Tour de France tribute to Madiba

A banner reading Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela was held by children at the start of the race.

Le Tour de France

FRANCE - While many local celebrations are taking place to honour Nelson Mandela on his 94th Birthday, a special acknowledgement took place at the Tour de France.

A banner reading Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela was held up by children at the start of Day 16 of the race in Pau.

Guy de la Chevalerie, Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of France in Pretoria said Madiba was global icon in sport.

"He has shown the virtues of challenge and of playing fair. Everyone knows that he is a global icon."

De la Chevalerie said Tata is known for being fair and overcoming challenges in sport.

"His moral values are true for any sport and for life in general."