French Mayor of Pau Francois Bayrou, French two-time Tour de France winner Bernard Thévenet, French writer Christian Laborde, French former professional road racing cyclist Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle, American three-time Tour de France winner Greg Lemond, and Irish Tour de France winner Stephen Roche pose before the inaugurate of totems as part of the “Tour of Giants,” a memorial of 101 totems dedicated to the 101 winners of the Tour de France. Photograph: Getty Images

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Team Sky rider Christopher Froome leads the rest of his team during the 9th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

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Riders have described landing on the top, horizontal tube of the bikes during crashes and ending up on the road after their frames splintered and collapsed. Photograph:  Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

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Stephen Roche in the Giro d’Italia leader’s jersey in the Dolomites, climbing during Roche’s first day as race-leader of the race, where Italian fans jeered and even spat at Roche because he’d beaten his own Italian team-mate Roberto Visentin. Photograph: Graham Watson 1:54

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Chris Froome after defending the overall race leader’s yellow jersey during stage 11 of the Tour de France. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

WILLIAM FOTHERINGHAMat Mont Saint-MichelThe tides which sweep across the tidal flats around this legendary monastery-cum-fortress were compared by Vic(...)