A photographic tour de france

The Tour de France begins tomorrow with a 15km time trial in Monaco, before the real hard work begins - a total of 3,445 km in three gruelling weeks. Paul Smith and quarterly cycling magazine Rouleur have collaborated for an exhibition of photographs depicting life around the world's toughest race. Rouleur Cycling Images opens today at Paul Smith Globe, Terminal 5, Heathrow and runs until July 26.

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Above, left to right, Australian sprint specialist Robbie McEwen photographed by Timm Koolln; descending the Col de la Bonnette near the Italian border, one of Euope's highest paved roads, by Gerard Brown

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The tour reaches Sisteron in the upper echelons of Provence (Taz Darling)

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A helicopter tracks the peloton up the last metres of the climb to the summit of Bonette Restefond (Gerard Brown) 

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The famous climb of the Col de Tourmalet in the 2008 Etape du Tour stage from Pau to Hautacam. The Etape is an amateur race where cyclists get the chance to ride the exact same stage route as the professionals a few months before (Geoff Waugh)