Mike Cotty of the Col Collective goes for a recon ride to see the short Pyrenean stage and ride the lesser-known Col de Portet.
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.
After proving himself as a support rider to Tom Dumoulin in Sunweb's first grand tour win, Chad Haga is hoping for a run at the Tour.
Rumor has it that Chris Froome will attempt the Giro-Tour double in 2018. Will it confirm him among cycling's greats or be too risky?
Chris Froome arm-wrestles Marcel Kittel. Maybe he needs to step up his training for the 2018 Tour to ensure he wins that fifth title.
Tour organizers stun the cycling world with an unusual Tour de France route for 2018. Should we be excited or appalled?
As befits cycling’s biggest race, we’ve covered the 2018 Tour de France route announcement extensively, from the five key
The Tour de France returns to the cobblestones in a big way for 2018. The yellow jersey could be lost (or won) on stage 9.
The Colombian said the route for the French grand tour suits his riding style.
The Tour de France unveils its 2018 route. We've got to hand it to ASO for thinking outside the box.
The Tour de France's 2018 route is unconventional. Here are our takes on the cobblestones, short climbing days, and Froome.