Gendarmes at Tour de France

The Tour de France is the biggest event on the cycling calendar, the bridge event between bike riding and the mainstream. Who hasn't been asked (and not always in jest) if they're planning to ride the Tour de France by a non-bikie friend or family member?

It's a three-week carnival consisting of 22 teams, 198 riders, 390 support staff, 15 commissaires, 300 members of ASO staff, 12,000 gendarmes; 9,000 police and CRS (French police reserves), and 45 Garde Républicaine motorcyclists.

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