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Tour de France at Its Most Beautiful

Le Tour is long and tough, but also incredibly stunning.

The 105th Tour de France, which began on July 7 and runs until July 29, is a tough, 21-stage endurance race covering 2,082 miles and featuring mountain climbs in the Alps, Pyrenees, and the Massif Central highlands of France (plus stretches of bumpy rides down cobbled roads). But for a competition so incredibly grueling, it sure is beautiful. Here, some stunning moments captured en route.

MOUNTAIN VIEW Tim de Waele/Getty Images MOUNTAIN VIEW RAY OF LIGHT JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images RAY OF LIGHT

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HORSE POWER MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images HORSE POWER A spectator on horseback rides alongside the pack in northern France. SILHOUETTES MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images SILHOUETTES FIELD OF DREAMS MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images FIELD OF DREAMS ROADSIDE SUPPORT MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images ROADSIDE SUPPORT VIEW FROM A TRAIN Tim de Waele/Getty Images VIEW FROM A TRAIN CUTTING THROUGH JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images CUTTING THROUGH IN POSITION MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images IN POSITION BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF THE PACK JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF THE PACK LAKESIDE Tim de Waele/Getty Images LAKESIDE MOUNTAIN CLIMB Justin Setterfield/Getty Images MOUNTAIN CLIMB



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