Yes its that time to start thinking about the Tour de France.
This year it covers some of the country that we are familiar with - especially stage-18 which goes through a section of the French Alps that we visited in 2015.
For that previous tour we saw stage-17 at Pra Loup near Barcelonnette (near the bottom of this map). The following day we drove north to Briancon, on the same roads that the tour will follow this year in the opposite direction. The roads around the Lac de Serre-Poncon and over the Cote des Demoiselles Coiffees were quite spectacular. I just hope that the SBS live telecast will start in time to show the riders traversing those areas.