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DAY 4 - our guide to the Tour de France Jersey classification

The Tour de France on appearance can seem like one of the most complicated races that there is! Not only do all the 22 teams have different team jerseys, (even with individuals having their own versions) but then there are also 4 key jerseys to be won over the 3 weeks too. Here we’ll try to explain each one so it makes it a little easier to keep a track of over the next 3 weeks! The ‘Maillot Juane’ – the yellow jersey. This is the main and most prestigious prize, and from day 1, then current winner can be seen wearing this. The prize is for the general classification and goes to the rider with the lowest time over...

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DAY 3 - The origins of the Tour de France

The first Tour de France was organised in 1903 and has run every year since (apart from breaks for the 2 world wars)  It was first started as a way to promote the daily sports newspaper, L'Auto and as a way to out-do their rival publication Le Velo, that at the time was the most popular sports newspaper. It was the first ever stage race of its kind, and took a route across France taking in the cities of Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nantes, Toulouse and Paris.  The immensely long stages took riders most of the day and night to complete. They had a break in the afternoon before they carried on. From that very first race over 100 years ago, the Tour captured something in the...

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DAY 2 - A little more about Mark Cavendish the greatest ever sprinter of the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish is probably one of the best known riders in the Tour de France this year. At only 30 years old he has had huge success as a rider both on the road and track. Born in Douglas, in the Isle of Man, he began his cycling career on a BMX but was soon competing for GB on the track, racing at both the 2005 and 2008 track worlds, and the Beijing Olympics. The last few years have seen him commit to the roads, and he is one of the most successful sprinters ever to be part of the peloton. When it comes to the Tour de France, he has some incredible records and stats against his name. He is...

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DAY 1 - Who are the British riders in the 2015 Tour de France?

This year sees 10 British riders in Saturdays starting list, the most British riders since 1955. Last year only 4 British riders took part, with just 1 making it to the last stage in Paris. So its great to see such an increase. As expected Sky has the most British riders, and has Chris Froome heading up a team that includes Geraint Thomas, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard & Peter Kennaugh.  Fresh from his National Championships win, Peter Kannaugh could easily cause some upset to his Isle of Man Buddy Mark Cavendish on some of the sprint finish stages. Also riding of course is Cavendish. Mark has won an amazing 25 stages throughout the tours he has raced in in the last few...

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21 days of the Tour

  We've decided to celebrate the Tour de France by doing a 21 day blog! Each day Bon Courage will write a relevant post related to the Tour, hopefully giving you some insight into the riders, the background of the race, the beautiful country of France and some more details about the area of the Pyrenees we come from. Its going to be an exciting 3 weeks, and we can't wait to share some our thoughts and insights with you.  

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