The 2017, Tour de France began on July1st and ends on July 23rd. It's considered the world's biggest and most exciting bicycling race. It is in its 114 year! Athletes competing in the race will travel approximately 3516 k (2183miles) during the 22 day race. This year's Tour de France began in Dusseldorf,German, and will end in Paris, France. Each day(called stages), a leader will be awarded a yellow jersey(or Maillot Jaune in French). In addition to the yellow jersey, there is a polka dot jersey awarded to the best climber(king of the mountains), a white jersey( the best youngest rider) and a green jersey(best sprinter).The Tour de France began in 1903.
See a map with the 2017 route: http://www.cyclingweekly.com/tour-de-france
42000 water bottles will be used by the racers!
Someone figured out that enough sweat is created from racers competing in the 22 day race, to flush a toilet 39 times!
Riders from France have won the most races!(36 as of 2015)
Vocabulary word: Peloton, the term for the "pack" of riders.
5. Do you think women should be allowed to compete with the men's Tour de France? Why or why not?
6. Learn some fun facts about France: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/countries/france.html