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Tour de France 2008 map Photographs from France, July 2008

Here are some photos taken from my trip to France in July 2008. I flew into Toulouse on Tuesday 15th and the following day, travelled to Cavaillon, south-west of Avignon, to join up with the rest of the group (twenty of us in total). On a very warm and sunny Thursday we rode to Mont Ventoux, the "Giant of Provence". After spending 2 nights in Cavaillon we travelled north to the pretty university city of Grenoble to stay for the remainder of the trip.

I managed more than 1000km of cycling during the nine days. Scenery was spectacular in the Alps, as always. We rode some old favourite routes such as Mont Ventoux and Alpe d'Huez as well as exploring some new territory such as the Col de la Croix de Fer, Chamrousse, and the hills of the historic Vercors region which was a major hiding place for the French Resistance during World War 2. The region is dotted with monuments to the people of the Resistance.

I was quite lucky with the weather - plenty of warm-hot sunshine with only one day when it rained. And it really did rain. Riding down the descent from the ski village of Chamrousse back into Grenoble, visibility was near zero for a time. I haven't been that wet in a long time!


Mont Ventoux Summit
Mont Ventoux Summit
Mont Ventoux Summit
Mont Ventoux Summit
On top of the Col de Porte
Col de Porte
Grenoble
Grenoble
Riding through the valley towards Bourge d'Oisans and Alpe d'Huez
Towards Alpe d'Huez
The view from Alpe d'Huez
View from Alpe d'Huez
Descending Alpe d'Huez
Descending Alpe d'Huez
The view towards Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes

WW II Memorial with spectacular mountain backdrop
WW II Memorial
The view from the dam on the Col du Glandon
Col du Glandon
La Chappelle en Vercors
La Chappelle en Vercors
La Chappelle en Vercors
La Chappelle en Vercors
The D531 near Villard de Lans
The D531 near Villard de Lans
The D531 near Villard de Lans
The D531 near Villard de Lans
The D531 near Villard de Lans
The D531 near Villard de Lans
View of Grenoble from part way up to La Bastille
View of Grenoble

On the road towards the Col du Lauteret
Col du Lauteret
Looking down the Briançon side of the Col du Lauteret
Col du Lauteret
The four breakaway riders nearing the top of the Col du Lauteret
Col du Lauteret
The peleton nearing the top of the Col du Lauteret
Col du Lauteret
Close-up of the peloton near the top of the Col du Lauteret
Col du Lauteret
Close-up of the peloton near the top of the Col du Lauteret
Col du Lauteret
Breakaway riders in Bourge d'Oisans, approching the bottom of Alpe d'Huez
Approching Alpe d'Huez
The leading chase group, including Frank Schleck in the yellow jersey, approching the bottom of Alpe d'Huez
Approching Alpe d'Huez

 
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