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100th Tour de France celebrated with Google doodle

The 100th Tour de France has been marked with an animated Google doodle.

The 100th Tour de France kicks off today, and what better way to mark it than with a Google doodle?

The Google homepage has been taken over by a pair of yellow-shirted biking Billies, heads down, pedalling away. It's actually a little tame compared to some other doodles Google has amazed us with. Where's the interactivity? The playfulness? Where's the fun?

I for one would've liked to have seen some kind of game you could play, maybe a good old-fashioned button basher, like Daley Thompson's Decathlon. Though thinking about it, I'm not sure my keyboard would be up to it.

But instead we just get a pair of cyclists, pedalling away. Though I have to admit, their legs going round like that is a little hypnotic.

Brit Chris Froome is one of the favourites to win this year's race, and the pressure will be on after Bradley Wiggins' spectacular victory last year. The race lasts three weeks, and will see 198 riders travel from Corsica to Paris, before finishing on 21 July.

It's the first race to take place entirely within French borders since the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France in 2003. (The first Tour de France was held in 1903, and it has taken place every year except for during the two World Wars. So this is the 100th race, but 110th anniversary of the start of the Tour.)

If you like the doodle, why not head to the doodle store, where you can buy merchandise bearing Google's infamous one-offs. There's an archive as well, if you fancy taking a trip down memory lane and reliving some of your favourites. Let's be honest, that Moog synthesizer never gets old.

What do you think of the doodle? Another classic, or a bit of a letdown? Let me know in the comments, or pedal over to our Facebook page, sharpish.