Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Tour de France

The famed Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries.

Running from Saturday July 1 to Sunday July 23 2017, the 104th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,540 kilometres.

The race will begin with an individual time trial in Düsseldorf, and conclude with the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris. In the early stages, the race will also travel through Belgium and Luxembourg. For the first time since the 1992 edition, the route will include all five of France’s mountainous regions; the Vosges, the Jura, the Massif Central, the Pyrenees and the Alps.

A total of 198 riders from 22 teams will enter the race. As the Tour de France is a UCI World Tour event, all eighteen UCI WorldTeams were invited automatically and obliged to enter a team in the race. Four UCI Professional Continental teams were announced as wildcard teams on 26 January 2017, and thus completing the 22-team peloton.