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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tour de France 101

Tour de France 101
Aaron Gulley
Link: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/Tour-De-France-For-Dummies.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=facebookpost

"This year’s Tour de France has proven mysterious to even the most knowledgeable cycling fanatics, with both pre-Tour favorites Alberto Contador and Chris Froome out of the race due to heavy crashes. So we imagine that to the outsider, the race must seem almost incomprehensible. Presenting a beginner’s guide to the world’s most important cycling stage race.

#1: Does the race take place exclusively in France?

Nope. It often starts in a nearby country, a tradition that dates to 1954, when the race set off in Amsterdam. This year, it began with three days in England, starting in Yorkshire and ending in London.

The Tour frequently passes into neighboring countries throughout the event, especially the mountains of Italy and Spain. This year’s edition also swung through Belgium for what became a contentious and slippery day on the cobbles.

#2: How many racers compete?

A total of 198 racers line up at the start. There are 22 teams, with nine riders per team. Throughout the event, racers drop out because of injuries. Riders must also finish within a certain percentage of time of the stage winner or they’ll be eliminated from the race. The percentage of time varies, depending on the difficulty of the stage.

The race jury can grant exceptions to riders who don’t make the time cut. And if more than 20 percent of riders miss the time limit, generally they are exempted. That’s why, on mountainous stages, you’ll often see a large group of riders, known as the autobus, group together at the back of the field—it’s safety in numbers

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Champagne de Castelnau Brut Réserve Tour de France Edition

Champagne de Castelnau is the preferred Champagne of the ASO, organisers of Le Tour de France.

This year marks the 101st anniversary of Le Tour de France and the Champagne’s third year relationship with the iconic sporting event. In July riders will race from Leeds to Harrogate, York to Sheffield and Cambridge to London on the 5th, 6th and 7th July respectively. De Castelnau will be poured in all VIP areas throughout the race with corks popping at the finish line as the first cyclists whizz through. Le Tour de France is the world's largest annual sporting event and last came to the UK in 2007.

The brand’s limited edition yellow sleeve bottle which pays homage to the famous jersey worn by the winning cyclist is available exclusively at Spirited Wines and will be in stores week commencing 30th June priced at £29.99. Enjoy the race, enjoy Champagne!

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