The Tour de France photo exhibition

Published on August 12, 2014
  • © Frédéric Mons-L'Équipe

    © Frédéric Mons-L'Équipe

  • © L'Équipe

    © L'Équipe

The Tour de France photo exhibition Melbourne au

A unique photo exhibition on 101 years of the Tour de France

Australians adore the Tour de France (indeed SBS recruits 5 million viewers) and, to celebrate the 2014 edition, a striking photographic exhibition is touring from Paris to Melbourne. It captures the emotion and evolution of the world’s biggest cycling race from the first event in 1903 - appropriately won by handle-bar moustachioed Maurice Garin – to the current day.  The Tour has been held every year with the exception of the world war years.

This exhibition comprises more than 30 photos – ranging from early black and white images of charming towns thronged with spectators who’d journeyed by horse and cart, to the streaking colour blur of contemporary sprinters. There are famous faces, like fivetimes Tour winner Bernaud Hinault.

After taking off from the United Kingdom for a 20th Grand Départ abroad on July 5th , the Tour de France went through Belgium and Spain. The 2014 Edition was made up of 21 stages and covered a total distance of 3,664 kilometres. 

The exhibition ‘Celebrate the 101st edition of the Tour de France’ opens in Melbourne at the Sofitel on Collins (1 – 30 September). Its visit to Australia is sponsored by Nespresso, Air France, Accor Hotels, Atout France and SBS.

Australia is beyond France the only country to stage this exhibition.