Tour de France 2017 : Touren og Europa
Samme år som vi feirer Romatraktatens 60 års jubileum, gir også utstillingen «le Tour et l’Europe» et innblikk i hvordan Tour de France er nært knyttet til europeisk historie og hvordan det sivilet samfunnet ofte er en forløper for denne bevegelsen som har som mål å fremme vennskap mellom folk og fred på kontinentet.
On 1 July 2017, the Tour de France riders will set off from Düsseldorf. Between then and 23 July, they will travel through 34 French departments and visit three neighbouring countries, cheered on all the way by 10 million spectators, of whom 20% will be non-French, mostly Europeans, as well as millions of fans around the world.
The Grande Boucle, as it is also known, has a huge international following and is an opportunity to promote the parts of France and Europe through which it passes, the sportspeople, and the values of sharing inherent in sport.
In its first edition in 1903, Germans, Belgians and Italians raced alongside Frenchmen, joined in subsequent years by riders from many other countries (Luxembourg, UK, Denmark, Mexico, Australia, etc.).
The number of stages in neighbouring countries has gradually increased, and the Grande Boucle has, among other places, passed through Ghent, Luxembourg, Aosta, Maastricht, Berlin and Utrecht. This year, the riders will begin in Germany and will also pass through Belgium and Luxembourg.
ASO (Amaury Sport Organization) and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs have teamed up to tell the European history of the Tour de France in order to show how much the Europeans do and are the Tour de France.
The "Le Tour et l’Europe" exhibition can be seen on the gates of the Quai d’Orsay until 18 September 2017.