What a lovely day for a bike ride. The Tour de France kicks off on July 2 and some of the world’s best cyclists will compete for the prestigious prize. Don’t get left in the dust – here are 5 things you need to know about the Tour de France.
Vive la France! It’s time to grab a nice Bordeaux wine and enjoy the 2016 Tour de France. The greatest riders in the world will compete for the honor of the Yellow jersey but you don’t need to speak French in order to know what this race is all about. HollywoodLife.com has all the need-to-know info.
1. It’s a long, long race full of hundreds of riders.
The 103rd Edition of the Tour de France starts around 6:00 AM EST on July 2 at Mount Saint-Michel in Normandy. It will end around 1:00 PM EST at the Champs-Élysées in Paris end on July 24, according to the Telegraph. Nearly 200 riders will cover over 2,200 miles in what is considered the world’s biggest annual sporting event.
2. The Tour de France has many different challenges and parts.
The race is broken up into 21 parts of “stages,” according to the BBC. There are nine Flat stages, where riders ride in a big group (or “peloton.”) Nine Mountain stages will challenge riders to pedal uphill. There’s one Hilly stage and two individual time trials.
3. The jerseys have a special meaning.
The Tour de France is so fashion forward. There are four distinct classifications during the Tour de France and special jerseys are awarded at the end of each stage for each, per Cycling Weekly. The Yellow jersey is the overall leader — whoever completed the race in the least amount of time. The Green jersey is given to the stage’s point’s leader. The Polka-dot jersey is given to the “King of the Mountain,” or whoever wins the mountain stages. There’s also a rookie award, the White jersey, for the under-26 rider who completed the Tour in the least amount of time.
4. There’s a home field advantage.
France has won the Tour de France 36 times, more than any other country in the race’s history, according to Mpora.com. Will France make it 37 this year? Britain’s Chris Froome, 31, the defending Tour de France champ, is a heavy contender due to his “daddy longlegs” and “angular praying mantis style,” according to Deadspin.
5. This race could make history!
Lance Armstrong won seven consecutive tours between 1999 and 2005, but he was stripped of these titles after it was discovered he used performance-enhancing drugs. With his wins vacated, four riders have won five tours: Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. If Chris Froome wins, it would be his third victory but more importantly, it would be the first time since 1995 that a rider won back-to-back Tours.
Are you excited for the Tour de France, HollywoodLifers? Who do you think is going to win?