The Champs-Elysees in Paris is the traditional finish for the Tour de France. Photo Credit: -=Kip=- via Compfight cc
The Champs-Elysees in Paris is the traditional finish for the Tour de France. Photo Credit: -=Kip=- via Compfight cc

As grief pours out around the world following Friday’s coordinated attacks in Paris, some of those who have taken to social networking to share their thoughts are cyclists.

Professional riders, of course, have a unique relationship with Paris, whether they’ve participated in competitions like La Course or the Tour de France or not. The legacy of cycling as a competitive sport in France is a long, storied one, forging a connection between the city and those who live in the saddle — even if they’ve never seen the Champs-Elysees from its vantage point as they triumphantly approach the finish. To many two-wheeling athletes from around the world, the horror that unfolded in Paris late in the evening of November 13, 2015, no doubt, was like seeing the same thing happen to their home towns.

But above all, the world was unified in sorrow at those events, and in their humanity, its top elite riders — from Canada to the United Kingdom to Switzerland — shared in it.

Here’s how some of them responded to Friday’s tragedy.

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