The 99th Tour De France

If You Ask “What Is The Most Important Cycling Event In The World”, Even Someone Not Particularly Interested In The Sport Is Probably Going To Say: Tour De France!

In its 99th year, this year’s Tour de France started on June 30. The tour, which runs to July 22, not only offers spectators a race by the world’s top cyclists and cycling teams, it also gives France an opportunity to promote its magnificent natural beauty and rich history.
Starting in Liège on June 30, the tour consists of 20 legs in addition to the 6.4 kilometer starting ‘stage’. The longest stage is the 222.5-kilometer Blagnac - Brive-la-Gaillard. The cyclists will get only two days of rest out of the entire 22, on July 10 following the 41.5-kilometer Arc-et-Senans - Besançon stage, and again on July 17 following the 158.5-kilometer Samatan - Pau stage.

Although last year’s winner, the Australian Cadel Evans, has not had a good season, he is keen to hold on to his first place again in France this year. Unlike Evans, Belgium’s Bradley Wiggins is having a great season and is among this year’s Tour de France favorites.