Isle of Man Post Office celebrated the 100th Tour de France with a set of eight stamps, capturing the truly unique spirit and history of Le Tour.
This year, 2013, marks the 100th edition of the Tour de France - the world's biggest annual sporting event and widely regarded as the toughest endurance test in sport.
The Isle of Man is currently enjoying a golden period of cycling excellence, with Mark Cavendish's achievements rightly celebrated and a crop of young Manx riders striving to follow his example. Perhaps less well-known is that, for more than fifty years, Isle of Man International Cycling Week attracted a long list of Tour de France riders including Coppi, Anquetil, Merckx, Simpson, Fignon and Roche.
Mark Cavendish - the first, and so far only, Manx rider to compete in the Tour - has 23 stage wins at the time of writing.