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What do you need to know?

Key facts about the biggest cyclying event coming to the UK in July 2013

  • 198 riders compete in the Tour de France
  • £2.2 million is the prize fund for the event
  • £450,000 Euros will be given to the overall winner
  • During the competition, the racers have many different objectives - this sport is highly known as an individual sport yet many of the riders compete with multi-layered strategies and support other members of their team
  • Riders must wear helmets at all time of the race
  • If a rider falls in the last 3km of the race, they are still given the same finishing time as their group
  • The classification is made by adding the times of the best three rides of a team in each stage

What does the race consist of?

  • There are 21 stages in the race
  • The race is split in to different sections; 9 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 6 mountain stages with 5 high altitude finishes & 1 individual time-trial stage

What do the different coloured jerseys mean?

  • Yellow Jersey: Worn by the leader of the general individual time classification
  • Green Jersey: Worn by the leader of the points classification
  • Red Polka Dot Jersey: Worn by the best climber.
  • White Jersey: Worn by the best youngest rider (aged 25 years or under)

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