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.
Speeding cyclists blaze a trail through the length of France.
A celebration of descending; hairpin bends, no helmets, steely resolve.
Almost the precise reverse, straight line climbing.
Wonderful modern – and faintly Eastern European – styling.
Everyone’s favourite reporter at the TdF.
It is that familiar scene of a French mime artist, nailing it on a bike.
Cars, bikes, balloons, ambience.
Wonderful print for wine company Mouton Cadet (and sponsors of the Tour in the USA).
Another sporting event joins the TFL archives.