The Tour de France started last Saturday. A young racer from Slovakia, Peter Sagan, has won two stages in the first four days. He was born in 1990, a year after the Velvet Revolution dissolved the Communist country Czechoslovakia to form the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Slovakia joined the EURO zone in 2009.
As cycling was popular in Czechoslovakian times, the new-born country has succeeded in this tradition of cycling. This stamp from 1996 is showing their enthusiasm for the sport – pedaling very hard!