Tour de France- Finish at Champs Elysees Avenue

2012 Tour de France (Taken from Wikipedia)

For people who enjoy watching competitive bike racing, Tour de France 2012 will certainly be a treat to watch. This road cycling competition combines intensity, endurance, and adventure and is bound to keep you at the edge of your seat. Ploughing through uneven roads, fertile fields, tidy vineyards, huge mountains and major tourist attractions of France, Tour de France is considered one of the world’s most thrilling road cycling races, attracting an impressive number of 12 to 15 million spectators every year. Entering into its 99thyear, Tour de France 2012 spans the course of 23 days, from June 30th 2012 to July 22th 2012 and will cover a total distance of 3,497 kilometres.  The race is broken into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are totalled to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. This year’s Tour de France is made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages. The race kick started at Belgium and competitors are currently through the Vosges into the Alps. From the Alps, the competitors will continue the race through Southern France to the Pyrenees and some iconic mountain climbs, including the Cols d’Aubisque, Tourmalet and Aspin. Likewise for this year, the race will end in Paris.

© Paris Tourist Office – Photographe : Amélie Dupont

Finishing at the beautiful Champs Elysées Avenue where our Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées is located, residents with tickets to Tour de France can simply walk down from their apartments to catch the climax of the race’s final stage. At the Champs Elysées Avenue, the overall winner of the race will be prized with the prestigious yellow jersey.

History of Tour De France

© Paris Tourist Office – Photographe : Stefan Kraus

The first Tour de France was staged in 1 July 1903. It was pioneered by Géo Lefèvre, a journalist with L’Auto magazine at the time, and his editor, Henri Desgrange. Everyone probably thought it was an insane idea at that time. But little did they know the first race turned out to be a huge success.  The 60 riders, who set out on their bicycles from Montgeron, completed the six gruelling stages and covered a total distance of near 2500 km. This piece of news shocked the public and quickly became the talk of the town in the sports scene. Since then, Tour de France is an annual fixture in the French calendar, and more and more riders around the world enter to compete in this physically gruelling and psychologically demanding race.

Past Winners

Let’s further trace Tour de France history through the records of the following two great champions.

Eddy Merckx (Taken from Wikipedia)

Eddy Merckx – The greatest and most successful cyclist of all time, Eddy Merckx had claimed a record of 34 stage victories in Tour de France. A former Belgian professional cyclist, he was once a phenomenal figure in the cycling world. Even though he has retired, he is still the cyclist with the most number of stage victories. During the peak of his career, he has also won the Tour de France five times.

Lance Armstrong (Taken from Wikipedia)

Lance Armstrong – Seven-time winner of Tour de France, Lance Armstrong continues to hold the record for most number of wins. With his outstanding achievements as an American professional road cyclist, he was named the ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year in 1999. However, he retired from competitive cycling last year. It remains to be seen if there would be any in the next few decades that could overtake Lance Armstrong’s legacy.

Cyclist to Watch

As the race has started, here are some cyclists you definitely should keep an eye on.

Bradley Wiggins (Taken from Wikipedia)

Bradley Wiggins –All eyes are on this 32-year-old British professional track and road bicycle racer for this year’s Tour de France. The gold medallist of the Man’s individual pursuit in Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, Bradley Wiggins is coming on fire into Tour de France 2012. Bradley Wiggins demonstrated his credentials and in particular his ability in stage races when he came in fourth at the 2009 Tour de France. If he emerged as champion for this year’s race, he would make the history books by being the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

Cadel Evans (Taken from Wikipedia)

Cadel Evans – Those who have watched Tour de France last year would definitely remember this Australian professional racing cyclist. As the defending champion of Tour de France 2011, Cadel Evans is ready for this year’s race. So would he successfully defend his championship title?

Vincenzo Nibali (Taken from Wikipedia)

Vincenzo Nibali  – This 27-year-old Italian professional road cyclist is also another rider to look out for this year. Vincenzo Nibali from the Liquigas-Cannondale team was the winner of both the Vuelta 2010 and the Giro 2011. Although he has not taken part in Tour de France since 2009, he has been focusing his attention on Grand Tours. Therefore his experience in those races would give him a shot at the title this year.

Denis Menchov (Taken from Wikipedia)

Denis Menchov – Russia’s Denis Menchov has a good winning record at the big stage. He won the Vuelta a España in 2005 and 2007, then the Giro d’Italia in 2009. He also came in second in Tour de France 2010. Wouldn’t bet against him wearing that yellow jersey come finishing day.

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