Two stages in and around the Belgian capital will kick off the 2019 edition of the Tour de France.
Showcasing everything from high mountain stages in the Alps and Pyrénées to high-speed sprint finishes like the final day on the Champs-Élysées, the Tour de France is the season’s biggest race.
The Tour has been held annually in July since 1903, when it was first organized by Henri Desgrange, a charismatic editor at French newspaper L’Auto. Though the race was not run during the two World Wars, it remains the “Grande Boucle,” the oldest, most prestigious of the three-week grand tours.
In addition to individual wins in the Tour’s 21 stages, riders vie for three coveted jerseys: yellow for the overall winner on time, green for the best rider in the points classification (ordinarily a sprinter), and polka-dot for the best climber, who collects the most points on the route’s biggest ascents. Prizes are also awarded for the best overall team, based on cumulative time, and the most aggressive rider, which is decided by a race jury.
Four riders have won the Tour overall a record five times each: France’s Jacques Anquetil, Belgian Eddy Merckx, Frenchman Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain of Spain. Although American Lance Armstrong finished first in seven Tours, he was stripped of those yellow jerseys after confessing to doping.
The Tour de France announced its list of Pro Continental teams that will compete at this summer's French grand tour.
The Dutchman said he will make a final decision after the Italian grand tour in May.
Belgian media outlets have confirmed that the French grand tour will pay homage to Eddy Merckx by starting in his home country.
The Spanish-based squad is throwing everything it has at winning the Tour de France next season.
With the 2018 WorldTour opener a little more than a month away, riders' grand tour plans for next season are starting to trickle out.
Team Dimension Data says it was 'surprised' not to be included when Peter Sagan settled his legal dispute with the UCI Tuesday.
The UCI settles out of court with all parties, saying Peter Sagan did not intentionally cause the infamous Tour de France crash on July 4.
Chris Froome's bold plan to attempt the Giro-Tour double will be a success no matter what happens, and it will win over skeptical fans.
Chris Froome's plan to race the Giro d'Italia will squelch the excitement of the season's most important race, the Tour de France.