Tour de France 2014: Stage 14

For the 2014¬†Tour de France, things were¬†a bit different from other races, photographically speaking. Instead of covering several stages of the Tour¬†as before, I concentrated on one √©tape and tried to broaden the view.¬†The product is on its own¬†microsite entitled¬†¬ęStage 14¬Ľ.

Col d’Izoard

Because of the dramatic landscape I chose stage 14 of the 2014 Tour de France, the queen alpine mountain stage. The √©tape leads from Grenoble to Risoul over 177 kilometres and includes the Col d’Izoard, a classic climb of¬†the Tour.

The¬†Col d’Izoard is a 2360 m mountain pass in the Alps with dramatic rock pinnacles on the south side:¬†La Casse D√©serte.¬†The Tour de France first climbed the Col d’Izoard in 1922¬†‚Äď in those days over unpaved roads. Later the Izoard became the scene of epic battles between Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet in the 1950ies. There is a memorial on the mountain dedicated to these two riders.

Black and White, on Film

Also technically, things were different. The photos are black and white. The Col d’Izoard is such an iconic climb of the Tour de France and there are so many great photographs from the old days, that black and white seems suitable. As a reference to those times and to force me to think differently, I used a film camera: my 25 year-old Nikon F3 with a 35 mm lens, loaded with Kodak Tri-X film, and developed in Rodinal. It makes a difference if you can take 10 pictures per second or only 1 frame every 2 seconds!

Not all the photos of the final edit are analog though, there are also some taken with a DSLR, and some iPhone snaps. You can tell from the film borders which ones are analog (I left them when scanning but cropped them out for the final edit).

¬ęStage 14¬Ľ Microsite

Finally, also the presentation of the final edit is different from the blog and my website: I created a microsite entitled ¬ęStage 14¬Ľ with its own¬†design. There’s a screenshot of the site below.

Italian cyclists take a photo in front of the Fausto Coppi memorial monument at the Col d'Izoard in the morning before the Tour de France passes, July 19, 2014.
Italian cyclists take a photo in front of the Fausto Coppi memorial monument at the Col d’Izoard in the morning before the Tour de France passes, July 19, 2014.
The southern slopes at Col d'Izoard.
The southern slopes at Col d’Izoard.
The advertising caravan passes Col d'Izoard during stage 14 of the Tour de France July 19, 2014.
The advertising caravan passes Col d’Izoard during stage 14 of the Tour de France July 19, 2014.
Riders of the Tour de France pass the Col d'Izoard during stage 14, July 19, 2014.
Riders of the Tour de France pass the Col d’Izoard during stage 14, July 19, 2014.
Riders descend from Col d'Izoard during Tour de France stage 14 leading from Grenoble to Risoul July 19, 2014.
Riders descend Col d’Izoard during Tour de France stage 14 leading from Grenoble to Risoul July 19, 2014.
Riders descend from Col d'Izoard during Tour de France stage 14 leading from Grenoble to Risoul July 19, 2014.
Riders descend Col d’Izoard during Tour de France stage 14 leading from Grenoble to Risoul July 19, 2014.
Stage 14 Tour d France 2014
Screenshot of the ¬ęStage 14¬Ľ microsite that I created for the photos.