What is Tour de France?
Tour de France is recognised world-wide as one of the most prestigious and arduous cycling racers, that a competitive cyclist can compete in. Every year the cycling world watches over France, and the surrounding countries that Tour de France passes through, with anticipation and intrigue. International viewers can watch the race on television, or keep track of their favourite cyclists via the Internet.
The length of the race is one of the key attractions to Tour de France. Cyclists can be on the road for over 21 days, and the race track spans 3,600 kilometres. This length of time provides great pressure to the cyclists, physically, mentally and emotionally. Individuals who are following the race, in France, or around the world via their television screens, may not need to suffer the physical pressures that the riders go through, but this length of time generates great levels of viewer anticipation, and passion for their favourite rider’s success.
The race is broken into stages, or day-long segments. Times taken to complete each stage are aggregated to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. The rider with the best time at the end of each day wears a yellow jersey on the next day of racing, to signify their success and leadership.
Prizes of various kinds have always been awarded in the Tour de France. There is an overall winner, who receives a cash prize in addition to world-wide recognition. Other prizes are delivered for those cyclists who finish each stage first, and ride faster than the other cyclists each day. Trophies and prizes are also given along the way, to signify landmarks that are reached. The Tour de France, is a well-funded race, and the international exposure makes it the perfect opportunity for advertising sponsorship and media exposure.
While the course changes every year, the final stage is along the Champs-Élysées, with an impressive finish in the city of Paris. The various stages of the tour provide international viewers with magnificent visuals of French and European scenery, including mountainsides, cities, tiny villages and architectural landmarks. The existence of Tour de France is important for French and European tourism, as many visitors arrive to view the race, or are inspired to visit at another time, after viewing the race via television in their own country.
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