Le Géant du Tourmalet, Pyrénées, France
Canon IXUS 700 and CS2 ~ 110 views on 11th August 2011
I see a cyclist breathing out a thin cloud…
The sculptor is Jean-Bernard Métais. According to the sign (not in this photo), this sculpture commemorates the first passage of the Tour de France at the Col de Tourmalet in 1910. With the Tourmalet at 2115m altitude the Tour enters a new era: the high mountains. On 21st July 1910, Octave Lapize was the first racer of the Tour to get through the Col du Tourmalet. He won the Luchon-Bayonne (326kms) in 14 hours & 10 mins.
~ Featured in Maximum Exposure 14th July 2011
~ Featured in Sculpture 8th Aug 2012
A heartfelt thank you to the person who bought a photographic print of the Géant du Tourmalet. May this photograph bring you smiles as it does me.
I found this beautiful video on youtube called Tour de France Sculpture – Pyrenees uploaded by nellac2007 about a stunning sculpture by the same artist…