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Cavendish wins 25th career stage in Tour de France

SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France, July 12 (UPI) -- Mark Cavendish collected his 25th Tour de France stage Friday and overall leader Chris Froome saw his advantage shrink considerably.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 12 (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.

Kittel collects another Tour stage; Froome leads overall

TOURS, France, July 11 (UPI) -- Marcel Kittel edged Mark Cavendish in the final sprint Thursday and won his third stage of this year's Tour de France, which Chris Froome continues to lead.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 11 (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.

Tony Martin wins stage; Froome increases Tour lead

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France, July 10 (UPI) -- Tony Martin won the individual time trial Wednesday but stage runner-up Chris Froome substantially increased his overall lead at the 100th Tour de France.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 10 (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.

Kittel has second stage victory at Tour de France

SAINT-MALO, France, July 9 (UPI) -- Marcel Kittel on Tuesday won his second stage of the 2013 Tour de France but Chris Froome remains the overall leader.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 9 (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 ends with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Froome in front at 100th Tour de France

SAINT-GILDAS-DES BOIS, France, July 8 (UPI) -- No British rider won the Tour de France for the first 98 runnings of cycling's premier event and now Chris Froome seems in position to make it two in a row.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 8 (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 ends with the traditional ride down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Route and results of 2013 Tour de France

PARIS, July 7 (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 ends 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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