The Tour De France remains one of the highlights of the sporting calendar
It is the World’s premier cycling event. And despite recent drug scandals, it is still the only cycling event to attract major mainstream attention. We are already five stages into the Tour De France 2012, and for several reasons, it’s shaping up to be a classic.
Peter Sagan has captured the early headlines with two stage victories in his debut Tour. In a competition where even one stage win can make a career; Sagan’s sensational start ensures he’s a star of the future, and the present.
André Greipel won stage 4 in Rouen after a dramatic crash. British hope Mark Cavendish suffered a heavy fall in the pile up.
No one wishes to see anyone hurt. But the nature of the Tour - with every rider going all out to win, unlike other races which many use merely as training - mean that crashes are a dramatic reality of the Tour De France. Tight French roads do not help in this regard either.
2012 is the 99th Tour and as always it will have a picturesque conclusion at the Champs-Élysées in Paris on the last day.
With time-trials and mountain stages galore the 2012 Tour will certainly live up to its reputation as one of the toughest tests in any sport.
With three different jerseys up for grabs, aside from the famous yellow one, there is always plenty to compete for at the Tour. The green jersey is awarded to the rider with the most points after top-ranked finishes in flat stages.
A fetching polka-dot jersey is presented to the king of the mountains; it is awarded to the first rider to get to the summit of a climb. The white jersey is awarded to the highest placed rider under 26.
Another reason to love the Tour De France; there are plenty of great British riders to cheer on. Mark Cavendish, the Manx Missile, has won twenty stages in his career. He also won the green jersey last year. Lets hope he can bounce back quickly from his crash on stage 4. With Bradley Wiggins also a contender British fans should have a lot to cheer about.
The Tour De France comes to a conclusion on July 22 and it remains one of the highlights of the sporting calendar.
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