PARIS (AFP) — The Arc de Triomphe will be illuminated in yellow for the July 21 arrival of the centenary edition of the Tour of France, race organizers ASO announced on Monday.
The 100th Tour will pass 11 national monuments over three weeks and ASO called its partnership with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux
“natural.” Among those monuments are the walls of Aigues-Mortes, the city of Carcassonne, Mont Saint-Michel, and the Arc de Triumph, around which riders will pass for the first time the final circuit on the Champs-Élysées on July 21.
“It is a real honor for the Tour de France and pride for its organizers to seal a partnership with one of the most prestigious institutions of our country,” said race director Christian Prudhomme, citing a “token of appreciation and confidence.”
The last stage of the Tour, which is scheduled to arrive for the first time at dusk, “will end in a exceptional sounds and lights,” said Prudhomme.
Philippe Bélaval, president of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, welcomed the ASO agreement and said he hoped it would result in popularization of cultural history in France.
The 100th Tour de France starts June 29 on the island of Corsica.