Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Photo - Tour de France Publicity Caravan

Part of the Tour de France publicity caravan
As the Tour de France comes to its conclusion, Chris Froome has a solid lead going into Saturday's stage up Alpe d'Huez. This will be the final competitive day of the tour for the overall title. By tradition, the only real racing on the final day is for the sprinters - Everyone else is just along for the ride.

Ahead of the racers at the Tour de France is the publicity caravan, which has vehicles from the many Tour de France sponsors. The photo above is for LCL, a French bank that is the official sponsor of the yellow jersey. In the background, just to the left of the LCL vehicle, you see a lion. Each stage winner since 1987 has received a stuffed lion. The tradition started because the lion was the symbol of Crédit Lyonnais, one of the major sponsors, The bank no longer uses the lion as its mascot, and considered replacing the stuffed lions with trophies, but decided against it.

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