The Tour de France is well and truly underway! It started on the 6th of July and runs until the 28th of July. Cyclists have already made their way on to the roads across France. They are covering 21 stages, with two days off after stages 10 and 15. The Tour de France is a tough competition. Rough mountains, intense competition between the participants and the rise in adrenaline - this tour combines everything!
Let’s turn back time and look at some of the histories of Tour De France. It started in 1903 but was stopped during the two world wars. Even then, it was a massive success and was all over the newspapers. The Tour opened its doors and expanded its participants over the years. This thrilling race gained the title of ‘’ the world’s biggest annual sports event’’.
The Tour de France has continued each year and has grown each year. This year The Tour started in Belgium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx’s first victory. He is the four-time winner of the Tour de France. The director of The Tour de France said: ‘’It's the least we could do, Eddy Merckx is an exceptional champion and a person of exceptional humility."
The participants need to make their way to Paris. Moving from Brussels, the race will head southward into France. There’s going to be sprinting stages into the Vosges Mountains. Then the rough trail begins…It’s at the peak of the mountain of La Planche des Belles Filles. Well, it’s going to be a roller coaster up there!
This is not the end... the cyclists make their way through the Massif Central. This tour is a tough one. The stages will continue and finish on the summit of Col du Tourmalet. The last stage for the yellow jersey comes to an end in the ski resort of Val Thorens, and then the race will finish in Paris along the Champs-Élysées.
The Tour de France is not just a competition or a race to be won. It needs a lot of emotion and years of hard work to come out on top. Along with the celebration of Eddy Merckx, this tour is an inspiration for the new participants or for those who want to join in the next Tour De France. Let’s keep watching to see who will follow the footsteps of Eddy!