PIC: Getty Images The Tour de France is coming to England for the first time in over a decade and London will host the prestigious ‘Grand Depart’ for the first time ever on July 8, 2007. In celebration of this historic event, Oakley and the Getty Images Gallery in London have joined forces to stage an exhibition of historic photographs and rare athlete memorabilia from their archives. According to Oakley UK’s Tom Cartmale, the Tour du Monde is a journey of extreme emotions and experience, a retrospective of cultural images from the 19th and 20th centuries through to award-winning contemporary sports reportage. Getty Images’ curators have unearthed a unique selection of bicycling photographs, celebrating the passion of bicyclists world-wide, whether as a means of transport, a status symbol, an ecological statement or a finely-tuned racing machine. Oakley, the American sports performance brand synonymous with the Tour and its elite level athletes, will be exhibiting the original eyewear worn by legendary riders Andy Hampsten, Steve Bauer, Viatcheslav Ekimov, Lance Armstrong and George Hincapie, and unveiling the Special Edition Oakley ‘LiveStrong’ Radar frame. On show alongside Armstrong’s iconic Oakley M-Frame glasses will be the actual yellow jersey he wore during the first of his seven consecutive Tour victories in 1999. The Tour du Monde exhibition will take place from Thursday 5th July – Saturday 28th July at the Getty Images Gallery in London (46 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DX). Entrance is free.
In celebration of the Tour de France coming to London, Oakley and the Getty Images Gallery have join