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Watching the Tour de France in Provence

We are so lucky, living where we do, as the roads around us are often used for professional cycle races, including the Tour de France.

Since buying the house here, it has passed close by twice, and we have taken every opportunity to watch the professional riders race along some of our favourite roads.

In 2016, I grabbed the chance to watch The Tour finish on the iconic Mont Ventoux whilst the boys were still on their cycle ride from Dartmoor to Sete. Unfortunately, it was the year that incredibly high winds scuppered the highly anticipated summit finish. So instead of heading up onto the bends towards the summit, I spent the day at Chalet Reynard rather under-dressed for the chilly, unseasonal weather! Continue reading here to see Julie’s photos of this exciting finish on Mont Ventoux.

2021 Tour de France

It starts on Saturday, June 26, in Brittany and ends on Sunday, July 18th in Paris.

There should be plenty of excitement for the 108th running of this elite cycling event. Watch for the double climb of Mûr-de-Bretagne in stage 2 of the race. Ten days later, the riders will show the rest of us how to climb the slopes of Mont Ventoux – the Giant of Provence – twice! Here is the route:

Tour de France Provence

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Julie Whitmarsh

Julie Whitmarsh

Julie and her husband Andy started visiting the Vaucluse area 25 years ago & over the years have increased the amount of time they spend there with their growing family. She has a deep affection for the area, finding it is a great place to visit, where the whole family can relax and enjoy time together.

She longs for the day when she can ‘up-sticks’ from her home on Dartmoor & relocate to the Luberon and spend her days cycling, walking, visiting markets & brocante fairs and of course enjoying the local food and drink.

Her blog VaucluseDreamer gives her a space to highlight some of her favourite things about the area from places to visit to particular activities that she and her family all enjoy.

She hopes one day it will be a place where she can share the process of renovating a house in France, but at the moment that will have to wait.

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