What to Watch: 2014 Tour de France

Tour de France. Photo by Mzximvs VdB

Tour de France. Photo by Mzximvs VdB

Enjoyed the World Cup?  Then don’t miss the 2014 Tour de France!  The Tour de France is the world’s largest sporting event and covers about 3,600 kilometers.  Over 100 countries around the world broadcast the Tour de France with over a billion people watching.

Stage 10-Monday July 14

The stage takes place in France, with a route of 161.5 kilometers (about 100 miles) starting in Mulhouse and ending in La Planche des Belles Filles.  This stage promises to be an exciting one with steep inclines and intense competition.  The French team will look to claim victory in their home country while the other teams will fight as hard as they can.

Leeds Town Hall. Photo by yellowbook

Leeds Town Hall. Photo by yellowbook

The Grand Departe

The first three stages took place in Cambridge, UK.  The first race of the Tour de France is ‘The Grand Départe’ and is usually held outside of France.

Click here for more information about the 2014 Grand Départe.

Route through Cambridge

On its route thorough Cambridge, the Tour will pass many iconic landmarks.  The 2014 Tour de France route has 1 team time trial stage, 2 rest days, 2 individual time trial stage, 5 hilly stages, 6 mountainous stages, 7 flat stages for a total of 21 stages.  Cambridge is a beautiful city and is home to many restaurants and places to stay.  There are many historical museums and sights to see.

British Cyclists

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish on their way to becoming world Madison champions 2008 Manchester Velodrome Photo johnthescone

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish on their way to becoming world Madison champions 2008 Manchester Velodrome Photo johnthescone

British cyclists have been a force to reckon with, with Chris Froome winning the 2013 Tour de France and Bradley Wiggins winning in 2012.  Mark Cavendish has 23 stage wins, and is looking for more in the upcoming Tour de France.

Unfortunately, both Froome and Cavendish are out of the 2014 Tour de France due to injury.  However, the British team, Team Sky is still going strong.  For information about the 2014 Tour de France teams, click here.

Awards and Honors

There are different awards and honors given during the Tour de France including Jersey Classification and Trophies.  To see these and other awards, please visit the Terms of the Tour page.

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