Tour de France (French) – also known as Grande Boucle or simply Le Tour, translates as Round the France.
The idea of Tour de France began in the 1900s. At that time, there was a main sports newspaper in France – L’Auto Velo. The fact that L’Auto Velo published an article of support for French soldier Albert Dreyfus accused of selling military secrets to Germany – angered L’Auto Velo’s sponsor and decided to set up a newspaper sports as competitors – Le Velo. After the Dreyfus affair, in France divided into two camps – those who believed that Dreyfus was guilty and those who thought he was innocent. The sponsor took the first side, and forced L’Auto Velo to change its name to L’Auto.
The competition between the newspapers became fierce and L’Auto quickly lost his place to the opponent. To survive, the newspaper needs to do something stronger.
This idea formed in 1902 by Georges Lefèvre – a journalist of L’Auto. He wants to have a tough, long, scale bike ride and better than any race before. The Tour de France, which took place for the first time on July 1, 1903, started at Montgeron on the outskirts of Paris with 60 riders participating in the competition, the six-stage race totaling 2,428 kilometers from Paris like Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes and return to Paris. There are many holidays between stages. This race has enthralled audiences since 1903 until now, except during the first World War (from 1915 to 1918) and the second world war (from 1940 to 1946) is not progressive. organized organization. The race has been successful and is held every year for 3 weeks in July with the track across France and neighboring countries.
Tour de France is often seen as the most difficult bicycle race in the world and with this race there are a total of 21 tracks, a long route of about 3,360 km over a period of 3 weeks, including routes up and down mountain roads. Not only that, the stamina of the racers is also challenged by the time of the race this year under the hot and hot sun of summer.
American Lance Armstrong has become the legendary figure of the world bike race with 7 times of race racing from 1999 to 2005, so unlike the previous years, this year’s bicycle race is difficult to predict who will win the title. Tour de France champion because there is no truly outstanding person.
Bicycle racing is always a challenging and fierce sport with hundreds of kilometers of races, climbing and dropping ramps, with dangerous accidents and injuries or even death But the world’s largest bicycle tour Tour de France will still be the most attractive annual bicycle race not only for locals, tourists and speed enthusiasts.