Tap into the Tour de France with a Limited Edition Arty T-Shirt

Tap into the Tour de France with a Limited Edition Arty T-Shirt

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Chris Froome chases Richie Porte in the 2016 Tour. photo: Filip Bossuyt

The 2017 Tour de France– the 104th edition of the iconic cycling race– starts with an individual time trial in Düsseldorf on 1 July, and concludes on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 23 July.

It’s anyone’s guess what’s in store for the riders of the 18 participating teams in between these two locations. Team Sky UK’s Chris Froome is aiming to win for a third straight year, and fourth overall, following victories in 2013, 2015 and 2016. “We’re ready as a team and I can’t wait for the Tour to start now,” said the 32-year-old. “Honestly, I just love it. It’s a feeling that you don’t get from any other race.” But Froome needs to watch his back, according to reports the 32-year old Australian pro-racer Richie Porte – Team BMC – is in great shape for the 3,540 kilometre test of awesome mental and physical strength.

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The maillot jaune, the coveted yellow jersey, is the Tour’s signature T-shirt awarded daily after each of the 20 stages, or race days, to the rider who is the overall leader of the race so far.

Limited edition T

French artist/printmaker/filmmaker Fernand Léger (1881-1955) is legendary for his personal form of cubism – painted in vibrant colours – which he gradually modified into his signature figurative, populist style. His boldly simplified treatment of modern subject matter made him a forerunner of pop art.

To celebrate Léger and the Tour de France, La Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais have designed limited edition Tour de France Yellow Jersey T-shirts (S-M-L-XL) — only 600 of them!– based on the artist’s 1950 signed lithograph “Le Cirque”. The curvy tattooed lady is saying: “I am not asking you if your grandmother can ride a bike” (me neither!).

“Léger was fascinated by the circus and often painted cyclists”, said Sophie de Mestiri of the Museum’s communication and cultural office.

Price 20€ – from 5th July, 2017

Where to find it:

  • La boutique du Grand Palais
  • La boutique du Petit Palais
  • La  boutique du Musée du Louvre
  • La boutique du Centre Pompidou
  • Boutique Musée Picasso – 4 rue de Thorigny, 3rd
  • Musée Message Biblique Marc Chagall, Nice
  • La boutique Musée Fernand Léger, Biot
  • La boutique of the Musée Matisse, Nice

And also on :

www.boutiquesdemusees.fr

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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 !

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