TdF cycle art

1st tour

1903, the first tour

Huge, demanding, romantic, superhuman, soap opera on wheels. All of these things and more. The Tour De France captures the hearts of sports fans every July – unlike other cycling events, the TdF seems to woo admirers from all corners – and for cycling inspired artists, endlessly. Here’s a brief snapshot of TDF art, from prosaic beginnings to modern clean lines, spanning quite an artistic spectrum. All images are linked back to their creators, personal websites and/or online shops.


1925 print from Meterore.

Speeding cyclists blaze a trail through the length of France.


La Ronder

1942 print

A celebration of descending; hairpin bends, no helmets, steely resolve.


Tour De France 49

1949 print

Almost the precise reverse, straight line climbing.


1952 print

Wonderful modern – and faintly Eastern European – styling.


1954, edition of Tintin comic

Everyone’s favourite reporter at the TdF.


1983 jersey guide





2009 TdF ‘Watch party’ Austin, Texas

It is that familiar scene of a French mime artist, nailing it on a bike.


2011 print from Crayonfire

Cars, bikes, balloons, ambience.


TDf 2

2011 print for TdF sponsors Mouton Cadet

Wonderful print for wine company Mouton Cadet (and sponsors of the Tour in the USA).

Tour de France London


2014, TFL print for London

Another sporting event joins the TFL archives.

3 replies »

  1. Wonderful post. True, Tour de France inspires not only adrenaline and more love for cycling but also artists. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the TDF. Cheers.

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