Tour de France 2013 by soundlandscapes published on 2013/07/26 13:57:43 +0000 The 100th edition of the Tour de France began in Corsica on 29th June. For the next three weeks, until 21st July, le Tour criss-crossed France covering some 3,404 kilometres (2,115 miles). It visited 37 French departments and crossed 537 French municipalities. Each year the final stage of the Tour de France ends in the Champs Elysées in Paris. Instead of racing the final stage during the afternoon of the final day as is usual, this year, to mark the 100th edition of le Tour, the final stage began in the early evening at the magnificent Palace of Versailles. It then wound its way through the Parisian suburbs to arrive at the Champs Elysées as dusk was falling and, of course, I was there to watch and to record the events.