'Tour de France'

Champs-Élysées, Paris



The photos below were taken by Grant Baird/TriathlonShots.com





'Tour de France' Final day

July 26th 2009



Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) a well respected former President overlooking the crowd with "le Tour de France' live on the big screen.









This parade(le caravan) before the riders arrive was the largest by far I have ever seen.

The photo below was taken only 1/4 of the way into it or so.











The riders coming down the Champs-Élysées on one of 8 times.







Andy Schleck in the white with the Skoda cycle jersey. Contodor also in this image but obscured.



















Final general classification

1. Alberto Contador Astana in 85:48:35

2. Andy Schleck Team Saxo Bank in 85:52:46 at 04:11

3. Lance Armstrong Astana in 85:53:59 at 05:24

4. Bradley Wiggins Garmin - Slipstream in 85:54:36 at 06:01

5. Frank Schleck Team Saxo Bank in 85:54:39 at 06:04

6. Andréas Kloden Astana in 85:55:17 at 06:42

7. Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas in 85:56:10 at 07:35

8. Christian Vande Velde Garmin - Slipstream in 86:00:39 at 12:04

9. Roman Kreuziger Liquigas in 86:02:51 at 14:16

10. Christophe Le Mevel Francaise Des Jeux in 86:03:00 at 14:25

11. Mikel Astarloza Euskaltel - Euskadi in 86:03:19 at 14:44

12. Sandy Casar Francaise Des Jeux in 86:05:54 at 17:19

13. Vladimir Karpets Team Katusha in 86:07:09 at 18:34

14. Rinaldo Nocentini Ag2r La Mondiale in 86:09:20 at 20:45

15. Broeck Jurgen Van Den Silence - Lotto in 86:09:25 at 20:50

16. Stephane Goubert Ag2r La Mondiale in 86:11:04 at 22:29

17. Carlos Sastre Cervelo Test Team in 86:14:56 at 26:21

18. Alexandre Botcharov Team Katusha in 86:18:08 at 29:33

19. George Hincapie Team Columbia - Htc in 86:22:02 at 33:27

20. Sylvain Chavanel Quick Step in 86:22:44 at 34:09






A display after the race with lots of young children riding in the yellow jersey.







Team Garmin ; all the teams come around after the race and ceromonies finished and the crowds were still big (after one hour of waiting time from the race concluding).

The crowds were this deep or more on both sides of the 3.6km 'Avenue des Champs-Élysées'.







The Astana team with three riders in the top 6 overall.







L ' Arc de Triomphe as night begins to fall ; the team photos were taken with this in the background.







From this shop on Avenue des Champs-Élysées you could believe Lance Armstrong won this years 'Le Tour de France'.







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'Tour de France' Time Trial, Annecy.







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