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Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 25 (UPI) -- The 100th Tour de France was contested June 29-July 21, covering 2,161.75 miles. The race began in Porto-Vecchio on Corsica and ended with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Armstrong claims ex-sponsor should have known he was doping

Armstrong claims ex-sponsor should have known he was doping

SAN FRANCISCO, July 24 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Lance Armstrong have asked a federal judge to dismiss a $120 million lawsuit against the cyclist that claims he defrauded his former team's sponsor.
Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 24 (UPI) -- The 100th Tour de France was contested June 29-July 21, covering 2,161.75 miles. The race began in Porto-Vecchio on Corsica and ended with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 23 (UPI) -- The 100th Tour de France was contested June 29-July 21, covering 2,161.75 miles. The race began in Porto-Vecchio on Corsica and ended with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Froome completes 100th Tour de France win

Froome completes 100th Tour de France win

PARIS, July 22 (UPI) -- Chris Froome captured the 100th Tour de France with a performance in which he excelled at time trials and mountain challenges.
Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 22 (UPI) -- The 100th Tour de France was contested June 29-July 21, covering 2,161.75 miles. The race began in Porto-Vecchio on Corsica and ended with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 21 (UPI) -- The 100th Tour de France was contested June 29-July 21, covering 2,161.75 miles. The race began in Porto-Vecchio on Corsica and ended with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 20 (UPI) -- The 100th Tour de France is being contested June 29-July 21, covering 2,161.75 miles. The race began in Porto-Vecchio on Corsica and is to end with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Froome finishes third Saturday to virtually ice Tour de France

Froome finishes third Saturday to virtually ice Tour de France

ANNECY, France, July 20 (UPI) -- Britain's Christopher Froome virtually clinched the Tour de France Saturday with a third-place finish in the next-to-last stage of the epic bicycle race.

UPI Sports Calendar for Saturday, July 20

UPI Sports Calendar for Saturday, July 20. (All times Eastern)

Rui Costa wins Tour stage; Froome safely in front overall

LE GRAND-BORNAND, France, July 19 (UPI) -- Rui Costa Friday claimed his second stage win of the week but Chris Froome maintained his overall advantage at the 100th Tour de France.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 19 (UPI) -- The 100th Tour de France is being contested June 29-July 21, covering 2,161.75 miles. The race began in Porto-Vecchio on Corsica and is to end with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Riblon gets Tour stage win for France

ALPE-D'HUEZ, France, July 18 (UPI) -- Christophe Riblon pulled away late in the second massive climb of Thursday's Tour de France stage and gave France its first stage victory this year.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 18 (UPI) -- The 100th Tour de France is being contested June 29-July 21, covering 2,161.75 miles. The race began in Porto-Vecchio on Corsica and is to end with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
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Spaniard Alberto Contador celebrates on the podium after winning this year's Tour de France in Paris on July 25, 2010. Contador won his third Tour de France title in the last four years. UPI/David Silpa
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The Tour de France (French pronunciation: ) is an annual bicycle race held in France and nearby countries. First staged in 1903, the race covers more than 3,600 kilometres (2,200 mi) and lasts three weeks. As the best known and most prestigious of cycling's three "Grand Tours", the Tour de France attracts riders and teams from around the world. The race is broken into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are aggregated to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. The rider with the lowest aggregate time at the end of each day wears a yellow jersey. The course changes every year, but the race has always finished in Paris. Since 1975, the climax of the final stage has been along the Champs-Élysées.

The tour typically has 21 days of racing and covers 3,200 kilometres (2,000 mi). The shortest Tour was in 1904 at 2,420 kilometres (1,500 mi), the longest in 1926 at 5,745 kilometres (3,570 mi). The three weeks usually include two rest days, sometimes used to transport riders from a finish in one town to the start in another. The race alternates between clockwise and anticlockwise circuits of France. The first anticlockwise circuit was in 1913. The New York Times said the "Tour de France is arguably the most physiologically demanding of athletic events." The effort was compared to "running a marathon several days a week for nearly three weeks", while the total elevation of the climbs was compared to "climbing three Everests."

The number of teams usually varies between 20 and 22, with nine riders in each. Entry is by invitation to teams chosen by the race organiser, the Amaury Sport Organisation. Team members help each other and are followed by managers and mechanics in cars.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Tour de France."
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