FACADES
09
Emotions
and behind the
scenes of
the Tour de France
↥ MYRIAD

The Tour de France crosses a myriad of landscapes throughout the 21 stages. Flat fields, steep Alpine regions, le Tour has it all. Unfortunately, the bunch doesn’t really have the time to enjoy the views, as the race is naturally highly demanding in terms of concentration in order to stay on track. But with the help of talented photographers, you get the chance to see more than you ever imagined.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

↥ CITY

For a rider, reaching a city is quite unique- it changes the game. The introduction of tricky corners and roundabouts forces a different level of vigilance from the riders. For spectators, these sections allow them to explore and to see and enjoy architecture from all over the country.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

↥ CONTRAST

The North of France and its historically red brick houses provide for a very nice contrast to the grey skies on those rainy stages. Move to the south of France, and the more beige tone of the houses give a smoother contrast with the blue skies.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

↥ CREATIVITY

The Tour de France is one of those events that lead to a lot of public creativity. Supporters know that given the right blend of ingenuity and clever concepts, they might end up on national television, so they go all out. People not only dress up themselves, but also their houses and shops in hopes for their 15 seconds in the limelight. It is a tribute to the riders, a tribute to the tour, and lastly a tribute to that all important color- YELLOW.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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↥ THE CLIMB BEGINS

As the riders entered the mid-mountain stage in Les Vosges, they had their first real climbing test of the Tour. It will only get tougher from here on out.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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As the climbs get steeper, an Addict emerges.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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As another mountainous day awaits for Stage 10, the riders will mentally and physically prepare fo get back on the saddle in the morning. The show moves on.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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