It's been over a week since the Tour de France began, but you're feeling left behind? Can't keep up with your friends? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
We can't promise to turn you into an expert, but we can at least give you a helping hand. So here's the basics on the Tour de France.
The Tour de France in 5 stages:
The Tour de France is the world's most prestigious cycling race. It is spread over three weeks, and includes a total of 21 stages.
The objective for winning the Tour is clear: to be the rider who completes all the stages in the shortest possible time.
The race features 22 teams, each made up of 8 cyclists (each with a well-defined role).
The different stages
Each stage is an adventure in itself, with mountains, plains and thrilling descents.
. High mountain stages are characterized by the presence of at least two passes. These are the most physically and mentally demanding stages, often decisive for the overall classification. It's on these days that the riders can be seen laboriously climbing kilometers and kilometers of near-vertical climbs, in small, scattered groups.
. The time trials, which are also crucial, differ from the other stages in that the riders start individually. Each participant is timed, and the fastest time wins the race.
. The only distinction between flat and hilly stages lies in the route: if the course is mainly flat, it's called a flat stage, while if it includes a few difficulties (e.g. cobbles), it's called a hilly stage.
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The different jerseys
. The yellow jersey is the symbol of the Tour de France. It is worn by the rider leading the overall classification. To wear this coveted jersey, you have to be the best performer on all the stages. It's every rider's dream to wear this emblematic jersey.
. The Green Jersey is worn by the rider leading the points classification. Points are awarded at the finish of each stage and at intermediate sprints. This is why the Green Jersey is generally awarded to the best sprinter.
. The polka-dot jersey is worn by the rider leading the best climber classification. The "mountain points" are awarded on the summits of the passes and vary according to the category of the pass.
. The white jersey is worn by the leader of the best young rider classification (maximum age 25).
2023 Tour recap: a duel at the summit
This year, among the main riders to remember, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma team), the outgoing winner, will be putting his title back on the line.
He will be up against two-time winner of the Grande Boucle: Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), for a duel at the summit.
And the French?
Fourth in 2022, David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ team) is certainly France's best chance of a good overall result.
Also worth mentioning is Romain Bardet (DSM team), a monster of consistency on the Tour de France. Second in 2016 and third in 2017, he has finished six of his eight Grandes Boucles in the top 10.
For the last Tour de France of his career, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ team) is not expected to get involved in the fight for the overall classification. His objective is simple: try to claim the fourth Tour stage victory of his career.
The fans: Passionate supporters
Tour de France fans are renowned for their enthusiasm and unconditional support for the riders. Whether you're watching the race on TV or on the roadside, you'll be immersed in the unique atmosphere.
Cheer on the cyclists, make your voice heard and share your passion with other fans. The Tour de France is a collective experience, and every fan has a part to play in making this event even more special.
Want to know even more?
Le Tour de France by Netflix
"Tour de France, au cœur du peloton" (Tour de France 2022) takes you inside the previous edition of the world's biggest cycling event, mixing race footage, archive footage and interviews with riders and team managers.
In just 8 45-minute episodes, the series delves into the many issues at stake in the races, and brings together the testimonies of those involved in the Tour, sometimes up close and personal with the athletes.
"Le Tour de France" on RTL
This year, RTL is back on the road with Laurent Jalabert to cover the Tour de France. They will present a daily program called "Le Club Jalabert" and broadcast live the highlights of the race.
Hosted by experts, fascinating to listen to, you can be sure to learn a little more about this mythical race.
"Understanding the Tour de France
The Youtube channel for the Tour de France in 2022 has set itself the goal of making you more knowledgeable about the Tour in an educational and affordable video.
Take your time and immerse yourself in this fascinating world.
Watch the video: HERE
Now you've got the basics to enjoy the Tour de France like a true connoisseur. Whether you're a cycling novice or enthusiast, the Tour de France has no secrets for you!