Images from the Tour de France in the 1990s

I first followed the Tour de France in the 1990s. After I graduated from college, I spent some time working odd jobs and traveling in Europe. I saw my first Tour in San Sebastian, Spain. Very dramatic stuff: Basques blowing up cars before the start of the race, my college roommate slicing his hand trying to cut down a Tour sign, and so on.

A non-Tour-compliant bike in San Sebastian, waiting for the race to begin.
A non-Tour-compliant bike in San Sebastian, waiting for the race to begin.

When I went to graduate school, I decided to research the Tour. I got to spend the summer of 1999 following the Tour, driving in a car and camping on hillsides to wait for the race.  Here are some images!

Lance in France
Lance Armstrong and challengers climbing up the Alpe d’Huez in 1999. I took this while stationed at “Dutch Corner.”
Camping on top of the Col du Galibier, waiting for the riders. Really beautiful!
Camping on top of the Col du Galibier, waiting for the riders. Really beautiful!
Fans of Richard Virenque waiting on the Col d'Aubisque in the Pyrenees.
Fans of Richard Virenque waiting on the Col d’Aubisque in the Pyrenees.
Me camping on the Col de Peyresourde, waiting for the Tour.
Me camping on the Col de Peyresourde, waiting for the Tour.

 

 

 

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