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This Saturday, a hundred and ninety-eight cyclists are expected to start the ninety-ninth edition of the Tour de France. The three-week race will cover twenty-one hundred and seventy-three miles from the initial start in Liege, Beligum, to the final finish along the Champs-Élysées, in Paris.

To celebrate this year’s Grand Départ, The New Yorker Photo Booth blog has compiled a selection of vintage Tour de France photos and facts for your cycling enjoyment. Click-through for more:

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