The 100th Tour de France arrives on the Champs-Elysées Sunday 21st July 2013

The 100th anniversary of the Tour de France deserved to be celebrated in style, and that’s exactly what will be happening on Sunday 21st July 2013 in Paris.

The last stage leaves from the Château de Versailles, with riders doing around ten kilometres through the magnificent gardens (for the first time ever), then, when they arrive in Paris, they’ll cross over the Louvre, do ten laps around the Champs-Elysées Tuileries Gardens and finally finish around 9.45pm, with the Arc de Triomphe lit up in yellow, and a firework display!

Here’s all the info…

Arrivée du 100ème Tour de France sur les Champs-Elysées dimanche 21 juillet 2013
photo by Simon Cope used under cc licence

The riders will arrive in Paris around 5.30pm, but you’ll have to get to the Champs-Elysées a lot earlier if you want a chance of seeing them speed by.

Also, be prepared for the parade of sponsors which takes abotu two hours to go by – washing powder manufacturers, sausages, biscuits, you name it you’ll see it.

And as we mentioned, it’s a special end to the race this year, with coloured lighting illuminating the Arc de Triomphe, and a fireworks display to mark the 100th Tour de France!

No cycling fan should miss this.

Arrivée du 100ème Tour de France sur les Champs-Elysées dimanche 21 juillet 2013
photo by Sophie Gironi used under cc licence

The 100th Tour de France finishes on the Champs-Elysées (here) Sunday 21st July 2013

Arrives around 5.45pm, finishes around 9.45pm

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