After the pandemic pressured the Tour de France to be moved again to August in 2020, the race will as soon as once more return to its regular begin time in June for 2021.
And after an exhilarating end in 2020 the place the race got here down to only 59 seconds, all eyes will probably be on Tadej Pogacar, the chief of UAE Staff Emirates. Final yr, Pogacar received the race to develop into the second-youngest Tour winner of all time and the primary to win the overall classification, younger rider and King of the Mountains jerseys all in the identical race.
He may additionally face a stiff problem from the rider who positioned second to him final yr, fellow Slovenian and world No. 1 rider Primoz Roglic from Staff Jumbo — Visma.
This yr, there are 23 groups with eight riders on every group to complete 184 cyclists general within the 2021 discipline.
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Tour de France standings 2021
||Bike owner (Nationality)
||66 hours, 23 minutes, 06 seconds
Yow will discover a full checklist of classifications right here.
Tour de France winners, outcomes by stage
The 2021 Tour de France will start in Brest on June 26 and can race southeast earlier than chopping again towards the southwest portion of France and wrapping up in Paris on the Champs-Elysees on July 18. In the course of the 23 days, solely two will probably be reserved for resting, whereas two others will probably be shorter distance time trials for the cyclists.
In complete, the race will span 3,414.4 kilometers, or 2,121.6 miles.
||197.8 km (122.9 mi.)
||Brest to Landerneau (hilly)
||183.5 km (114.0 mi.)
||Perros-Guirec to Bretagne Guerledan (hilly)
||Mathieu van der Poel
||182.9 km (113.6 mi.)
||Lorient to Pontivy (flat)
||150.4 km (93.5 mi.)
||Redon to Fougeres (flat)
||27.2 km (16.9 mi.)
||Change to Laval Espace Mayenne (particular person time-trial)
||160.6 km (99.8 mi.)
||Excursions to Chateauroux (flat)
||249.1 km (154.8 mi.)
||Vierzon to Le Creusot (hilly)
||150.8 km (93.7 mi.)
||Oyonnax to Le Grand Bornand (mountain)
||144.9 km (90.0 mi.)
||Cluses to Tignes (mountain)
||190.7 km (118.5 mi.)
||Albertville to Valence (flat)
||198.9 km (123.6 mi.)
||Sorgues to Malaucene (mountain)
||Wout van Aert
||159.4 km (99.0 mi.)
||Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Nimes (flat)
||219.9 km (136.6 mi.)
||Nimes to Carcassonne (flat)
||183.7 km (114.1 mi.)
||Carcassonne to Quillan (hilly)
||191.3 km (118.9 mi.)
||Ceret to Andorre-La-Vielille (mountain)
||169 km (105.0 mi.)
||Pas De La Case to Saint-Gaudens (hilly)
||178.4 km (110.9 mi.)
||Muret to Saint-Lary-Soulan Col Du Portet (mountain)
||129.7 km (80.6 mi.)
||Pau to Luz Ardiden (mountain)
||207 km (128.6 mi.)
||Mourenx to Libourne (flat)
||30.8 km (19.1 mi.)
||Libourne to Saint-Emilion (particular person time-trial)
||108.4 km (67.4 mi.)
||Chatou to Paris Champs-Elysees (flat)
What do the Tour de France jerseys imply?
Alongside the course of the Tour de France, riders will obtain quite a lot of jerseys for various accomplishments. There are 4 major jerseys: yellow, polka-dot, inexperienced and white.
Within the historical past of the Tour de France, Eddy Merckx is the one rider to ever win three jerseys throughout a single competitors when he took residence the yellow, polka-dot and inexperienced jerseys.
Probably the most well-known of the jerseys, the maillot jaune, is worn by the rider with the bottom mixture time earlier than the beginning of a stage. Typically, a bike owner will win a stage, however that doesn’t imply they are going to come away with the yellow jersey that day as it’s based mostly on the general end within the race. The bike owner carrying it on the finish of the Tour de France is taken into account the winner.
The polka-dot jersey, also called the maillot a pois rouges, is awarded to the rider thought-about the King of the Mountains. The completely different mountains are every graded based mostly on issue and being the primary to crest a mountain will web a rider a sure variety of factors. The bike owner with probably the most factors receives the polka-dot jersey. Richard Virenque has received the jersey probably the most, having acquired it for 4 straight years from 1994-97 and in 1999, 2003 and 2004.
The maillot vert is the sprinter’s jersey, given to the riders which are main the factors classification. Factors are earned based mostly on placement on the finish of levels and for intermediate sprints, with flat levels having the best level values. First-place in a flat stage nets 50 factors, the hilly or medium mountain earns 30, whereas excessive mountain, time trials and intermediate sprints earn 20 factors every. Everybody within the prime 15 of a stage will obtain factors. Pater Sagan has received the inexperienced jersey probably the most with seven wins.
Riders obtain the maillot blanc by being the most effective younger bike owner, which is anybody that will probably be beneath 26 on Jan. 1 of the yr following the tour. Andy Schleck and Jan Ullrich have every received the white jersey thrice, whereas final yr’s general Tour de France winner, Tadej Pogacar, received each the white and yellow jersey at age 21 — although he turned 22 the day after successful — to develop into the youngest Tour de France winner since World Struggle II.
There are a variety of different jerseys that can pop up in the course of the race. The bike owner carrying a rainbow jersey is the reigning champion, whereas the rider judged most aggressive on yesterday will waer a white quantity on a purple background as an alternative of the everyday white on black. A number of riders can put on a black quantity on a yellow background, which signifies the group that has the quickest three riders, although they may additionally go for yellow helmets.
Some riders may even put on the jersey of their residence nation in the event that they win a nationwide championship from a UCI-recognized nation.
Tour de France information
There are a lot of information within the 107-year historical past of the Tour de France, and Merckx is the holder of a number of. Along with being the one bike owner ever to win the yellow, polka-dot and inexperienced jerseys in the identical race, he additionally holds the report with 34 stage wins and 5 tour wins general, the latter tying him with Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. Mark Cavendish does have an opportunity of breaking the stage win report as he presently sits at 30 and will probably be racing within the 2021 version of the Tour de France, although he has not received a stage there since 2016.
Sylvain Chavanel has made probably the most appearances at 18 and is tied with Joop Zoetemelk with 16 finishes.
The biggest margin of victory got here within the first Tour de France again in 1903, when Maurice Garin waited two hours, 49 minutes and 45 seconds for Lucien Pothier to hitch him on the end line. The closest end got here in 1989 when Greg LeMond got here in simply eight seconds forward of Laurent Fignon.
The quickest Tour got here in 2005 when Lance Armstrong completed with a time of 86 hours, quarter-hour and two seconds to submit a median velocity of 41.7 km/h or 25.9 mph. His win has since been taken away as a result of his use of doping.
France has received probably the most levels at 710 with Belgium in second at 474. The USA is down at 14th with 18 after Armstrong’s stage wins have been revoked.