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Tour de France

The Tour de France (French pronunciation: [tuʁ də fʁɑ̃s]) is an annual bicycle race held in France and nearby countries. First staged in 1903, the race covers more than 3,600 kilometres (2,200 mi) and lasts three weeks. As the best known and most prestigious of cycling's three "Grand Tours", the Tour de France attracts riders and teams from around the world. The race is broken into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are aggregated to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. The rider with the lowest aggregate time at the end of each day wears the leader's yellow jersey on the next day of racing. The course changes every year, but the race has always finished in Paris. Since 1975, the climax of the final stage has been along the Champs-Élysées

Climb every mountain

The Tour de France is an exhausting thriller of a ride that demands enormous dedication and stamina - and that's just from the spectators. Text and pictures by Tim Pile.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 5:38pm

China’s Ji Cheng assumes a special place in Tour de France history

Chinese rider Ji Cheng said he wants to get away from cycling for a while after completing the Tour de France.

Ji was a visible member of the peloton over the last three weeks, relishing his role as the “breakaway killer” for his Giant-Shimano team.

28 Jul 2014 - 4:22pm

Stuart O'Grady faces loss of Olympic medals

O'Grady, who retired this week, told a newspaper he had used the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) before the notorious 1998 Tour.

26 Jul 2013 - 1:11am

Focused Froome targets multiple Tour victories

One down for Tour de France winner Chris Froome. How many more to go? Having crushed the opposition at the 100th Tour, the British rider is looking ahead.

23 Jul 2013 - 6:29am

Chris Froome's battle to the top in cycling world

The stage confirmed the dominance Froome has maintained in professional cycling all year. He has won all but one of the stage races he has entered and three stages at this Tour.

22 Jul 2013 - 10:19am

Stunning Tour de France cycling debut for Colombian Nairo Quintana

Quintana's stage win on Saturday moved him up to second overall at five minutes three seconds behind Chris Froome, but also helped secure the King of the Mountains' polka dot jersey as well as the white jersey for the best young rider.

22 Jul 2013 - 3:36am

Cycling's self-appointed watchdogs seek doping clues from a distance

As riders in the Tour de France churned their way up the towering Alpe d'Huez on Thursday, not once but twice, Ross Tucker watched on television in South Africa 5,500 miles away, laptop and stopwatch at the ready, looking for clues to the Tour's perennial question: Are any of the riders doping?

21 Jul 2013 - 5:43am

Chris Froome team shows data to end doping claims

The team of Tour de France leader Chris Froome has released his performance data from six races, including this Tour, to a French newspaper as it seeks to dispel suspicions of doping. At the request of Team Sky, sports daily L'Equipe did not publish the information it said included data showing how much power Froome generated and his climbing times from 18 ascents.

19 Jul 2013 - 4:14am

Froome leaves Contador in shade with late push

Chris Froome continued his march towards a maiden Tour de France title when he beat fierce rival Alberto Contador by nine seconds to win the 17th stage, a 32km time trial yesterday.

18 Jul 2013 - 4:43am

Costa cruises as Froome fumes at Contador

Portugal's Rui Costa broke away alone on the second-category climb near the end of the 168km stage from Vaison-la-Romaine and stayed ahead down the tricky descent into Gap to win by 42 seconds.

17 Jul 2013 - 3:55am