Riders ride past South Parade Pier in Southsea on the way to the finish line as Portsmouth hosted the Tour de France in 1994. Picture: Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT/ Getty Images
Riders ride past South Parade Pier in Southsea on the way to the finish line as Portsmouth hosted the Tour de France in 1994. Picture: Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT/ Getty Images

Tour de France: 7 photos show what it looked like when Le Tour came to Portsmouth

The Tour de France is among the most famous cycling races in the world.

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Taking place primarily in France every summer – usually starting in early July – it has featured famous names such as Sir Bradley Wiggins, Eddy Merckx and more.

It is one of the Grand Tours

While the majority of the race takes place in France, on occasions the prologue and other stages have taken place abroad.

In 1994, Portsmouth played host to Stage 5 of le Tour – with the racing both starting and finishing in the city.

Here are some throwback photos from the day the Tour de France came to Portsmouth.

Can you remember it?

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