Tour de France

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August 11, 2022

The Tour de France (French: Tour de France) is a stage bicycle race that takes place every year in France and neighboring countries, in July and lasts for three weeks. It is the most popular and most prestigious race in the world, and it is also one of the oldest stage races. It is one of the three Grand Tour races, in addition to the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España, and is organized as part of the UCI world cycling union, as part of the UCI World Tour, and only UCI World Tour teams and a few teams that receive a special invitation from the organizers participate. The Tour de France was held in 1903, as a creation of the French magazine L'Auto, in order to increase circulation and has been held every year since then, except for interruptions during the First and Second World Wars. The race is usually held in July, and the route is different each year. . It goes to the Alps and the Pyrenees, and the traditional finish is on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, a stage where the end of the Tour is celebrated, champagne is drunk and victory is celebrated. The modern Tour de France has 21 stages and two rest days. The number of teams is between 20 and 22, with eight drivers in each team since 2018, up from nine. All stages are timed, so the driver's times are added up and the driver with the lowest overall time is the overall and race leader and wears the yellow jersey. In addition to the general classification, which attracts the most attention because it also marks the winner of the race, there are other classifications at the Tour: the classification by points, for which a green shirt is awarded, and points are collected at the end of each stage and at intermediate goals during the stages; mountain classification, for which a dotted shirt is awarded, and points are collected on marked mountain goals, which are divided into five categories; the classification for the best young driver, for which a white shirt is awarded, and only drivers up to 25 years of age participate; classification for the most aggressive driver, for which the most aggressive driver at the end of each stage, as well as the most aggressive overall at the end of the race, is assigned a red number, and the winner is chosen by the judges; team classification, in which the times of the first three from each team are counted at each stage, and the drivers of the best team wear yellow numbers and yellow helmets. In addition to them, other, smaller prizes are awarded, such as the Henri Desgrange souvenir for the first driver over the most