Date: 1-24 July 2022
First Edition: 1903
The Tour de France is perhaps cycling's most prestigious event. Over the course of 21 days in the summer, the French stage-race is incredibly popular and a cornerstone of cycling history, having taken place for the first time in 1903 as advertising for the L'Auto newspaper, which had a yellow colour to it, which is the reason why until today the leader of the race wears a yellow jersey.
It is a race where in order to battle for the overall classification one needs to be a very complete rider, with the multiple tests in the Pyrenees and Alps mainly making for climbing tests. Whilst at the same time regularly featuring individual time-trials, windy stages and treacherous days with cobbled sectors or sharp hills present.
Besides the overall classifications, many put major focus on grabbing stage wins at the race, it is the road event with the most coverage throughout the year which always drags in many of the world's best riders on every specialty into the race as the teams look for results.
Tour de France final podiums:
2021 - Tadej Pogacar - Jonas Vingegaard - Richard Carapaz
2020 - Tadej Pogacar - Primoz Roglic - Richie Porte
2019 - Egan Bernal - Geraint Thomas - Steven Kruijswijk
2018 - Geraint Thomas - Tom Dumoulin - Chris Froome
2017 - Chris Froome - Rigoberto Urán - Romain Bardet
2016 - Chris Froome - Romain Bardet - Nairo Quintana
2015 - Chris Froome - Nairo Quintana - Alejandro Valverde
2014 - Vincenzo Nibali - Jean-Christophe Peraud - Thibaut Pinot
2013 - Chris Froome - Nairo Quintana - Joaquim Rodríguez
2012 - Bradley Wiggins - Chris Froome - Vincenzo Nibali
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