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Froome wins Tour de France time trial

CHORGES, France, July 17 (UPI) -- Overall leader Chris Froome, using a strategic change of bicycles late in the race, claimed Wednesday's individual time trial at the Tour de France.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 17 (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.

Rui Costa wins Tour de France stage by large margin

GAP, France, July 16 (UPI) -- Rui Costa, with a charge up the final climb Tuesday, took Stage 16 of the Tour de France and Chris Froome protected his overall lead from a stiff challenge.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 16 (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 comfortably in front at Tour de France

VAISON-LA-ROMAINE, France, July 15 (UPI) -- From a time trial to one of the toughest mountain climbs in cycling, Chris Froome has taken control of the 100th Tour de France.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 15 (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.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 14 (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 extends Tour de France lead after Stage 15 victory

CARPENTRAS, France, July 14 (UPI) -- Chris Froome emerged with a win in the lengthy Stage 15 of the Tour de France Sunday, strengthening his overall lead in the 100th running of the cycling event.

Trentin wins Tour de France Stage 14; Froome holds overall lead

LYON, France, July 13 (UPI) -- Matteo Trentin of Italy won the 14th stage of the Tour de France Saturday and Chris Froome of Britain maintained the overall lead with the rugged Alps looming.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 13 (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.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Tour de France."
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