How to watch Le Tour de France live and Map 2014

 

To watch Le Tour de France live is thrilling but what about when you don’t have TV like me…  No problem, you can use this genius App called TunnelBear and if you need more explanations on how it works, click here.

Then if you want to watch Le Tour de France on french TV you click here after you choose France on the TunnelBear app.

Le Tour started in 1903 and  became very popular rapidly.  Long gone is the competitor who smokes his cigarette and drinks wine in the middle of the race.

Winner of Tour de France 1903

Winner of Tour de France 1903

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can look at the history of Le Tour and see a reflection of what is happening in Europe at the time. From the very famous and only international black woman, star of her time Josephine Baker with the athletes at the departure of the Tour de France 1933.

Josephine Baker Tour 1933

Josephine Baker Tour 1933

 

 

To the first payed Holidays, “congés payés”, voted by le Front Populaire in 1936, everybody in France is a fan of Le Tour because French people have a love story with their bicycles.

Conges payes 1936

Conges payes 1936

The familiar nickname of the bike is “la petite reine” or “the small queen” and famous song have been written about it, like Yves Montand A Bicyclette.

 

As for me I’ll be watching closely Le Tour de France and especially Saturday July 19 from Grenoble to Risoul, a small ski station in Le Queyras region where I used to work. The race is going over two mythical mountain pass Le Galibier and L’Izoard and will go down in a valley dear to my heart, see you there.

map tour de france alps 2014

map tour de france alps 2014

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