Bastille Day slideshow: Scenery from the 2013 Tour de France

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  • The Patrouille de France aerobatic team performs at the start of the first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 213 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Porto Vecchio and finish in Bastia, Corsica island, France, Saturday June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The Patrouille de France aerobatic team performs at the start of the first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 213 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Porto Vecchio and finish in Bastia, Corsica island, France, Saturday June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Niki Terpstra of The Netherlands rides towards world heritage site Mont-Saint-Michel, rear, a rocky tidal island which holds a monastery, during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers (20.6 miles) with start in in Avranches and finish in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Niki Terpstra of The Netherlands rides towards world heritage site Mont-Saint-Michel, rear, a rocky tidal island which holds a monastery, during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers (20.6 miles) with start in in Avranches and finish in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • The pack climbs during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (91 miles) with start in Ajaccio and finish in Calvi, Corsica island, France, Monday July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack climbs during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (91 miles) with start in Ajaccio and finish in Calvi, Corsica island, France, Monday July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • The pack with Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, in third position speeds down Val Louron-Azet pass during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168.5 kilometers (105.3 miles) with start in Saint-Girons and finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, Pyrenees region, France, Sunday July 7 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack with Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, in third position speeds down Val Louron-Azet pass during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168.5 kilometers (105.3 miles) with start in Saint-Girons and finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, Pyrenees region, France, Sunday July 7 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • The pack with Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Spain's Alberto Contador, right behind Froome, climbs Hourquette d'Anzican pass during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168.5 kilometers (105.3 miles) with start in Saint-Girons and finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, Pyrenees region, France, Sunday July 7 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack with Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Spain's Alberto Contador, right behind Froome, climbs Hourquette d'Anzican pass during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168.5 kilometers (105.3 miles) with start in Saint-Girons and finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, Pyrenees region, France, Sunday July 7 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Stage winner Daniel Martin of Ireland, left, and second place Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark, right, climb Hourquette d'Anzican pass during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168.5 kilometers (105.3 miles) with start in Saint-Girons and finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, Pyrenees region, France, Sunday July 7 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Stage winner Daniel Martin of Ireland, left, and second place Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark, right, climb Hourquette d'Anzican pass during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168.5 kilometers (105.3 miles) with start in Saint-Girons and finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, Pyrenees region, France, Sunday July 7 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • The pack with Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, left, Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Spain's Alberto Contador, right behind Froome, climbs Hourquette d'Anzican pass during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168.5 kilometers (105.3 miles) with start in Saint-Girons and finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, Pyrenees region, France, Sunday July 7 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack with Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, left, Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Spain's Alberto Contador, right behind Froome, climbs Hourquette d'Anzican pass during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168.5 kilometers (105.3 miles) with start in Saint-Girons and finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, Pyrenees region, France, Sunday July 7 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • The pack rides on a tree-lined road during stage eight of the Tour de France cycling race over 195 kilometers (122 miles) with start in Castres and finish in Ax 3 Domaines, Pyrenees region, France, Saturday July 6 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack rides on a tree-lined road during stage eight of the Tour de France cycling race over 195 kilometers (122 miles) with start in Castres and finish in Ax 3 Domaines, Pyrenees region, France, Saturday July 6 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Peter Kennaugh of Britain, Vasili Kiryienka of Belarus, and Richie Porte of Australia, set the pace for Christopher Froome of Britain, in fourth position, as they climb snow-covered Pailheres pass during stage eight of the Tour de France cycling race over 195 kilometers (122 miles) with start in Castres and finish in Ax 3 Domaines, Pyrenees region, France, Saturday July 6 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Peter Kennaugh of Britain, Vasili Kiryienka of Belarus, and Richie Porte of Australia, set the pace for Christopher Froome of Britain, in fourth position, as they climb snow-covered Pailheres pass during stage eight of the Tour de France cycling race over 195 kilometers (122 miles) with start in Castres and finish in Ax 3 Domaines, Pyrenees region, France, Saturday July 6 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
  • The pack passes lines of trees during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 176.5 kilometers (110.3 miles) with start in Aix-en-Provence and finish in Montpellier, southern France, Thursday July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack passes lines of trees during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 176.5 kilometers (110.3 miles) with start in Aix-en-Provence and finish in Montpellier, southern France, Thursday July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipiriani
  • The pack rides during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 176.5 kilometers (110.3 miles) with start in Aix-en-Provence and finish in Montpellier, southern France, Thursday July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) The pack rides during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 176.5 kilometers (110.3 miles) with start in Aix-en-Provence and finish in Montpellier, southern France, Thursday July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
  • The pack passes under an aqueduct during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 176.5 kilometers (110.3 miles) with start in Aix-en-Provence and finish in Montpellier, southern France, Thursday July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) The pack passes under an aqueduct during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 176.5 kilometers (110.3 miles) with start in Aix-en-Provence and finish in Montpellier, southern France, Thursday July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
  • The pack speeds downhill towards Marseille, left, during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 228.5 kilometers (142.8 miles) with start in Cagnes-sur-Mer and finish in Marseille, southern France, Wednesday July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack speeds downhill towards Marseille, left, during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 228.5 kilometers (142.8 miles) with start in Cagnes-sur-Mer and finish in Marseille, southern France, Wednesday July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • The pack speeds downhill passing the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Rocks near Piana during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (91 miles) with start in Ajaccio and finish in Calvi, Corsica island, France, Monday July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack speeds downhill passing the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Rocks near Piana during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (91 miles) with start in Ajaccio and finish in Calvi, Corsica island, France, Monday July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • The pack with Jan Bakelants of Belgium, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Spain's Alberto Contador, standing in blue and yellow, passes rock formations near Piana during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (91 miles) with start in Ajaccio and finish in Calvi, Corsica island, France, Monday July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) The pack with Jan Bakelants of Belgium, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Spain's Alberto Contador, standing in blue and yellow, passes rock formations near Piana during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (91 miles) with start in Ajaccio and finish in Calvi, Corsica island, France, Monday July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
  • The pack climbs during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (91 miles) with start in Ajaccio and finish in Calvi, Corsica island, France, Monday July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack climbs during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (91 miles) with start in Ajaccio and finish in Calvi, Corsica island, France, Monday July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • The pack passes a railroad bridge near Ponte Leccia during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 156 kilometers (97.5 miles) with start in Bastia and finish in Ajaccio, Corsica island, France, Sunday June 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) The pack passes a railroad bridge near Ponte Leccia during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 156 kilometers (97.5 miles) with start in Bastia and finish in Ajaccio, Corsica island, France, Sunday June 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
  • The pack climbs during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 156 kilometers (97.5 miles) with start in Bastia and finish in Ajaccio, Corsica island, France, Sunday June 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack climbs during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 156 kilometers (97.5 miles) with start in Bastia and finish in Ajaccio, Corsica island, France, Sunday June 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Blel Kadri of France rides in the breakaway during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 156 kilometers (97.5 miles) with start in Bastia and finish in Ajaccio, Corsica island, France, Sunday June 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Blel Kadri of France rides in the breakaway during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 156 kilometers (97.5 miles) with start in Bastia and finish in Ajaccio, Corsica island, France, Sunday June 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Spectators watch from windows as Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia arrives prior to the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191 kilometers (119.4 miles) with start in in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule and finish in Lyon, central France, Saturday July 13 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Spectators watch from windows as Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia arrives prior to the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191 kilometers (119.4 miles) with start in in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule and finish in Lyon, central France, Saturday July 13 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
  • Spectators walk up to the middle of the road to catch a glimpse of the breakaway group led by Jens Voigt of Germany during the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191 kilometers (119.4 miles) with start in in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule and finish in Lyon, central France, Saturday July 13 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Spectators walk up to the middle of the road to catch a glimpse of the breakaway group led by Jens Voigt of Germany during the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191 kilometers (119.4 miles) with start in in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule and finish in Lyon, central France, Saturday July 13 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • The pack rides towards Lapalisse castle during the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191 kilometers (119.4 miles) with start in in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule and finish in Lyon, central France, Saturday July 13 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) The pack rides towards Lapalisse castle during the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191 kilometers (119.4 miles) with start in in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule and finish in Lyon, central France, Saturday July 13 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
  • The pack passes fields of wheat near Nouans-les-Fontaines during the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 173 kilometers (108.1 miles) with start in in Tours and finish in Saint-Amand-Montrond, western France, Friday July 12 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) The pack passes fields of wheat near Nouans-les-Fontaines during the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 173 kilometers (108.1 miles) with start in in Tours and finish in Saint-Amand-Montrond, western France, Friday July 12 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
  • The pack with Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes, bottom left corner, passes Durtal castle during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 218 kilometers (136.2 miles) with start in in Fougeres and finish in Tours, western France, Thursday July 11 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) The pack with Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes, bottom left corner, passes Durtal castle during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 218 kilometers (136.2 miles) with start in in Fougeres and finish in Tours, western France, Thursday July 11 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
  • The pack rides over a bridge spanning Loire river near tours during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 218 kilometers (136.2 miles) with start in in Fougeres and finish in Tours, western France, Thursday July 11 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack rides over a bridge spanning Loire river near tours during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 218 kilometers (136.2 miles) with start in in Fougeres and finish in Tours, western France, Thursday July 11 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Stage winner Marcel Kittel of Germany, third right right in white jersey, sprints towards the finish line in the last 200 meters to win ahead of second place Andre Greipel of Germany, left, third place Mark Cavendish of Britain, second right, and fourth place Peter Sagan of Slovakia, far right in the best sprinter's green jersey, during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 197 kilometers (123.1 miles) with start in in Saint-Gildas-des-Bois and finish in Saint-Malo, Brittany region,  western France, Tuesday July 9 2013.  (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) Stage winner Marcel Kittel of Germany, third right right in white jersey, sprints towards the finish line in the last 200 meters to win ahead of second place Andre Greipel of Germany, left, third place Mark Cavendish of Britain, second right, and fourth place Peter Sagan of Slovakia, far right in the best sprinter's green jersey, during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 197 kilometers (123.1 miles) with start in in Saint-Gildas-des-Bois and finish in Saint-Malo, Brittany region, western France, Tuesday July 9 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) Photo by: Peter Dejong
  • The pack passes the Atlantic Sea coast during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 197 kilometers (123.1 miles) with start in in Saint-Gildas-des-Bois and finish in Saint-Malo, Brittany region,  western France, Tuesday July 9 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) The pack passes the Atlantic Sea coast during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 197 kilometers (123.1 miles) with start in in Saint-Gildas-des-Bois and finish in Saint-Malo, Brittany region, western France, Tuesday July 9 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
  • Cycling fans with a flag featuring a Moor's head, the Corsican emblem, cheer as the pack passes during the first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 213 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Porto Vecchio and finish in Bastia, Corsica island, France, Saturday June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Cycling fans with a flag featuring a Moor's head, the Corsican emblem, cheer as the pack passes during the first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 213 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Porto Vecchio and finish in Bastia, Corsica island, France, Saturday June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
  • The pack rides along the coast line of the Mediterranean Sea during the first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 213 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Porto Vecchio and finish in Bastia, Corsica island, France, Saturday June 29, 2013.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena) The pack rides along the coast line of the Mediterranean Sea during the first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 213 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Porto Vecchio and finish in Bastia, Corsica island, France, Saturday June 29, 2013.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
  • British fans cheers as Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, left, passes with the pack during the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191 kilometers (119.4 miles) with start in in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule and finish in Lyon, central France, Saturday July 13 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) British fans cheers as Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, left, passes with the pack during the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191 kilometers (119.4 miles) with start in in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule and finish in Lyon, central France, Saturday July 13 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena
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  • The pack with Christopher Froome of Britain, third Sky Procycling team rider, rides on a tree-lined road during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 176.5 kilometers (110.3 miles) with start in Aix-en-Provence and finish in Montpellier, southern France, Thursday July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack with Christopher Froome of Britain, third Sky Procycling team rider, rides on a tree-lined road during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 176.5 kilometers (110.3 miles) with start in Aix-en-Provence and finish in Montpellier, southern France, Thursday July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • The pack rides along the coast line of the Mediterranean Sea during the first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 213 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Porto Vecchio and finish in Bastia, Corsica island, France, Saturday June 29, 2013.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena) The pack rides along the coast line of the Mediterranean Sea during the first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 213 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Porto Vecchio and finish in Bastia, Corsica island, France, Saturday June 29, 2013.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Photo by: Christophe Ena

SAN DIEGO, July 13, 2013 - The beauty of France is undeniable. From the physical grandeur of the Alps to the lush vineyards, the forests and river valleys, castles and chic cityscapes, and the coastline from Brittany to the Mediterranean, there is a gorgeous view at every turn.

Riders in the Tour de France travel through over 2,000 miles of this stunningly beautiful nation over the course of three weeks. They hardly have time to appreciate it during the competition as the peloton flies by.


SEE RELATED: 2013 Tour de France TV schedule on NBC Sports, June 29 – July 21


Thankfully for the fans, we are treated to many breathtaking sights along with the breathtaking competition itself.

Since Sunday, July 14 is Bastille Day, there is no more fitting time to celebrate the Tour and one of the most beautiful parts of the world with this slideshow from the first 14 stages of the 100th anniversary edition of the Tour de France. Best of all: there are nine more stages left. Be sure to read our daily coverage here at Communities.

Vive le Tour!

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