History of Tour De France
The Tour de France lasts three weeks and takes place in July . The route alternates mountain stages with mountain finishes, favorable to climbers steps against the clock, which compete either individually or in teams, and flat stages, reached by a long breakaway solo or in a sprint massif. Created in 1903, the Tour de France roughly followed, originally, the outline of France. Each year, the Tour starts from a different city. He often step outside. The Tour always ends in Paris and, since 1975, the finish was on the Champs-Elysees, at the end of a road race or against the clock. Before the pack of runners, the publicity caravan creates animation along the route. third largest sporting event after the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics , the Tour de France has become much more than a bike , a showcase of France proposed to the world for three weeks, a memorial fully integrated into globalization. A Tour de France feminine, shorter, is played almost every year since 1984 under the successive names of Tour de France female, female Great Loop Road and International Women France.
Thibaut Pinot, now placed on the podium, broke into the Pyrenees in the 16th stage of the Tour de France won Tuesday Luchon by Australian Michael Rogers.
At five days of arrival of a Tour Vincenzo Nibali still controlled by, Pinot dislodged another French hope Romain Bardet third place behind the yellow jersey Italian and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde. He also robbed him the white jersey of best young rider.
“Today, I lost a battle,” admitted Bardet, who lost his grip on the top of the ascent of the Port of Balès the big pass this first of three Pyrenean days. Moments after the American Tejay Van Garderen, the big loser of the day.
Bardet sold just under two minutes to its direct rivals, “TVG” more than three and a half minutes. And much of his chances to reach the podium of the Tour which it is separated by more than four minutes. “I was gutted,” sighed the American whose delay has risen again in the descent of Balès, twenty kilometers away Luchon.
The neck, one of the toughest of the Tour 2014, highlighted the strength of Pinot and the stubborn resistance of its two main competitors for the podium now, Spaniard Alejandro Valverde and the French Jean-Christophe Péraud.
– Geraud or energy management –
Both were taken down in the last meters of the long climb up the valley Barousse to reach the altitude of 1755 meters. “I preferred to smooth the effort. On the descent, I expected Valverde back and returned both quietly,” said Péraud who, from his training as an engineer, excels in managing energy.
“On the last mile of the port Balès Valverde left the hole compared to Pinot. I went as fast as I could,” he told Nibali who has never been in trouble though he lost his teammate last 5 kilometers from the summit. At the pass, he only slowed down to snap a canister and switch on the descent with his opponents.
He also pointed to “think on these days” after this stage that saw the men of Valverde ensure the train in the port of Balès before accelerating Pinot on the top of the hill to cause selection.
“I had very great feelings, my best legs since the start of the Tour. I had to enjoy it. Accelerate I wanted when I saw that I could outrun Van Garderen and Bardet,” said Franc-Comtois pointed to 29 seconds for second place in the Tour behind Nibali inaccessible. Valverde is not far but it is not easy to crack,” he has noted. “Perhaps Péraud asks me even more concern because it is a real client on the against the clock” in the perspective of what time of 54 km that promises decisive Saturday in the Perigord.”
– Roger maneuvering –
But the first verdict of the Pyrenees awaits confirmation. “Maybe I’ll have more freedom” hope Bardet contemplating Wednesday’s stage, a concentrate of passes in the last 75 kilometers to the Pla d’Adet where the explanation looks intense, almost explosive .
“I still try to save time on Valverde and Van Garderen” said Pinot, the man of the day-despite his 17th place in the étape- winner Michael Rogers.
The Australian was able to maneuver skillfully in a group of five riders survivor of a breakaway that took a long time to form, about sixty kilometers after the start. At the vortex of the duo of Europcar, Thomas Voeckler and Cyril Gautier team, he found the opening in the last 4 miles.
Experience (tenth participation in the Tour) and qualities Wheeler made the difference. Voeckler, who was it three in Luchon, where he had won the previous two arrivals Tour (2010 and 2012), sprinted for second place, ten seconds after the arrival of the victorious Australian.
At 34, Rogers became the ninth rider from his country to remove a Tour stage. The key early in the season, because of a positive drug test for which he was exonerated in April, he has caught up since the lost time. With three stage wins in Grand Tours (two in the Giro, one round), who had none since his professional debut.