Tour de France

Tour de France

Each year, the Tour de France challenges the world's top cyclists with a strenuous journey across France.

While the route changes each year, one thing remains constant: the Tour de France always ends on Paris's grandest avenue, the Champs Elysées. For a spot near the finish line, cycling enthusiasts can choose the Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysées, Paris to see the winners come in.

History of the Tour de France
Arguably cycling's most famous event, the Tour de France has a history spanning over a full century. First run in 1903, the event presents cyclists with an ever-changing course stretching over 3,000 kilometres (2,000 miles) across France.

Cyclists ride the tour for 21 days and must confront any challenging landscape set in front of them. The New York Times equated the tour to "running a marathon almost every day for almost three weeks" and comparing the mountainous tracts of the tour to climbing Mount Everest - three times.

Despite the challenge of the Tour de France, several cyclists have repeatedly finished in the top spot. Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain have each won the tour five times, with record-holder Lance Armstrong finishing first a total of seven times.

Accommodation for the Tour de France
While the cyclists of the Tour de France will face a tough course over the event's 21 days, fans can greet them at the finish line in comfort at the Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysées, Paris. With comfortable beds, an upscale restaurant and unparalleled service, guests will be able to see the conclusion of the Tour de France in style from this hotel on the Champs Elysées in Paris.