Beginner’s guide to the Tour de France

How the Tour de France works, and how to watch it

Why are there so many different jersey colors? How long is the Tour de France? And who are the main riders to watch? Let's break this down, piece by piece...

What you need to know about the top riders and the key teams

There are 22 squads at the Tour de France. Each has eight racers. Some teams have a leader who is trying to win the whole thing. Other teams have riders who are trying to win the King of the Mountains competition or the Points competition. And other teams would simply be delighted to win a single stage.

The bikes and gear of the Tour de France

$15,000 bicycles. Aerodynamic carbon-fiber wheels. Two-way radios inside the riders' jerseys. There is all kinds of cool gear at the Tour de France.