Le Tour de France: Watch the Race Finish in Paris

Le Tour de France: Watch the Race Finish in Paris
The 105th Tour de France is made up of 21 stages and covers 2,069 miles That’s the distance from New York to Las Vegas! It’s that time again, when cycling royalty takes to the long and winding roads of the Hexagon for the world’s most grueling bike race – 22 teams of 8 riders – 176 starters. The 22-day event is colossal; 12 million spectators are expected to line the route with the 21 stages broadcast live in more than 60 countries. The iconic competition began on 7th July from Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, western France, up hills and mountains and down dales onto excruciating cobblestones – resulting in the final push for victory – and the yellow jersey on July 29th when the racers pedal furiously from Houilles towards Paris for the traditional evening stage, with lots of champagne, and 8 exciting circuits of the city and the Champs Elysées. This year, Le Tour pedals down the Golden Triangle’s Avenue Montaigne; the men in lycra whizz right in front of the landmark Parisian Hôtel Plaza Athénée. So why not watch the action from one of the Plaza’s splendid rooms with a view (from €1450) or suites with a view (from €1780)? Or consider the outdoor La Cour Jardin, which, for the summer season transforms into a gorgeous green stripe Cabana Café, just like their sister Dorchester Collection Beverly Hills Hotel, California, with accents on salads and milk shakes for lunch and dinner. Or just swing by for cocktails in “Le Bar du Plaza Athénée”. And if all the excitement leaves you feeling a bit rumpled and crumpled – there’s always the Dior Institut to soothe mind and body. If Chris Froome (Team Sky) wins, he’ll celebrate his fifth victory. The pundits point out that this technical course also suits Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Nairo Quintana (Team Movistar), Richie Porte (Team BMC Racing), Romain Bardet (TeamAg2r-La Mondiale) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). Follow the Tour and prepare to be amazed by the spectacular scenery – impressed by the competitor’s dedication, skill and endurance. May the best man win! Hôtel Plaza Athénée, 25 Avenue Montaigne, 8th Reservations: 01 53 67 66 65
, Email: [email protected] Stage 1, July 7: Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile – Fontenay-le-Comte, 189km Stage 2, July 8: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – La Roche-sur-Yon, 183km Stage 3, July 9: Cholet – Cholet (TTT), 35km Stage 4, July 10: La Baule – Sarzeau, 192km Stage 5, July 11: Lorient – Quimper, 203km Stage 6, July 12: Brest – Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan, 181km Stage 7, July 13: Fougères – Chartres, 231km Stage 8, July 14: Dreux – Amiens Métropole, 181km Stage 9, July 15: Arras Citadelle – Roubaix, 154km Rest day, July 16: Annecy Stage 10, July 17: Annecy – Le Grand Bornand, 159km Stage 11, July 18: Albertville – La Rosière, 108km Stage 12, July 19: Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs – Alpe d’Huez, 175km Stage 13, July 20: Bourg d’Oisans – Valence, 169km Stage 14, July 21: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende, 187km Stage 15, July 22: Millau – Carcassonne, 181km Rest day, July 23: Carcassonne Stage 16, July 24: Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon, 218km Stage 17, July 25: Bagnères-de-Luchon – Saint-Lary-Soulan (Col de Portet), 65km Stage 18, July 26: Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau, 172km Stage 19, July 27: Lourdes – Laruns, 200km Stage 20, July 28: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette (ITT), 31km Stage 21, July 29: Houilles – Paris Champs Elysées, 115km

Lead photo credit : The 2017 finish of the Tour de France. Image courtesy of Le Tour.

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend It.com, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !