Tour de France - The pinnacle of Cycling
One of the greatest athletic contests in the world, the Tour de France is a 100-year-old bike racing event that spans an entire country. It is a 3-week long bike race that is as complex as it is excruciating and tests the true mettle of every cyclist worth his salt.
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Unlike other sporting events, the Tour de France is impossible to undertake without rigorous physical and mental training. For a cyclist, who aims to make it to this pinnacle of cycling, time is a luxury one can seldom afford. One’s body and mind needs to be prepared from as early as possible. The sheer amount dedication required to make it to prominence is unimaginable for an amateur.
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The Tour de France is the world's largest annual sporting event, covering approximately 3,500 kilometers of the beautiful French countryside. With a worldwide television viewership of over 3.5billion, participants from 188 countries and 12 million spectators present at the venue the Tour de France is one of the worlds most followed sporting events.
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The beauty of Tour de France lies in the fact that there is a balance of different types of races and each year to spice things up, there is a good combination of events. Ranging from time trial which is a short individual race, winners of which claim race leadership for the opening stage. Moving on, there are Flat and rolling stages across the lovely French countryside followed by the strenuous Mountain stages into the sometimes snow-capped peaks of the Alps and Pyrenees. There are Individual time trials events where in cyclists pedal solo and are timed against the clock. There are also Team time trials which is the same as before in which the whole team is timed.
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Whereas most stages are in mainland France, nearby countries have also participated in the world-renowned event. Among many other, countries like Belgium, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland have all hosted stages or part of a stage. Not just a sporting event, Tour de France has over the year become the ultimate destination for athletes who stand to prove their ground.