The Tour de France is the most important bike race in the world which attracts a massive global audience.
Although the route changes every year, there is always a mixture of flat and mountain stages through the Alps and the Pyrenees, with classic stages which have become part of history.
The time trial stages are exciting as they are the ones which help to sort out the best riders from the others.
The finishing line is on the Champs Elysee in Paris after 21 intense stages.
The riders work as a team to ensure that they have one of their riders winning either the yellow, green, white and/or spotted jersey.
Since the beginning of this iconic race there has been a mass of folklore and fascinating history emanating from it. The spectators who spend hours waiting on the side of the road are also an important part of the scene, often wearing fancy dress as they cheer on their favorite riders.
This quiz is a mine of information and fun questions about the Tour de France past and present.
Once you have done the quiz, challenge yourself further with this podcast which covers many of the same questions, so see if you can spot the vocabulary when it’s spoken.
Do you know a lot about The Tour de France? Find out in our Tour de France trivia podcast.
The Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España make up cycling’s prestigious, three-week-long Grand Tours.
The Tour de France is the oldest and generally considered the most prestigious of the three.
Traditionally, the race is held primarily in the month of July.
While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same with the appearance of time trials, the passage through the mountain chains of the Pyrenees and the Alps, and the finish on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
The modern editions of the Tour de France consist of 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period and cover around 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi).
The race alternates between clockwise and counterclockwise circuits of France.
After listening, try to answer the following questions :
When did the first Tour de France take place?
What was the time difference between Greg Lemond and Laurent Fignon in the 1989 Tour?
How many teams are taking part in the 2016 Tour de France?
When did the Tour de France first start from Amsterdam?
Who won the Tour de France in 5 consecutive years?
Who does Chris think will win the last stage of The 2016 Tour de France in Paris?
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