Tour would be today's update. Awesome work

Posted by Carl S July 26, 10 01:13 PM

Great photos!

Posted by suprie July 26, 10 01:14 PM


maravillosas, interesante la #24

un saludos,

Posted by July 26, 10 01:20 PM

great photos! omg the little dogs in # 24 think they're part of the match!!! no little doggies you're not part of the french tour!!! and people please don't confuse this with the french open, lol. people always confuse the french open with the tour of france. one is a bike thing and the other is a tennis. one is a sport and the other is a different kind of sport where there is no defense part to it. anyway, great pics and viva la radio shack!!!

Posted by John July 26, 10 01:23 PM

I don't like the sport, but the pictures are stunning!

Posted by Mathieu July 26, 10 01:31 PM

#8 Vino!!!!

Posted by Bill July 26, 10 01:41 PM

Eeeeeh, Astana! Vinokurov is the greatest for me! Amazing photos!

Posted by Talant July 26, 10 02:14 PM

Great pictures. Thanks !!

Posted by Marcel July 26, 10 02:17 PM

Some nice views there, spoiled by some cycling drugstores tho.. can't someone get them into a consumption room so they don't have to do it in public?!

Posted by Simone July 26, 10 02:25 PM

@John: those animals you might have observed in photograph #24 are called (indeed in a limited part of the world) SHEEP.

Posted by DogsAreNotSheep July 26, 10 02:29 PM

wow,,,, what a beautiful photos

Posted by Faisal Saeed July 26, 10 02:30 PM

Great pictures! Thank you very much.
Jan Herps, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Posted by Jan Herps July 26, 10 02:31 PM

Armstrong without the just another rider in the tour

Posted by Anonymous July 26, 10 02:32 PM

Bela pic (S )! = Dxx
* beleza impressionante !

Posted by Saray A Canaan July 26, 10 02:39 PM

I must say I'm quite proud to be French when I see the landscapes we have here.

Posted by Charles July 26, 10 02:42 PM

Did Paul the Octopus predict Contadore's win?

All Glory to His Tentacled Omniscience!

Posted by Carbon July 26, 10 02:55 PM


Posted by kengard July 26, 10 03:07 PM

Great !

Posted by Nicolas July 26, 10 03:18 PM

@Dogsaren'tSheeps lol i can't believe i thought that was a dog! now that i look at it closer you are most probably right. BUT, how do you explain the blue dots? maybe they are witches?

Also, maybe you can help me find out what is in the man's hands in the 28? i thought it was a javelin but it looks to be all wood and he has on almost no armor. so then i say maybe it's a pool stick, but why? so then i just say i don't know and that i hope it doesn't jab that pony.

Posted by John July 26, 10 03:22 PM

Very very beatifull!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by staminckia July 26, 10 03:23 PM

Très belles photos !

Posted by Alain July 26, 10 03:23 PM

Photo 30 : yet again the caption writers get it wrong. Mark Cavendish is NOT ENGLISH, he is Manx - from the Isle of Man. This is a small island, it is NOT part of England, nor is it part of the United Kingdom, it has it's own Parliament, legal system and currency (that happens to have parity with UK Sterling).


Posted by Ben July 26, 10 03:59 PM

why no photograph of Mark Cavendish winning in spectacular fashion in Paris? :(
other than that, amazing photos! :) very nice!

Posted by Kara July 26, 10 04:05 PM

Amazing Pictures

Posted by r July 26, 10 04:30 PM

ben - the isle of man relies on the UK military for its defense.

It is not technically part of the UK, but the UK effectively controls it.

the isle of man is cute, but doesn't have any real sovereign power.

it also uses the British Pound as currency.

in light of the above facts, it's not that big of a deal.

Posted by Ryan July 26, 10 04:44 PM

Best photos of Le Tour anywhere.

Posted by Mash July 26, 10 04:46 PM

thanks for those picture of France

so beautiful

Posted by flo July 26, 10 04:53 PM

Not really a fan of the Tour De France, but once again stunning photos. Im in Paris at the moment and was in the Champs Elysee when the cyclists were riding in the their teams having the photos. But i got bored and went to watch Toy Story 3 instead! Good movie if i do say so myself.

Posted by Josh July 26, 10 05:10 PM

Jorge: I am spanish... what do you want me to win?? hahaha VIVA ESPAÑA!!!
Good year for Spain, pal. No doubt about it. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Great pictures as always, BP.

Posted by Aloha Jones July 26, 10 05:21 PM

Spectacular photos! I know how challenging it is too take great photos of bike racing.

Posted by Mike July 26, 10 05:23 PM

Re: #28 Thanks (really!) for clearing that up about Mark Cavendish! I became a big fan watching him blast from seemingly out of nowhere to win 5 stages. Incredibly impressive. Fantastic rider. His emotional appearance on the podium was one of the highlights of The Tour.

Posted by mileslarboy July 26, 10 05:38 PM

Fuerza Contador!!!!
y Animo Samuel el proximo tour tiene un escalon del podio reservado para ti

Posted by YO July 26, 10 06:48 PM

#37 is the definition of PRO

Posted by Erik July 26, 10 07:11 PM

Great photos of a great race!

Posted by Donutman July 26, 10 08:41 PM

I wonder how did you get these nices pics with high resolution and without watermark?

Posted by para July 26, 10 09:46 PM

Great Photos! Thanks!!

Posted by Rahul Poral July 26, 10 10:21 PM

Thank you for these wonderful photos!
These are great athletes--so great that there's bound to be suspicion of doping. Eat it, naysayers!
A group of us has vacationed together during Le Tour for the past several years, and the live morning coverage inspires us on our mountain rides later after the day's stage has finished.
Thank you again, Big Picture!

Posted by Husker Biker July 26, 10 11:26 PM

I don't understand why he is "Spain"?
(Because Astana is Kazakhstan city, and his wear has colors of Kazakhstan, and logo if Kazakhstan country).


Posted by Zebooka July 26, 10 11:50 PM

Greate pictures.
2010 Spain's year. World cup (football),tennis, and the last
Tour de France

Posted by komkai July 27, 10 01:28 AM

Great, great pictures. A superb mix of action and landscapes.

By the way, as well as Cav' being Manx (not English), the "coach" in picture 30 is Erik Zabel, one of the all-time great sprinters and one of the greatest ever German cyclists. He won the Green jersey six times and took 12 stage victories in the tour.

Cav' has already won 15 stages of the Tour. He will already be remembered as possibly the best pure sprinter ever - and he is still young.

PS As the Isle of Man is a Crown Protectorate, you can call him British if you prefer.

Posted by Palomides July 27, 10 02:21 AM


Posted by Somesh July 27, 10 02:24 AM

Thank you for all the wonderful photos...

Posted by Sivaganesh.P July 27, 10 03:08 AM

LA fotografia di TIRALONGO è bellissima. Sono chi lo ha portato al ciclismo e quella foto con l'acqua cristallizzata in quel momento del bere alla borraccia è incantevole. Complimenti.

Posted by Lino Bellia July 27, 10 03:39 AM

Much better than the first series, however I hate #20

Posted by Nico Nijman July 27, 10 03:49 AM

Images are fascinating.. France must be a very beautiful country.. People are lively.. I wait for new updates on this best picture-site on the web.. GREAT effort. Please do some work on my ancient beautiful culture of India.

Posted by Arvind Batra July 27, 10 04:50 AM

"Armstrong without the just another rider in the tour
Posted by Anonymous July 26, 2010 02:32 PM"
Just as well you are anonymous, or you'd be sued for libel. Pity you can't also be sued just for being full of sh*t. Where is your evidence? Nowhere, because there isn't any. I suspect you're French.
I love Le Tour. My only argument with it is with the Green Jersey - they need to chaneg teh way that is done - there is no doubt that Mark Cavendish is the best sprinter int eh world - by far - and that jersey should be his by rights.

Posted by Phil July 27, 10 04:54 AM

Thanks so much for the fantastic coverage - I dont even recall seeing the sunflowers - should just have had more photos of Lance Armstrong - I am one of his greatest admirers

Posted by Glenda Louw July 27, 10 05:29 AM

Beautiful Photos of a wonderful Tour. Thankyou!

Posted by Gary July 27, 10 05:46 AM

Horsebyke-our future, isn't it?

Posted by michael July 27, 10 05:48 AM

great sports and professional pics.........thanks

Posted by salih valiyaparambil July 27, 10 06:05 AM

@10 (John): funny, the man who tries to teach something is caught himself :)
@25 (John): the dots are used for the shepperds to recognize their herds. The javelin as you called it is a lance, to remember the old times (knignts, spears, etc.)

Posted by toox July 27, 10 06:11 AM

awesome up to no end love it all

Posted by Munier July 27, 10 06:27 AM

Des photos vraiment magnifique, merci beaucoup de nous en faire profiter !

Posted by Christelle Girard July 27, 10 07:57 AM

Impresionantes imégenes deportivas, creo que de las mejores en este estilo que he visto en mucho tiempo.

Posted by Crisolino July 27, 10 07:59 AM

Great photos, thanks for posting. Reading the comments about doping, why so bitter? (Simone)...and (Anonymous) there is a consistency of optimal ages for endurance athletes, something Lance is well past. What goes on iside the pro peleton is likely pretty consitent among riders/teams. Let the sport governing body deal with it. Meanwhile the TDF is a spectacular event!, 100 years ago, today, and probably 100 years into the future.

Posted by John - Boston July 27, 10 08:01 AM

Wow, these are amazing photos! They really make you feel like you're part of the race.

Posted by Del Duncan July 27, 10 08:21 AM

Belíssimas fotos!!!! Parabéns

Posted by Sandro July 27, 10 08:53 AM


Posted by Monica July 27, 10 09:24 AM

Chéverísimas las fotos! ... (aunque faltó una de Lance)

Posted by Oscar Pulido July 27, 10 09:39 AM

very nice, I love it

Posted by Anonymous July 27, 10 09:46 AM

I am happy for Spain!
Tennis, World Cup, and Tour de France.
Way to go!

Posted by Anonymous July 27, 10 10:52 AM

I am happy for Spain!
Tennis, World Cup, and Tour de France.
Way to go!
Oh, and for these most amazing photographs, THANK YOU!

Posted by Eve July 27, 10 10:54 AM



Posted by gal July 27, 10 10:57 AM

Not a single picture of the "28" jersey. How about a team shot with all the jerseys on the podium?

Posted by Scott July 27, 10 11:05 AM

Outstanding pictures. Especially #38. I am sure the symbolism of Lance looking back at his last Tour is lost on very few. Regardless of how you feel about him as an individual, his contribution to the tour - overall wins, continuous battle regarding the doping controversy, comeback from cancer and his return from retirement - put him in that pantheon reserved for great athletes. Just like Diego Maradona, you don't have to like him to appreciate his contribution to his sport.

Posted by Ronald - Toronto July 27, 10 11:07 AM

Beautiful photos, but not enough mountains...

Posted by Luciano July 27, 10 11:22 AM

lol @ 20

Posted by Anonymous July 27, 10 12:17 PM

Beautiful scenery,great riders,excellent coverage,one of the best Tours i have watched so far! Kudos to everyone!

Posted by raymond clifford July 27, 10 12:17 PM

Great Pics!! Would have loved to have been there!!!

Posted by Michael Begg July 27, 10 01:53 PM

The animals in No. 24 are mountain goats, not sheep

Posted by David July 27, 10 02:55 PM

hilarious hilarious, overseas moon always brighter


Posted by singdreams July 27, 10 03:03 PM

Pantani per sempre nei nostri cuori

Posted by Andrea Barattini July 27, 10 03:53 PM

What an amazing collection
Fav # 1, 6, 17, 22, 29, 33

Posted by Amel July 27, 10 04:31 PM

Commenter #28 has issues! I'm Scottish but also British and also a Cavendish fan.

Andy Schleck will win next year!

Posted by David July 27, 10 05:09 PM

Fantastic pics; a brief reminder of the highlights of TdeF 2010.

Posted by Frank July 27, 10 05:18 PM

Re @John (25) :
Should help you ;)

Posted by Olivier July 27, 10 07:38 PM

What Grate Phots, Thank you very much!!

Posted by Baku Suzuki July 28, 10 02:53 AM

why sport pictures are always over saturated?

Posted by kevin July 28, 10 04:24 AM

at phil post 52:The federal investigation will prove that Armstrong was doping during almost all his career, if they want evidence, is no problem, ells are available in anti-doping laboratory,requires that the commission of inquiry so requests

Posted by jam July 28, 10 04:36 AM

I love these pics!

Posted by TwoSim July 28, 10 04:45 AM

Dear David, I can't understand why you don't recognise a sheep. Unless you are making a joke. He ha.

As for those who think Armstrong did not dope check out the steroids he used for 'saddle sores' and later got a post dated certificate of exemption for. Or the epo found in his bloods taken before there were tests, but saved by the lab. You must have heard about this stuff. He has never been busted, but he has tested positive at least twice and maybe a third time in the Tour of Switzerland (covered up). I am sure you must have heard about this stuff.

No doubt he is the biggest global media personality in cycling. But also not the finest character model.

Posted by Tom Cahill July 28, 10 04:49 AM


Posted by VASUDEVA July 28, 10 05:01 AM

"My only argument with it is with the Green Jersey - they need to chaneg teh way that is done - there is no doubt that Mark Cavendish is the best sprinter int eh world"
It's a shame, though, that green jersey isn't made for the best sprinter.

Posted by kam July 28, 10 05:53 AM

Those photos are best I've seen.... AWESOME!!! Chapeaux

Posted by P Ford July 28, 10 06:06 AM

Excellent job for the photographers!!!!!!!!!
All of them are brilliant!
Cool !!!!!!!

Posted by Xurxo Otero July 28, 10 07:01 AM

@52 (Phil): The Green Jersey is a points competition for the most consistent rider. It is not an "end-of-the-stage-sprint" competition. Cavendish wins the stage but is definitely not the most consistent rider on the course. I think there should be more points awarded for the "sprint" points spread throughout the course, and less awarded for the stage win. This would really show which rider is most consistently at the front... which is what the Green Jersey is all about.

Posted by Chris July 28, 10 07:14 AM

What equipment did you used? Specially, What lens?

Posted by Anskari July 28, 10 07:32 AM

Amazing photos!!!

Posted by Mia July 28, 10 07:48 AM

Thank you

Posted by WillemHJRooze July 28, 10 10:33 AM

Here Ye, Here Ye,

I thusly denounce the participants of this sport to be cheating scallywags of the highest order and will state that the sport, if it can still be called a sport, as a whole is circumspect to the point of being a sham, a production, a false endeavor or interest. Further, I pronounce it quite comical that the French have turned a beautiful tournament of champions into something resembling more the WWE [formerly WWF], a scripted "sport," than a true contest that makes proud the hearts of men.

For Lance Armstrong, undoubtedly the face of the sport and it's most respected and singularly performance enhancing drug free participant, to have the walls of what was once a dignified sport collapse around him is quite the shame.

Alas, I'll never stop watcing, such is my character: looking for hope under every rock, dignity in every shadow, and justice atop every hill.

I yearn for the cycling days of yore.

Posted by Alfred July 28, 10 10:45 AM

Amazing photos for sure, the best i ever seen........

Posted by banik July 28, 10 11:25 AM

The cycling event became all the more inspiring with these outstanding pictures indeed! Thanks for the postings.

Posted by Mukund Kajale July 28, 10 11:44 AM

excellent pics...

Posted by Anonymous July 28, 10 03:56 PM

Belíssimas fotos! Parabéns pra equipe, especialmente, os fotógrafos que fizeram um show de imagens fantásticas. // Beautiful photos! Congratulations to the team, especially the photographers who made a show of fantastic images.

Posted by Labouré Lima July 28, 10 05:18 PM

Incredible photos. Grand champion Alberto Contador. After having a cerebral aneurysmnow has won three Tours de France, a Giro d'Italia and the Tour of Spain. It is the best. Come on Spain!

Posted by Lolo July 28, 10 05:25 PM

some of the best photos i have seen of the tour de france 2010..thank you so much for posting them

Posted by luis antonio Ramos July 28, 10 09:36 PM

I noticed the nasty comment about Lance Armstrong was posted by anonymous. What is the matter, Anonymous? Do you not have the guts to sign your name.

Posted by Wild Bill, Texas July 28, 10 10:35 PM

Awesome memoirs - oh those sun flower shots - Great !

Posted by Linda Hamilton July 28, 10 11:32 PM

I loved them all but my favorite #6, with those enormous trees, and of course the one with the "dogs" - uh sheep.

Posted by Live4July July 29, 10 02:26 AM

the best tour photos i'ver ever seen!

go andy go

Posted by jenser July 29, 10 08:38 AM

Fantastic shots! Wonderful to relive some of the special moments.

Posted by Whitty July 29, 10 09:59 AM

Super awesome photos. I usually don't comment but this collection deserve appreciation. Favs #4, #6, #8, #10, #29

Posted by Amit S July 29, 10 10:19 AM

There'll only ever be one winner.............You can say what you want but in his peak he was unstoppable and even this year he could rock with the young guys, Lance you simply were and still are the best!! (and I'm not American)

Posted by Slimmy July 29, 10 11:38 AM

Best Example Of health wealth an detirmation

Posted by Deepak July 29, 10 12:08 PM

C'est trés beau,
BRAVO à eux et à vous

Posted by ANNIE D.S. July 30, 10 05:37 PM

bedankt zeer mooie foto's ,top mannen, vallen,opstaan en verder
zeer mooie beelden

Posted by monique July 31, 10 11:40 AM

Jawel, geweldige foto's!

Posted by Henny Boogert August 1, 10 06:55 AM

WAW !!! Leuke,prachtige herrinneringen aan de Tour 2010.

Posted by Marijke Sanctorum August 1, 10 03:01 PM

Bonjour , Qui Vous Envoie CES Toutes les photos Est, CE Que les Particuliers Comme Moi peuvent vous envoyer des photos qui seraient publiées

Posted by latour August 2, 10 12:58 PM


Posted by saveulee August 3, 10 12:46 AM

great pics, especially of Cameron Diaz did she win,? kt dallas tx

Posted by ken taylor August 4, 10 04:19 PM

Un beau Tour, un beau pays, de beaux champions, de très belles photos.

Posted by rv2m August 5, 10 05:07 AM

Schleck looks so good in yellow!

Posted by Sam August 7, 10 11:10 AM

its very adventurous pictures;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;junaid (Pakistan)

Posted by junaid August 7, 10 03:58 PM

It´s becoming boring for the spanish to win every mayor event that takes place in France....

Posted by Spaniiiski August 10, 10 01:30 PM

nadherne fotky z prekrasnych pretekov !!!!!!

Posted by jozef - slovakia August 13, 10 08:30 AM

Magnifiques photos
Course cycliste grandiose
Les cyclistes sont de grands sportifs
La France est un trés beau pays avec des paysages trés variés.

Posted by Alain B i s c o n s August 17, 10 05:46 AM

i want to be like you

Posted by Josefa Mora August 18, 10 12:01 PM

d piks r amazing !!

Posted by venkatesh August 18, 10 11:21 PM

ภาพสวยมากๆ ครับ

Posted by thanawut August 20, 10 12:06 PM

BRAVO , strahotni fotografii

Posted by Nick of the BEST September 1, 10 02:44 AM
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