Above everything else, it is the spectacle that makes the Tour de France larger than life.
The week-long Tour de France tuneup starts Sunday with a prologue and ends with three days in the French Alps.
It has been 27 years since a Frenchman won the Giro d'Italia, and don't expect that to change this edition.
Thibaut Pinot stuns Romandie peloton with TT win, vaulting into second place overall behind Nairo Quintana.
Already wearing the leader's jersey, Thibaut Pinot claimed the queen stage at the Critérium International to wrap up the overall title
Sam Bennett sprints to the stage 1 victory and Thibaut Pinot takes the stage 2 TT and the GC lead Saturday at the Critérium International
Chris Froome was the big winner after taking the yellow and polka-dot jerseys, while several riders came up short of goals
AFP takes a look back at the French grand tour and highlights five key takeaways
After a rough start to the Tour and a few near misses in his hunt for stage wins, Thibaut Pinot finally triumphs atop Alpe d'Huez
Quintana's strong attack on the Tour's final mountain climb is not enough to overcome Froome's GC lead