The race truly begins on Stage 21, when the riders reach the Champs-Élysées, the beautiful avenue that runs up to the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous roads in the world. It is the race for the sprinters, but to see that long peloton disappearing into the distance is incredible. Usually packed with fans at the roadside, it was eerily quiet this year, no Norwegian corner and people dotted around, as they should be.
However, those there were treated to the fly past by the Patrouille de France, streaming the colours of the nation behind them as the race began in earnest below.
Still magic, still the Champs-Élysées!
Paris – On the Champs!
Original watercolour, pen and ink
28cm x 28cm (11in x 11in)