The 2013 Tour de France is underway and each day brings the riders closer to the finish line along the Champs-Élysées in Paris. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France, the world's most notable cycling race, and takes the riders through 21 stages in Corsica and the French mainland covering a total distance of 3,404 kilometers. That's just over 2,115 miles! This Sunday, July 21st, the excitement of the Tour de France hits the capital as the riders head toward the finish line right in the heart of the Paris.
The final stages starts in regal Versailles and takes the teams along a route of 133.5 kilometers into the center of Paris to the grand finale laps around the Champs-Élysées to Place de la Concorde and along the Seine. There will be huge crowds around the best spots, but if you're a cycling enthusiast this is an amazing experience you'll never forget!
If you're new to cycling and would enjoying finding out more in a fun and heartwarming way, check out A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France by Maribeth Clemente.
Image Credit: Tour de France in Paris by F.d.W.