• The peloton gets a rare chance to enjoy the scenery. (Getty)Source: Getty
The Tour de France may be the world's biggest bike race, but it's also a showcase for the marvels of the French countryside. Check out the sights of the second week of the race.
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Cycling Central

17 Jul 2017 - 7:54 AM  UPDATED 17 Jul 2017 - 8:56 AM

Stage 10: Periguex to Bergerac

New week, new part of France: the peloton found themselves in new terrain after the first rest day. However, the sights were just as spectacular. Thonac’s Chateau de Belcayre, overlooking the mighty Vézère river, took our prize for the most impressive architecture of the day.

Stage 11: Eymet to Pau

The racing may have been a little predictable, with Marcel Kittel continuing his sprint dominance, but the French countryside didn’t care. Check it out.

Stage 12: Pau to Peyragudes

French revolutions! A thrilling stage saw French darling Romain Bardet take victory, but it also gave us our first glimpse of the high mountains. We hope you get the same thrill of excitement from seeing the mist-shrouded peaks around Peyragudes as we do.

Stage 13: Saint-Girons to Foix

At only 101km, this was the shortest Tour de France stage in 20 years – and one of the most explosive. The rugged slopes of the Pyrenees formed the backdrop for aggressive racing: you can almost smell the fresh mountain air as the camera helicopter swoops over the peaks and through the valleys. 

Stage 14: Blagnac to Rodez

It wouldn’t be a Tour de France without a stage featuring fields of sunflowers, and this was it. However, the Museo Aeronáutico Aeroscopia in Blagnac also provided a unique sight, with generations of aeroplanes clustered. The picturesque town of Rodez formed the springboard for Australia’s first stage victory, with Michael Matthews taking the prize.

Stage 15: Laissac-Sévérac l'Église to Le Puy-en-Velay

It was 'race on' through the medium mountains. The peloton may have missed the sights but we didn't, with a bevy of medieval castles, churches and towns - combined with waterfalls and more than a few bemused 'Vaches du Tour'.