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The race is often attributed to descriptions like tough and brutal, but this collection of Tour de France photography is truly inspiring.
Renowned photographer Mark Leary takes his love for the infamous race to the next level by capturing the behind-the-scenes stories of fans that come out each year to support the determined racers. Many of the snaps focus on the region called Col du Tourmalet, which is notoriously the most rigorous portion of the treacherous race.
Fans come from far and wide to help cheer on their favorite participants, which comes to resemble a sort of rock concert-like atmosphere with many bringing drinks and campers for multi-day excursions. Each photo is vibrantly antiquated using long exposure techniques that are able to give an almost retro, Woodstock feeling to each scene.