We wrap up the 2017 Tour by debating the unconventional route, questioning Team Sky's media strategy, and reflecting on La Course.
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.
Team Sky's decision to cancel Tour de France press conferences for Chris Froome stinks — whether or not the press did their laundry.
After his stunning performance at the Giro d'Italia, is Tom Dumoulin the man to dethrone Chris Froome at the Tour de France?
2017 Tour de France, stage 18: Briancon – Col d’Izoard, 179.5km The Col d’Izoard is a climb of legends in the heart of the
With the 2017 Tour de France finished, it's time to hand out the official VeloNews Tour de France awards!
Bora-Hansgrohe still seeks vindication for Sagan's early expulsion from Tour. Bodnar redeems team with stage 20 time trial win.
The Tour de France's final week takes on the Alps and a hot, hard time trial in Marseille, where Froome stamps his authority on the race.
Mikel Landa rides an exceptional Tour de France, but he regrets a missed opportunity to stand on the final podium — by one second.
Michal Kwiatkowski is an essential part of Sky's Tour de France team that led Chris Froome to his fourth yellow jersey.
VeloNews editors sound off on the Tour route, whether Uran and Bardet missed opportunities, and if cycling needs a budget cap.