The Tour de France and the Arc de Triomphe: two giants meet up

On the final circuit of the last stage of the Tour 2013, the competitors will ride up the entire Champs-Elysées for the first time and then go around the Arc de Triomphe. The background to the award ceremony will be an unprecedented video-mapping spectacle that will bring the Arc de Triomphe to life, accompanying the winners on the podium from 21:45.

Broad shoulders, majestic stature and elegance … since 1836 the Arc de Triomphe has crowned the highest point of the Champs-Elysées, at the heart of a perspective that was enriched by the arrival of the Obelisk on the Place de la Concorde just a few weeks after its inauguration, and – 150 years later –  by the Great Arch of La Défense. This lighthouse of the capital, built to honour the nation’s heroes, will meet and salute the Giants of the Tour 2013 next Sunday 21st July. For the occasion, the Arc de Triomphe will shine to the rhythm of a light show that will highlight its lines, play with its volumes and accompany – through a symphony of colours – the scenes of the award ceremony for the 100th Tour de France. In its first appearance in a ‘live’ role, the monument imagined by Napoléon Bonaparte promises to steal the show. After the intensity of the final sprint that will take place at its feet, the Arc de Triomphe will heighten our emotions and witness a historic event.

Among the 12 tableaux that will light up the Arc, the one dedicated to the Yellow Jersey of the 100th Tour will feature a particularly enchanting tribute to the spirit, values and magic of the Tour.  

In all, a 45-minute spectacle is planned, with a whole range of innovative visuals and sounds. 

In a unique venue and at a unique time, the spectators on the Champs Elysées and viewers of the 100 TV channels that broadcast the race in 190 countries will discover Paris and the Tour de France like never before.