Saturday, 4 July 2015

Saturday, 4 July 2015

The 4th of July!

Today, apart from being American Independence Day, is of course, the start of the Tour de France 2015. Starting in Utrecht, the tour this year avoids the areas covered by Allez-Français (sad face!). This is in contrast to 2012 when Bradley Wiggins cut a fine figure in the yellow jersey racing through our “patch”.

This year the race lasts for a grueling 3,360 km, with 21 stages, including 7 mountain stages, the longest stage being 223 km. The four best riders in the world - Froome, Nibali, Contador and Quintana - are racing over what is agreed to be one of the most mountainous routes in years. There are 194 other racers, who will each be hoping for a moment of glory in this iconic race.

The yellow jersey, known in French as the maillot jaune, is worn by the overall time leader, and is the most prized jersey. The winner of the King of the Mountain wears a white jersey with red dots (known as the maillot à pois rouges in French), which is commonly referred to as the "polka dot jersey". The green jersey, known in French as the maillot vert, is awarded to the cyclist with the highest number of sprint points. Another classification is that for the white jersey (known as the maillot blanc in French), which is the equivalent of the yellow jersey, for young riders (under 25 years old on January 1).

You can follow progress of the event via the official website Good luck to all of the guys taking part!
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