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July 8, 2013

Tour de France 100th edition: Part one

Cyclists have completed 9 of 21 stages and have already climbed through mountain passes of the Pyrenees during this years historic 100th race covering 2,115 miles around France. Five different riders have held the lead in the first week, and now Christopher Froome of Great Britain, one of the pre-race favorites, wears the leader's yellow jersey as the race heads to northwestern France to begin its second week. The race, first organized in 1903 by the French newspaper L'Auto to boost circulation, will finish in Paris on July 21. -- Lloyd Young ( 41 photos total)

Germany's Marcel Kittel celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 213 km first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on June 29v between Porto-Vecchio and Bastia, on the French Mediterranean Island of Corsica. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

An aerial view shows the pack of riders as they cycle along the coast during the 145,5 km third stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Ajaccio to Calvi, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. (Reuters via Pool photo) #

The pack of riders cycles past a vineyard during the 195 km eight stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Castres to Ax 3 Domaines on July 6. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters) #

Netherlands' Lieuwe Westra throws a bottle of water as he rides in the breakaway during the 145.5 km third stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 1 between Ajaccio and Calvi, on the French Mediterranean Island of Corsica. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #

German rider Marcel Kittel of the Argos-Shimano procycling team celebrates on the podium wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey after winning the 1st stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Porto-Vecchio and Bastia, Corsica, France, on June 29. (Yoan Valat/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A detail of the top tube on the bike of Peter Sagan of Slovakia riding for Cannondale is seen at the start of stage nine of the 2013 Tour de France. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

The pack rides during the 156 km second stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on June 30 between Bastia and Ajaccio, on the French Mediterranean Island of Corsica. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #

The pack rides during the 156 km second stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on June 30 between Bastia and Ajaccio. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #

Netherlands' Johnny Hoogerland is seen on the ground after a fall during the 213 km first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on June 29 between Porto-Vecchio and Bastia, on the French Mediterranean Island of Corsica. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #

Spanish rider Joaquim Rodriguez of the Katusha procycling team receives treatment during the 6th stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Aix-en-provence and Montpellier on June 4. (Nicolas Bouvy/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Tony Martin of Germany is taken to an ambulance on the finish line after crashing in the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 213 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Porto Vecchio and finish in Bastia, Corsica island, on June 29. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press) #

Andre Greipel of Germany celebrates crossing the finish line ahead of Peter Sagan from Slovakia, second place, left, and Marcel Kittel of Germany, third place, rear in white, to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 176.5 kilometers (110.3 miles) with start in Aix-en-Provence and finish in Montpellier, southern France, on July 4. (Peter Dejong/L'Equipe via Associated Press) #

France's Cyril Gautier rides during the 156 km second stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on June 30 between Bastia and Ajaccio, on the French Mediterranean Island of Corsica. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #

The group with the yellow jersey climb the Col De Mente during stage nine of the Tour de France, a 168.5KM road stage from Saint-Girons to Bagneres-de-Bigorre, on July 7. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

France's Pierre Rolland rides as costumed supporters run next him during the 195 km eighth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 6 between Castres and Ax 3 Domaines, southwestern France. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images) #

The pack rides during the 168.5 km ninth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 7 between Saint-Girons and BagnæÆres-de-Bigorre, southwestern France. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #

Jean-Christophe Peraud, left, of France and AG2R La Mondiale and team mate Romain Bardet recover after at the end of stage eight of the 2013 Tour de France, a 195KM road stage from Castres to Ax 3 Domaines, on July 6. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) #

Movistar procycling team rider Nairo Quintana of Colombia celebrates on the podium with the best young rider's white jersey following the 9th stage of the 100th edition Tour de France 2013 cycling race between Saint-Girons and Bagneres-de-Bigorre, France, on July 7. (Nicolas Bouvy/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A man performs to mark the start of the 213 km first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on June 29 between Porto-Vecchio and Bastia, on the French Mediterranean Island of Corsica. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman sprays water on spectators from a Vittel vehicle belonging to the Tour de France advertising caravan before the start of the 25 km team time-trial and fourth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 2b around Nice, southeastern France. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #

Overall leader Christopher Froome of Britain jokes as he has his picture taken by cycling fans outside his hotel on the rest day of the Tour de France cycling race in La Baule, western France, on July 8. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press) #

Polka dot jersey of best climber France's Pierre Rolland sings autograph in Ajaccio before the start of the 145.5 km third stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 1 between Ajaccio and Calvi, on the French Mediterranean Island of Corsica. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #

A palm tree casts its shadow on the road as team Radioshack Leopard with Jan Bakelants of Belgium, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides during the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race, a team time-trial over 25 kilometers (15.6 miles) with start and finish in Nice, southern France, on July 2. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press) #

Mark Cavendish of Great Britain and Omega Pharma-Quick Step celebrates winning stage five of the 2013 Tour de France, a 228.5KM road stage from Cagnes-sur-mer to Marseille, on July 3 in Marseille, France. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) #

Omega Pharma-Quick Step procycling team rider Mark Cavendish of Britain (foreground right) celebrates with his teammates after winning the 5th stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. (Yoan Valat/European Pressphoto Agency) #

The Sky Procycling team passes under a bridge during the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race, a team time-trial over 25 kilometers (15.6 miles) with start and finish in Nice, southern France, on July 2. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press) #

Australia's Simon Gerrans celebrates his Overall leader's yellow jersey with his teammates after they won the 25 km team time-trial and fourth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 2. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images) #

Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland riding for Omega Pharma-Quick Step takes to the podium as he earned the best young rider's white jersey in stage three of the 2013 Tour de France, a 145.5KM road stage from Ajaccio to Calvi, on July 1 in Calvi, France. The 100th edition of Le Tour de France commences on the island of Corsica and ends July 21 in Paris. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

Fans encourage the pack of riders as it cycles along the coast during the 213 km first stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica on June 29. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters) #

The pack climbs towards Pailheres pass during the eight stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 195 kilometers (122 miles) with start in Castres and finish in Ax 3 Domaines, Pyrenees region, France, on July 6. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press) #

France's Thomas Voeckler grimaces as he rides in the breakaway during the 195 km eighth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 6 between Castres and Ax 3 Domaines, southwestern France. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images) #

Ian Stannard, right, of Team Sky looks on as riders gather themselves after a crash during stage seven of the Tour de France, a 205.5KM road stage from Montpellier to Albi, on July 5 in Montpellier, France. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

France's Thomas Voeckler, center, raises his bike as riders block the road after falling during the 205.5 km seventh stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 5 between Montpellier and Albi, southwestern France. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #

Garmin-Sharp procycling team rider Christian Vandevelde of the reacts after crashing during the 5th stage of the 100th edition Tour de France between Cagnes-sur-Mer and Marseille, France, on July 3. (Jerome Prevost/pool photo) #

Spectators watch from atop a statue as the pack gets ready to take the start of the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 205.5 kilometers (128.5 miles) with start in Montpellier and finish in Albi, southern France, on July 5. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press) #

Fans picnic as the pack of riders cycles on its way during the 228.5 km fifth stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Cagnes-Sur-Mer to Marseille on July 3. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters) #

Race leader yellow jersey holder Orica Greenedge team rider Simon Gerrans of Australia cycles past Sisters of the Consolation congregation during the 228.5 km fifth stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Cagnes-Sur-Mer to Marseille on July 3. (Jacky Naegelen/Reuters) #

Simon Geschke of Germany, left, collects water bottles from his team car during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 205.5 kilometers (128.5 miles) with start in Montpellier and finish in Albi, southern France, on July 5. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press) #

The peloton in action during the 7th stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Montpellier and Albi, France, on July 5. (Yoan Valat/European Pressphoto Agency) #

The pack with Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, left, Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Spain's Alberto Contador, right behind Froome, climbs Hourquette d'Anzican pass during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168.5 kilometers (105.3 miles) with start in Saint-Girons and finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, Pyrenees region, France, on July 7. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press) #

Euskaltel Euskadi procycling team rider Igor Anton of Spain in action during the 8th stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Castres and Ax 3 Domaines, France, on July 6. (Guillaume Horcajuelo/European Pressphoto Agency) #



 
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