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Tour The FranceThis month the 101st Tour de France started in Leeds, England. This is the forth time the Tour de France has stages on British soil. Various countries have issued stamps on cycling in general and the Tour de France specifically.

Of course France issued stamps on their possibly most famous sport event, for instance this stamp in 1953, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary.

50th celebration Tour the France stamp

In 2003, when the Tour de France celebrated its 100th anniversary many countries issued commemorative stamps. Antigua & Barbuda issued this set of three minisheets.

Tour The France stamps

Belgium, as one of the top countries in cycling, issued this series of stamps in 1963

Stamps Tour de France

This nice strip, specifically dedicated to the Tour de France, was issued 1998 by Ireland. To date Ireland has only one Tour de France victory, with Stephen Roche in 1987.

Tour The France stamps Ireland

Another big cycling country is Spain. In 2000 a set of 12 blocks was issued with famous Spaniards. One of them was Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain.

Miguel Indurain on stamp Spain

Also the Spanish territory of Ifni has issued stamps with cycling in the past.

Tour The France stamps Ifni

In 1972, the Arab emirate of Manama issued this Tour de France minisheet

Tour The France stamp sheet

In 1963, Monaco issued this series about the Tour de France

Tour The France stamps Monaco

One of the featured people on this Belgian sheet “The 20th century in stamps” is Eddy Merckx, five times winner of the Tour de France

Stamp Eddy Merckx

 

In 1973 a series of stamps with famous cyclists participating in the Tour de France was issued by Equatorial Guinea.

Tour The France stamps Greece

Luxemburg might be a small country, but in the Tour de France they always have some riders representing the nation. In 1989 the Grand Départ was in Luxemburg, and a commemorative stamp was issued.

Tour The France Stamp Luxemburg

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