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Guide to the Le Tour de France

Le Tour de France

The Tour de France is a world famous bicycle race that takes place in France every year. The French race spans a distance of around 3500 kilometres through various destinations in France and its neighbouring countries and include. The Tour de France along with the Tour de FranceVuelta a Espana and the Giro d’Italia comprise the Grand Tours.

The Tour de France is one of the most prestigious cycle races in the world and takes place over the course of three weeks. Given the fact that the race also takes place over such a long period of time, it is thought to be one of the most gruelling cycle races in the world.

Each day of the Tour de France is called a “stage” and at the end of each stage, the time taken by each cyclist is totalled and the cyclist who at the end of the three weeks has the least time is declared the winner. At the end of each stage, the time taken by each cyclist is calculated and the participant who has the lowest aggregate is given a yellow jacket to wear during that day.

The course of the Tour de France is not fixed and every year the organisers choose a different route. The only thing that has remained constant every year since 1975 is the fact that the race always ends on the Champs Elysees.


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