Google Doodle celebrates 100th Tour de France as gruelling race starts today
Google has marked the 100th Tour de France with an animated Google Doodle as it kicks off today in Corsica.
The landmark race starts today with Ireland’s Nicolas Roche among the competitors.
The Tour de France is a mix of flat and mountainous stages and will take the 198 riders from Corsica to Paris for Sunday, 21 July's finish.
The three-week race covers around 2,000 miles and this year will be held entirely held within the French borders - the first such race since the 100th anniversary race in 2003.
The Google Doodle shows a moustached cyclist pedalling with the double O's of Google forming the bicycle wheels.
The first organised race was held in 1903 and has been held annually every year excepts for when it stopped for the two World Wars.
Independent News Service