What is the Tour de France?
The Tour de France is the World’s biggest annual sporting event with nearly 200 cyclists racing over 2,ooo miles in just 23 days…Wow that is a long race! If you finish the gruelling race you are likely to burn over 118,000 calories which is the equivalent to 26 Mars bars a day.
The race is split up in to 21 different parts or stages as they are called. These vary from flat races to mountain stages. These different stages are called, Prologue – Flat – Time Trial and the Mountain stages. The riders average around 25 miles per hour over the entry course but at some points, normally the sprint stages, they can reach speeds of up to 40 mph!
If you get the chance to watch this awesome event (it is on ITV4) you will see lots and lots of colourful cycling jerseys. Some of these are just team colours but others are more important as they tell you something about the rider wearing them. The Green jersey is the points prize. Basically riders get points for crossing the finish line in each stage and they are added up, the person with the most points currently wears the jersey. Another jersey you might spot is the Polka dot jeresy, this one signifies that you are the king of the mountains and best at all the mountain stages. The white jersey is given to the best rider under the age of 25.
Of course last but not least the famous yellow jersey. This is the real time race winner as it stands, this jersey is passed from rider to rider throughout the race depending on who is leading overall.
The current race leader this year is again Great Britain’s Chris Froome. Froome rides for Team Sky and looks in a great position, the Brit has has already won the thrilling race 3 times, in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Can anyone stop him? Tune in to ITV4 tonight to watch the highlights from todays racing.
By Rhiannon, Monks Abbey Primary School