The Tour in Pictures

With the greatest sporting event in the world well underway, I suggest you take a look at some amazing photographs. It’s the Tour de France, and in its 97th year the course is carrying its riders across three weeks, three countries and almost 2300 miles. Even if you don’t know your maillot jaune from your lanterne rouge, there’s something for everyone in the Tour—especially in the photographs. The unique scenery and athletic intensity make the annual event a true spectacle, and a great example of interesting sports photography. The Boston Globe’s Big Picture has a nice gallery of images from this year’s Tour, as does the Christian Science Monitor. If you’d like a more historical perspective on the event, and professional cycling in general, take a look at the web site of photographer Graham Watson who has covered the sport for three decades and has assembled a body of work online that shows the modern Tour in all its splendor. He’s gone the extra mile and put together athlete tributes in pictures, allowing you to learn the context and full story in pictures of the greatest cyclists of the modern era—including Lance Armstrong, Marco Pantani, Jan Ullrich and more.

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