The 20 most stunning photos from the Tour de France so far


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There are multiple reasons to tune in to the Tour de France. The biking’s pretty cool, as are the seemingly bizarre, but surprisingly sensible race strategies that teams use to propel their favorites along. (For a quick guide to how it all works and why it’s awesome, click here.)

But of course, even if you can’t get into the cycling (but, seriously, did you read our beginner’s guide to the Tour yet?), you’ll want to watch it just to see the beautiful scenery along the way. Europe is a beautiful place. Peep the the below-posted gallery for proof.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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