The 2010 Tour de France, an annual bicycle race covering approximately 3,600 kilometers (2,200 mi) throughout France and bordering countries, started with an 8.9km prologue in Rotterdam and ends on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The first three stages pass through the Netherlands and Belgium on routes. Most stages are in mainland France. There are six mountain stages, three of them with mountain finishes. The overall winner must be a master of the mountains and of these time trials. 6 out of 22 teams took part in the 2010 Tour de France are covered with a September 2008 agreement with the Union Cycliste Internationale. People often think it is a hard competition; however, Tour de France becomes peaceful with beautiful sceneries in the eyes of AFP journalists.
Beautiful scenery of the mountain
The peloton pass along French fields.
Stage 3, Wanze – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 213km
Tour de France Stage 4: Cambrai to Reims, 153.5km/95mi
Stage 6 – Montargis Gueugnon 227.5 km
The crowd is gathering besides the giant bike.
Andy Schleck finished seventh in the punishing Morzine-Avoriaz to Saint-Jean-de- Maurienne Stage 9
Lance Amstrong, an American professional road racing cyclist, is best known for winning the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times.
France’s Sylvain Chavanel claimed his second solo breakaway win of this year’s race to regain the yellow jersey.
Alberto Contador (Spain) and his team took a break.
Cycling – Tour de France 2008
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Tour de France – Armstrong Remains Third; Nocentini Leads and Stays with Yellow Jersey