Video: What makes the Tour de France great

Top riders and one very famous mechanic weigh in on La Grand Boucle

The 21-day race around France is an event unlike any other.

The 21-day race around France is an event unlike any other.

With the start of the 2016 Tour de France upon us, it’s time to recognize La Grande Boucle as a character unto itself. This video produced by Specialized looks back on the Tour de France’s history with the most storied mechanic in cycling history, Julian DeVries. The Belgian worked with everyone from Eddy Merckx to Greg LeMond to Lance Armstrong. You’ll also hear from some of this year’s major players (Boonen, Contador, Sagan, Nibali and more) as to what makes this fabled race an event that transcends both sport and physical possibility.

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