Stage 4 Photo Gallery: Verdun Memorial, and less serious matters

The pursuit of the Yellow is the hot topic of the month, but today's stage rolled past reminders of bigger matters and sadder times. On the approach to Verdun, there were numerous memorials and thousands of crosses in honor of the hundreds of thousands soldiers who died in this region of northern France in World War 1. The first photo on this page is of a memorial along today's route, and contains the remains of 150,000 unknown soldiers killed in the Battle of Verdun in WWI.

By Casey B. Gibson

Ossuaire Memorial for the unknown soldiers

Ossuaire Memorial for the unknown soldiers

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

The pursuit of the Yellow is the hot topic of the month, but today’s stage rolled past reminders of bigger matters and sadder times. On the approach to Verdun, there were numerous memorials and thousands of crosses in honor of the hundreds of thousands soldiers who died in this region of northern France in World War 1.

Nardello after a spill

Nardello after a spill

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

The first photo on this page is of a memorial along today’s route, and contains the remains of 150,000 unknown soldiers killed in the Battle of Verdun in WWI.

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