Photograph: Chris Graythen/Getty Cropped

Photo: Photograph: Chris Graythen/Getty (cropped)

16 July 2021 | The Guardian

As the prestigious bike race nears its conclusion in Paris, spectators have lined French roadsides to support the cyclists

Stage 15: Supporters cheer on Alejandro Valverde of Spain and the Movistar Team in Andorra. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty

Stage 1: villagers in traditional costume perform for the peloton in Brest
Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Stage 1: children collect goods thrown from
the publicity caravan before the arrival of the race
Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Stage 1:a spectator waits for the pack as it travels from Brest to Landerneau
Photograph: Daniel Cole/AP

Stage 2: fans enjoy an elevated viewpoint during the 2nd stage between Perros-Guirec and Mûr-de-Bretagne Guerlédan
Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty

Stage 3: a sign reads ‘Vive le Tour’ en route from Lorient to Pontivy
Photograph: Daniel Cole/AP

Stage 5: a time trialist passes onlookers on the 27km course between Change and Laval
Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Stage 6: a boy sits on a bike on top of a hay bale in Châteauroux
Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Stage 8: a spectator waits to take pictures during the eighth stage between Oyonnax and Le Grand-Bornand
Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Stage 10: a young fan greets Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck – Quick-Step in Albertville
Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Stage 11: spectators wait for the riders during the 11th stage from Sorgues to Malaucène
Photograph: Daniel Cole/AP

Stage 14: fancy dress on the road from Carcassonne to Quillan
Photograph: Chris Graythen/Getty

Stage 14: a rider gives away a water bottle between Carcassonne and Quillan
Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty

Stage 14: spectators wait for the riders in Quillan
Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Second rest day: Steven Kruijswijk of Team Jumbo-Visma signs a jersey for a young fan in Andorra
Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

Stage 15: supporters cheer on Alejandro Valverde of Spain and the Movistar Team in Andorra
Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty

Stage 15: a mounted fan waits in Andorre-la-Vieille
Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty

Stage 16: a couple watch the pack pass from Pas de la Case to Saint-Gaudens
Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Stage 16: spectators gather in Saint-Gaudens
Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Stage 17: crowds line a Pyrenean mountainside between Muret and Saint-Lary-Soulan
Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Stage 18: all dressed up. A lone spectator waits for the peloton to pass from Pau to Luz Ardiden
Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

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