What is this race and why should I care?
Well, this is only the 107th edition of the Tour de France, one of the three big tours, the others being the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
Founded in 1903 by Henri Desgrange, publisher of L’Auto newspaper, the Tour may not be the preferred stage race for connoisseurs of cycling, but it is a race that captures the imagination of the general sports public. As a result, the race is the biggest annual sporting event in the world with more live spectators than even the Olympics or the Fifa World Cup.
When does the Tour de France start?
Much like the rest of the global sporting calendar, the Tour was affected by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequently moved out of its traditional slot in July through the end of summer. This year’s race started in Nice yesterday, Saturday August 29, 2020.
How long does the Tour de France last this year?
The total race distance is 3,470 km – or 2,156 old silver miles. After a start from Nice with two stages, including a difficult second day which included nearly 3,700 meters of vertical drop, there followed the summit finishes on Les Orcières-Merlette and Mont Aigoual on stages 5 and 6 before the race started. heads for the Pyrenees.