The cycling event of the year
Allez, Allez! The Tour de France comes to a flying finish on the Champs Elysées this Sunday. This is an iconic French sporting event and the atmosphere is always amazing as the cyclists complete the 21st and final leg of the Tour, riding in from Chantilly to central Paris. Kids love all noise and colour and cheering on the cyclists. So if you fancy watching British cyclist Chris Froome whizzing into the city, we have some tips for you.
Where to stand
Of course, the Champs Elysées is a fantastic spot to cheer the very end of this race. But it will be especially crowded there, and you could end up standing for hours and only being rewarded with a glimpse. One recommendation is the section of the Rue de Rivoli in between the exit of the tunnel of the Jardin des Tuileries and the Place de la Concorde. And remember the riders make eight laps around the Louvre and the Tuileries, so the riverside also makes an excellent vantage point and standing there will give you repeated chances for a great photo.
When to get there
The riders are expected to be actually on the Champs Elysées at 7pm, if not sooner, and if you want a good view you should be there a couple of hours before. So your kids should either be a little bit older or very interested in sports!
Even if you have no interest in the Tour de France, it’s worth making yourself aware of the route, and the road and metro closures involved so that your day is not too disrupted.
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