Le Tour updates website, plugs YouTube clips

ASO’s official Tour de France site at www.LeTour.fr has been given a complete and very snazzy makeover. It includes a click-through to the official YouTube clips from the world’s biggest and best annual sporting event.

Bizarrely, the YouTube user ‘letourdefrance’ doesn’t allow third-party embedding so I can’t place the vids here, but I can link to them.

The most popular of the vids is a 3D fly-through of the full route, including the rising of an exploding, phallic Big Ben.

The Tour from the air is a melange of fantastic helicoptor shots.

It’s not the cyclists who are highest on drugs, it’s the designers of 15-ft motorised teapots, as you’ll see from this ‘discover the Tour caravan’ promo.

Talking about drugs, the YouTube ‘clip du Tour 2006’ starts with the drugs scandals which marred the start of the 2006 Tour. This is the video shown at the official route unveiling earlier this year.

Don’t understand French? Good, just watch the pretty pictures. Mind you, in a couple of places you can hear Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen.

The video ends with the infamous mirror shattering sequence when the 2006 Tour winner Floyd Landis is presented with his final yellow jersey. As always, trust but verify…