Tour De France 2019: Facts You Need To Know

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Tour de France 2019? Here’s a quick rundown of all the things you need to know:

Start and End 

This year’s TdF (the 106th) starts on Saturday 6th July in Brussels and finishes 23 days later at the Paris Champs-Élysées on Sunday 28th July.

Tour de France route

The 2019 Tour will travel through both Belgium and France. The peleton will visit the three Belgian regions (Bruxelles-Capitale, Flanders and Wallonia) as well as 37 departments of France.

Distance travelled: During the race, the riders will cover a total distance of 3,460 km (2,150 miles)

Race Stages: There will be 21 stages: 7 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 7 mountain stages (with 5 mountain-top finishes: La Planche des Belles Filles, Tourmalet, Foix Prat d’Albis, Tignes, Val Thorens), 1 individual time-trial stage and 1 team time-trial stage. There will also be 2 rest days.

Where does the race start?
The Official Start will be on the 6th of July, near the Casino VIAGE in Brussels. Their YELLOW BAR will be open during the Tour de France, and Casino VIAGE will also feature their own great programme of events and special prizes. But if you can’t make it to Brussels, you can still play Online Roulette while you watch the Tour at home.

Who won the Tour de France last year?

In 2018, the 105th TdF race was won by Geraint Thomas of Great Britain’s Team Sky. He thus became the first-ever Welshman to win this prestigious race.

Who is the favourite for this year?
With the injury and withdrawal of Chris Froome, the bookies’ top five favourites are listed as: Geraint Thomas (Ineos, GB): 13/5; Egan Bernal (Ineos, Col): 3/1; Jakob Fuglsang (Astana, Den): 11/2; Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott, GB): 13/1; Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo, Aus): 16/1.

How much prize money does the winner receive?
Currently, the prize money for winning the final individual general classification (GC) stands at 500,000 Euros, which is approximately $560,000 (USD). The second place GC rider receives a prize of 200,000 Euros, while the third-placed GC rider gets 100,000 Euros. The total prize money for the entire race is $4.3 million.

Tour de France jersey factfile

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Why is Tour de France Jersey yellow?
It seems that it’s all to do with advertising. L’Auto, the newspaper that launched and sponsored the first tour, was always printed on yellow paper. Hence the choice of jersey. Likewise, the Giro d’Italia leader’s jersey is pink for very similar reasons.

Who gets to wear the TdF yellow jersey?
The prestigious ‘Maillot Jaune’ or Yellow Jersey is awarded each day to the rider with the fastest overall time from the very start of the first day of the Tour. So how do they work that out? As the riders finish each stage, their time is recorded for that day (stage). And also at the end of each day, the riders will have all their completed stage times totalled up. The cyclist with the fastest overall time from the start gets to wear the maillot jaune for the next days’ stage.

What is the Polka dot jersey?
The ‘King of the Mountains’, in other words, the best climber, is the one who is allowed to wear the polka dot jersey. Known in French as the ‘malliot a pois rouges’, this jersey has a design consisting of red dots on a white background. The King of the Mountains is the rider scoring the most points on the tough mountain stages, and the steeper the mountain peaks, the greater number of points a rider will be awarded.

What are the green and white jerseys about?
The green jersey (the ‘maillot vert’ in French), is worn by the top-rated sprinter and time trialist. The alternative name for the green jersey is the Sprinter’s Jersey. The white jersey (‘le maillot blanc’) is awarded to the best performing young rider overall.

Tour de France Big Data

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How many starters will there be?
Each team can enter eight riders. So the opening stage peloton should involve 176 riders from 30 countries.

How many people watch the tour?
Overall, around 15 million spectators will line the route of this year’s tour. The TV audience is expected to be 3.5 billion, and the race is shown in 190 countries.

What do the riders eat?
Carbohydrates for breakfast e.g. porridge, pasta, rice, quinoa, assorted breads, plus vegetable and fruit juices. In addition, there are high protein foods available such as eggs, Greek yoghurt and smoked salmon. During the race, riders refuel on homemade rice cakes, energy bars and gels.

How many tyres are used during one tour?
Over a three-week race, the peleton uses 790 tyres.

How fast do the riders travel?
The fastest time-triallist clocked an average speed of 55.446 km/h (34.5 mph) in 2015. The fastest team in a time-trail recorded an average speed of 57.7 km/h (35.85 mph) in 2013.