By Phil Liggett

A plain-English advisor to the world's such a lot famous-and grueling-bicycle raceFeaturing eight-pages of full-color photographs from fresh journey de France races, this easy-to-follow, pleasing advisor demystifies the historical past, procedure, ideas, recommendations, gear, and opponents in what's arguably the main grueling and fascinating multiday, multistage carrying occasion on the planet. Cowritten by way of the preferred English-speaking biking commentator in the world, this ebook is excellent studying for either skilled and the recent bicycle racing fanatics alike.

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In high mountain stages, winners receive 20 points, and the 15th-place finisher receives 1 point. In the Prologue and in individual time trials, winners receive 15 points and the 10th-place finisher receives 1 point. During intermediate sprints, the first three riders to pass designated lines receive 6, 4, and 2 points. The best climber competition has similar point totals. Points are doubled for the final climb in each mountain stage. Winning stages doesn’t equal winning the Tour A rider can win a dozen stages and not win the Tour de France.

When the Tour followed a counterclockwise route, it advanced first into the Pyrenees, the more rolling of the two most famous French mountain ranges, and then into the Alps. In a clockwise route, the more jaggedpeaked Alps were scheduled in the second week, followed by the Pyrenees. 18 Part I: A Bicycle Race Unlike Any Other Paris has been the host city of the final day of the Tour de France every year since 1975. The wide cobblestone streets and renowned architecture, history, and cultural icons make the capital of France the ideal concluding city.

If a faster rider is about to overtake a slower rider, he must pass while leaving at least a 2-meter distance to prevent drafting, which is illegal only at this point in the race. A passed slower rider then must ride at least 25 meters behind to prevent him from getting the drafting benefits of a slipstream from the leading rider. A team vehicle carrying spare bikes and wheels must follow every rider in an individual time trial. The vehicle must remain about 10 meters behind the rider, and it can’t pull even with its riders at anytime during the stage.

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