For several years thoughout the Tour de France I have been adding pictures and comment day by day about places along the way. I have usually written something about cycling too but this was never my original plan. As much as I like following the excitement of the race and have got to know the names of teams and individual riders, recording Tour statistics was never the original plan so this year I will be concentrating almost exclusively on what I love most about France – the country and the scenery – using this blog as a way to keep a record of places which need to go on our ‘must visit’ list. Of course, there are places we have already visited here as well – in most cases because I feel they are worth a further look. The television coverage usually starts part way along the route, so in most cases the starting point and earlier places along the route will be missing – I can only record what I have seen!
We will of course be cheering the Sky Team, in particular UK riders Chris Froome, in contention for the yellow jersey in succession to Bradley Wiggins (out due to injury) and also Mark Cavendish, riding for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, who has his sights on yet more stage wins and the green overall points jersey. I shall also continue to post a link to the (English language) Official Tour de France website page with the stage details indicated below.
There were no pictures of Porto-Vecchio but instead aerial pictures of the Genoese Tower (Torra di a Parata) on the pointe de la Parata with its offshore islands and lighthouse, Phare des Sanguinaires, close to Ajaccio. Also of interest today were the aerial pictures of the Site Archeologic de la Ville Antique d’Aleria and L’Etang d’Urbino, just south of the Etang pictured below.