Over the course of 21 stages, the Tour de France doles out a steady stream of riveting racing from the worlds best cyclists, but the French stage race is nearly as famous for its stunning visuals as it is for what happens on the road. This makes Instagram’s visual-heavy feed a perfectly suited supplement to watching the race live on TV.
Here’s our favourite feeds that take you inside the biggest race in cycling.
Ashley Gruber (@AshleyGruber) and Jered Gruber (@JeredGruber) have an incredible ability to capture the Tour de France in both broad strokes and fine details. Both accounts range from the grandeur of the peloton flying through striking landscapes to intimate portraits of riders, fans and the support staff. For their ability to consistently and creatively present such a wide breadth of what makes the Tour so special to fans, this husband and wife duo are at the top of our list.
I had bad legs today, from the start. It was really hot and I also lost my bottle on a bump, just 400 meters into the race. I gave my best, as I always do, but I also suffered a lot to respect the coveted yellow jersey I had. I wish I could have contributed a little bit more to Rafal's GC quest today but this is the way it is in sports. You have good days, you have difficult days. Tomorrow we'll have another chance and, once again, we will give it our all. (Photos @bettiniphoto) Dnes sa mi nešlo dobre už od štartu. Bolo naozaj horúco a ešte som aj stratil flašku na jednom spomaľovači, hneď 400m po štarte. Robil som čo som mohol ako vždy, ale o to viac som trpel keďže sme chceli udržať žltý dres. Kiež by som mohol aspoň viac pomôcť Rafalovi v celkovom poradí, ale taký je šport. Raz máte dobré a raz zlé dni. Zajtra máme ďalšiu šancu a opäť do toho dáme všetko.
Three time UCI road race world champion Peter Sagan isn’t just one of the best riders currently racing, he’s also one of the most entertaining. Where many top WorldTour riders are reserved, or too busy training to bother with social media, Sagan’s quirky personality fits the Instagram platform perfectly. It’s not all Grease re-enactments and jokes, though, as the Slovakian star frequently uses his feed (@petosagan) to connect directly with his fans in honest, surprisingly candid reflections on his racing efforts.
Tim de Waele
There are many photographers riding along with the peloton, but Getty Images pro sports photographer Tim de Waele (@tdwsport) has a knack for finding himself in the thick of things at the race’s key moments. De Waele is our top choice for your direct look at what the race looks like from inside the peloton.
The Australian WorldTour team has always had a knack for the social side of bike racing that has continued from the Orica Green Edge days to the new Mitchelton-Scott team. Canada’s Svein Tuft may not be racing this edition of Le Tour, but with one of the best feeds in the peloton, Mitchelton-Scott (@mitchelton_scott) is still one of our top Tour follows. As a bonus, you get the team’s updates from Giro Rosa, where Jolien D’Hoore has already won two stages.
Dans La Musette (@danslamusette)
Dans La Musette (@danslamusette) offers cycling coverage with a solid mix of fandom and humuor. If you like your memes served slathered in mayo jaune, Dans La Musette is your source for a lighter look at Le Tour.