After a light racing schedule in the first half of 2017, plus some misfortune, Andrew Talansky comes up short at 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.
With a 22.5-kilometer time trial standing between Chris Froome and a fourth Tour de France victory, the Brit is cautiously optimistic.
Romain Bardet's Ag2r teammates are confident the rising French star will ride into the yellow jersey in future Tours de France.
In the modern era, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media influence the Tour de France just as much as the riders and teams.
Chris Froome is still winless in 2017. What can the Tour champ in waiting do the prove himself to the peloton and fans?
Mikel Linda is slated to leave Sky for another team at the end of this year as he seeks to be a team's top rider.
Chris Froome and Team Sky are confident with only one final test left in the Tour de France, their favored time trial discipline.
Frenchman Romain Bardet and his Ag2r La Mondiale team did everything they could to wrest yellow from Chris Froome. It wasn't enough.
Mikel Landa tried for a stage win on the Col d'Izoard, but Team Sky's myriad objectives kept him from flying truly free.
The Quick-Step Floors rider clawed his way back after losing time in a crash earlier in the race and has attacked several times.