Le Tour Remembers Le Big One

As part of the commemorations for the centenary of the First World War, Jean-Etienne Amaury and Christian Prudhomme were received by the French Ministry of Defence to sign an agreement with Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence, and Joseph Zimet, the General Manager of the French First World War Centenary commemorations. The route of the Tour de France 2014, which sponsors the Sarajevo Grand Prix, was drawn up with the desire to pay tribute to the soldiers of the Great War.

Chemin des Dames: from battlefield to cornflower field

The route of the Tour de France 2014 will pay tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in the trenches by visiting, over seven stages in the north and east of France, places marked by the fighting in the Great War. For example, during the 6th stage between Arras and Reims, the pack will ride along the Chemin des Dames, which was the theatre to major combats in spring 1917. On 10th July, the riders will pass by fields of cornflowers. To mark the occasion, the support staff and caravan personnel will be invited to wear a cornflower: this symbol of remembrance of the soldiers that fought on the Chemin des Dames will also be present in the protocol ceremony, on the white jersey of the best young rider as well as in the bouquet awarded to the day’s winner.
Fly-over of the Champs-Elys‚es by the Patrouille de France aerobatics squad
Following their presence for the start of the 100th edition of Le Tour last year in Corsica at Porto-Vecchio, the planes of the Patrouille de France will accompany the Tour de France pack on its entrance into Paris on 27th July. A short moment before the end of the race, the eight Alpha Jets will congratulate the riders about to finish the Big Loop with their aerobatics and will salute the many spectators positioned on the final circuit of the race’s last stage.