The Tour de France has begun today in Yorkshire and we are here to fill you in on the world’s biggest cycling event.
The world’s most famous bike race takes place over the next three weeks ending as it always does on the Champs Elysees. It covers 21in 23 days and the riders will cycle 3,664 km in total.
‘Le Tour’ frequently holds stages outside France and this year begins with three days in England before moving across the tunnel. The race this year will pass through four countries in all, visiting Belgium and Spain in addition to England and France.
Lovely Yorkshire welcome for the Tour de France pic.twitter.com/9uR0OR0Q70— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 5, 2014
Yorkshire has enthusiastically welcomed ‘Le Tour’ and crowds of up to six million are expected to come out over the three days and watch the race pass by on the way to Buckingham Palace.
Interest is helped by the fact that the defending champion is British national Chris Froome, who races with Team Sky.
Cycling may look like an individual sport but all racers are part of teams of nine, with 22 teams in total in the race.
Thewears the number one jersey for his team and is the rider the team are working to put in a winning position.
The other eight team-mates are referred to asand it is their job to support their team leader.
Support activities include cycling ahead of the team leader to provide a slipstream and help him conserve energy. Team members may also be required to set a punishing pace and wear themselves out in order to put pressure on other teams.
Theor is probably the item most associated with the Tour de France. This iconic item is worn whoever is currently leading the event - on the lowest overall time.
However it is only one of the jerseys awarded to riders during the competition.
Theis awarded to the most consistent finisher during the tour, generally the strongest sprinter.
Thegoes to the , the rider who performs best during the gruelling hill stages.
Retrouvez 5 prétendants pour le maillot à pois / Discover 5 riders fighting for the polka dot jersey pic.twitter.com/XxE4X2wqFZ— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 2, 2014
There is also awhich is awarded to the best cyclist under-25 at the event.
For the most part racers will cycle together in one large group known as the. They cycle in this way to conserve energy with riders taking it in turns to lead the pack.
When a rider or group of riders split off and go ahead of the main peloton this is a.
Within the race there a number of different challenges. Incyclists are racing against the clock for a set distance.
are hill cycles spread throughout the event. They are divided into four categories from one to four with one being the most difficult.
So settle back for three weeks of racing as the Tour De France moves from its warm welcome in Yorkshire to the conclusion on the streets of Paris.