Vive le Tour! The Tour de France race, the Tour in short, or La Grande Boucle (‘The Great Loop’ in French) brings a true 3-week-long celebration for cyclists and their fans all over the world. No matter how you call it, make sure to enjoy this famous cycling event. Taking place in France and passing through the neighboring countries in certain sections, the Tour de France amazes its’ audiences with spectacular views, cycling pros and fierce competition from start to finish.
The Tour de France is an extremely challenging race. Just imagine: July’s scorching sun, challenging alpine ascents and intense rivalry – all of that makes the race demanding both physically and mentally. It’s a team sport, so there is also room for strategy and tactics; however, an individual rider will finish the race on the Champs-Élysées in Paris as the winner of the yellow jersey.
Hundreds of thousands fans will line up along the route to watch the cyclists passing by – with colorful decorations, costumes and basically anything between creativity and madness. Those who will not be able come to see the race with their own eyes will be watching the Tour de France on TV or online. You shouldn’t miss this prestigious race as well – you can watch it on ITV4 (UK) and NBC Sports (U.S.). Away from the country? Get NordVPN and stream sports from anywhere on Earth – well, except Antarctica.
The Tour de France together with the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España make the trio of the Grand Tours – the most important cycling competitions across the globe. Founded in 1903, the Tour de France is the oldest and generally considered the most prestigious race. The man behind the emergence of the Tour de France is Henri Desgrange, the editor of the sports newspaper L’Auto. His idea to organize a six-day cycling race in order to boost sales of the newspaper turned out to be extremely successful. Thank you Henri!
The yellow paper, on which L’Auto was printed, dictated the color for the leader’s jersey – the maillot jaune. It is what every cyclist in the race strives for, but there also are three more jerseys to compete for: the red polka dot jersey is awarded to the ‘King of the Mountain’ – the rider who shows the highest result in the mountain classification, the white jersey is worn by the best young rider of age 25 or younger, and the green jersey goes to the best sprinter – the cyclist who gains the most sprinting points on flat terrain.
If compared to the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, cyclists are more likely to hit crosswinds when competing in the Tour de France, so it puts more pressure on the riders. For spectators, the 3 weeks of cycling goodness is gruelling yet fun to watch. But what can be more interesting than seeing a peloton of the best cyclists ride through the Alps with amazing scenery and fierce competition on the track where an error could cost a race?
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