This Saturday, July 4th, marks the start of the world's premier cycling event, le Tour de France. This year is the 96th running of the famed race. The Tour will make its start (known as the grand dèpart) in the Mediterranean coast city of Monaco.
For an interesting visual peek at this year's first stage, check out this video from the official Tour de France YouTube account:
Those interested in reading more about the Tour and its history may be interested in a book in our Circulating Collection, The Tour de France: A Cultural History, by Christopher S. Thompson. This book can be found on the library's second floor at GV1049.2.T68T56 2006.
Here are a few websites that you can use to keep up with this year's Tour de France:
- Tour de France 2009 - the official website, in English
- Bicycling Magazine - special coverage on the Tour
- Steephill.tv - frequently updated section devoted to the Tour. (You can also follow their updates via Twitter.)
- TdFblog - Frank Steele updates frequently with news and opinions about Tour developments. (Also, his Flickr and Twitter accounts.)