Things you didn’t know about the Tour de France cycling race

Tour de France (French) – also known as Grande Boucle or simply Le Tour, translates to Around France.

The largest cycling tournament in the world Tour de France is a sports event loved by tens of millions of people around the world but little is known about the history of this race and the colors of the shirt which athletes wear when winning.

The idea of ​​Tour de France dates back to the 1900s. At that time, there was a major sports newspaper in France – L’Auto Velo. When L’Auto Velo published an article supporting Mr. Albert Dreyfus – a French soldier accused of selling military secrets to Germany – made L’Auto Velo sponsor angry and decided to set up a sports newspaper to be a competitor – Le Velo. After Dreyfus, France split into two camps – those who believed that Dreyfus was guilty and those who thought he was innocent. The sponsor sided with the first and forced L’Auto Velo to change its name to L’Auto.

This idea was formed in 1902 by Georges Lefèvre – a journalist of L’Auto. He wants to have a tough, long, scale and better bike race than any race before. The first tour de France began on July 1, 1903, starting in Montgeron on the outskirts of Paris with 60 riders participating in the competition, a 6-stage race with a total length of 2,428 km from Paris. cities (and also the destination of each leg) such as Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes and then return to Paris. There are many holidays between the stages. This race has fascinated the audience from 1903 to the present, except during World War 1 (from 1915 to 1918) and World War 2 (from 1940 to 1946) is not advanced. The race has been successful and is held every year for 3 weeks of July with the race across France and neighboring countries.

Tour de France is often seen as the most difficult bicycle race in the world and with this race has a total of 21 stages, a journey of about 3,360 km in 3 weeks, including up and down mountain routes. Not only that, the endurance of the riders is also challenged by the time of the race this year under the hot and hot sun of summer.

Usually, riders will have 2 days off between rides. This year, a total of 22 racing teams including 5 French teams, the rest are from the United States, England, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, South Africa, Australia, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan.

American Lance Armstrong has become a legendary character of the world cycling village with 7 championship racing events from 1999 to 2005 so unlike previous years, this year’s bike race is difficult to predict who will win the Tour de France because no one really excels.