The Tour De France Explained in Animation

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the Tour de France is an annual multiple-stage bicycle race primarily held in France with occasional passes through nearby countries held over three weeks spending July it's a grueling test of human endurance covering approximately 3,500 kilometers stretched over 21 stages of a multiple styles of terrain to put that into perspective that's roughly the distance from London to Tel Aviv New York to Las Vegas or Melbourne in Australia to Perth the racist history dates back to 1903 when shield affair or 26-year or cycling journalists for the daily sports newspaper l'auto suggested the idea for bicycle race to his editor on the ground in order to promote the paper and boost circulation Henry liked the idea and the inaugural race was held over 19 days from July the 1st to the 19th the race attracted 60 competitors who each had in the prize money of 20,000 francs 6075 of which went to the know Europe true winner most Gahan yaja arrived in Paris nearly three hours ahead of runner-up Russia Apogee and almost 65 I was the head of the 21st and last to finish competitor with only 21 out of 60 riders finishing the inaugural race the crooning nature of the two was established early in some ways the race was more grueling than the modern day version competitors pitted all the dirt rows of France through the day and night on fixed gear bikes availing human blockade with German cars and males placed on the world by fans of other riders the first tours were open to whoever I wanted to compete most riders were in teams organized according to bicycle brand names who looked after them the private entrance were called the two Kikuchi two routes of the road and were allowed to take part provided they make no demands and the organisers some of the tour's most colorful characters have been – with Gucci there was no place for individuals in the post 1930 stores and the original to Vespucci mostly disappeared although some were absorbed into regional cycling teams created by Oregon nitriding was also dropped after the second tour in 1904 when there had been precision cheating Goodin see writers that reduced the daily of a long distance but the emphasis remained on endurance the Gorsedd is i the old ways would be so hard that only one writer would make it to Paris the demanding nature of the race cut the public's imagination and the race has been held annually since his first edition in 1903 except for when it was tough for the two world wars as the tour gained prominence and popularity the race was lengthen and it's which began to extend around the globe as riders from all over the world began to participate in the race each year today the tour is a UCI World Tour event which means that the team that completed the race or mostly UCI ProTeam z' with the exception of the teams that the organisers invite the modern editions of the Tour de France consists of 21 day long segments or stages held over twenty three day period while the route of the modern Tour de France changes each year the format of the race stays the same with the eventual winner being the cyclist with the lowest cumulative time across three different types of stage categories this include time trials where the cyclist competes individually against the clock using an aerodynamic bike and gear flat stages usually high speed section across the French countryside and mountain stages which taking the Pyrenees and the ups and make up the hardest part of the tour all of the stages are timed to the finish with the riders finishing times compounded with their previous stage times the rider with the lowest aggregate time is the leader of the race and gets to wear the coveted yellow jersey although the holder of the Euro jersey can change throughout the race depending on who is leading at the end of each stage the ultimate winner is the rider who is awarded the yellow jersey at the conclusion of the final stage of the race which has ended every year since 1975 on the flats of the Jean cities in Paris while a year of Jersey well the original road to was published on a distinctive yellow newsprint and so was a way to promote the paper in the early days of the races history that the yellow jersey also known as my own is not the only jersey in the race although it be honest the most attention as it is rewarded the winner of the other Road classification there are other classifications or contests within the tour most with their own distinctive jerseys in Jersey oh my aver represents the racist best printer the polka dot Jersey designates the racist finest climber the white jersey designates the highest ranked rider in the overall competition age 25 or younger aside from these distinctive jerseys riders on each of the 21 lineman teams are required to wear the same color jersey each team's Jersey features logos of sponsors who pay the riders salaries a few riders wear special jerseys for instance the reigning world champion whereas each team colors but on a special jersey with horizontal colored stripes national current world champions wear team jerseys featuring their country's colors together all these riders with their different jersey form a kaleidoscope of moving color on wheels called the pollutant and it is the image of the pollutant moving through the picturesque French countryside and mountainous regions that makes the Tour de France one of the most beautiful sporting spectacles in the world but the puritan isn't just there for good looks and serves a very important purpose of conserving the riders energy this is because the puritan reduces drag by shifting shape to exploit 10 wins flight headwinds and cope with crosswinds and wind shear strategy known as drafting riding in the middle of a well-developed grouped operatin a cyclist can save up to 40% in energy expenditure but one cannot win the Tour de France or get to where one of the coveted color choices by simply riding along in the proton at some point riders must break away from the bag if they hope to improve their overall standings in the race when a group breaks away the drafting strategy changes resulting in what is known as a double paced line this is where team strategy can come into play for example if the breakaway consists of riders largely from the same team of writers who are no threat to each other in the classification then they can work together effectively to distance themselves from the pollutant and rival competitors if however the breakaway consists of a rider from a rival team or a threat in the overall standings then riders may well to slow them down or hinder them in fact whilst the Tour de France is an individual event in the sense that every man pushes is found to get around the course her Labor's individual faith at least to some degree is the result of selfless teammates it's rare for cyclist to win a stage without acknowledging teammates who put him in a position to write to a Triomphe team members were not in the frame for major awards known as the mystique do the donkey work that enables the reader to thrive or sometimes simply to survive this may mean fetching and carrying water and surprise from the team car or providing a small slipstream by spending a lot of time at the front of the pollutant or it could even mean turning around and cycling back down the mountain to fetch a stricken colleague and face him back into contention the contenders stripped of all of his teammates in the breakaway or a mountain climb is very vulnerable and can result in what is known as cracking cracking or hitting the wall is what happens when a rider becomes completely exhausted and simply has no strength to carry on when I ride the cracks that can dramatically follow away from the field losing valuable time and in some cases dropped completely out of the race all together many – defense leaders have dramatically lost the tour as a result of cracking mainly on the mountain stages in fact often the most exciting moment in the race is when two riders battling for the overall lead in the two will battle each other up the mountain stages mentally and physically testing each other's resolve and trying to force the other to crack it goes without saying therefore that you have to be supremely fit to compete in the Tour de France many express weight with the toughest of all major sporting events and participants burn up to 7,000 calories per stage bear in mind that an average person in a day with brawn mm heart rate can also reach dangerous limits when climbing stages reaching upwards of 200 beats per minute to the France winner midgel in the rains heart was believed to be 50% bigger than average and had a resting heart rate of 28 an average person is 60 to 90 at the end of rest stages which can last for four to six hours cyclists are required to overcome severe mental and physical fatigue in order to maintain speeds of more than 60 kilometres an hour for the five to ten kilometres of racing accelerating to speeds of 75 to 80 kilometres an hour at the finish line but aside from being a supreme athlete and having to overcome the physical and mental challenges of the race as well as having a good team behind you you need to also have a bit of luck and nerves of steel as there are many hazards that can reduce any writers dream of winning the Tour into a nightmare for example aside from the other 198 riders in the race with which to contend which can often result in massive pile ups there are as almost as many vehicles but from a long position of support staff race organisers and media not to mention the mountain descents where riders can reach nearly 80 kilometres per hour where the slightest slip up or mistake can result in a dangerous fall then there is 12 to 15 million spectators who lined the roads over to the falls some of whom tend to be a little over-enthusiastic at times finally there's the weather rain hail and even snow in the mountains can mean for a bad day resulting in false or even catching a common code which can kill of your chances whilst on the flats between heat and Sun can result in chronic dehydration and fatigue so you can see there's a lot to the Tour de France but all of it makes for one of the most amazing and memorable sporting events and potatoes on the face of the planet you you


InfobytesTV · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Good news everyone. We've added captions! Of course you'll need to read them in a heavy French accent to get the proper feel for them.

Greatest Mother F*cker · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

jesus christ, resting heart rate of 28…

MrWeedWacky · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

mr2, gotta remake the video… they changed the rules, now they are only 8 on the teams. and it is not 7000 Calories… it is 7000 Kilo-Calories, or 7million Calories per day… I am not kidding!

the muttley2020 · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

VERY INTERESTING! Very good video

André Silva · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Miguel Idurain had 28 rest's bpms?? omg.

Preuᛋᛋen · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Wer hat die Tour de France 1940 gewonnen?

– Die 7. deutsche Panzerdivision

Ishaan Kulkarni · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Lance Armstrong is a legend

Bruce Wayne · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

You didn't mention the chronic pain in the ass, literally. Cycling is not only the most calorie spending sports, but also the most painful sport due to the bike fit and saddle shape.

veegtec · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

This is super well made.

Ray110 · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

This video is 🔥🔥🔥🔥 it new gets old

I like Toastbrot · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Talk English please, even we Germans speak a better English.

Alien skullcollector · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

this is his voice sitting in france for 3 days.

Silver Night · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Who won the 1940 Tour de France?

7th Panzer Division

James K · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Half way through the video I started to understand French!

Disafear · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Brilliant video!

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Ned Byrne · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Pee pee poo poo

KEEP IT STREET · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm


Buff Barnaby · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

I'll explain…he who gets away with taking most EPO wins.

YOUR FACE · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

where does the needle fit in all of this.

kool`stuff · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

the french narrator made this video 10x better.

Guy in Colorado, Greetings! · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

I never have figured out how the riders are timed, e.g., does the Peloton get the same time?? Please explain that. thx.

yh yeah · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

great vid- at 6:18 is that "blocking" thing really permited? cuz i dont hink thats fine

olomarfarg · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

Great educational video but there was nothing about steroid use and this is one of the biggest factors in tour de France.

ernst haft · May 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

i cannot listen to this… frog dialect

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