Yellow - Maillot Jaune The Yellow Jersey of the Tour
de France is awarded to the rider with the quickest overall time and is,
therefore, the race leader. It was created in 1919 as an homage to the
yellow paper of l'Auto magazine, founder of the Tour de France in 1903.
Eddy Merckx wore it for a record 111 days.
Green - Maillot Vert The next most prestigious jersey
is given to the leader in the points classification which rewards sprinters. During each stage, points are attributed during the intermediary sprints and
at the finish. The jersey was introduced in 1953. Germany's Erik Zabel won
it a record six consecutive times between 1996 and 2001.
Polka Dot - Maillot à Pois Rouges Awarded to the
rider who earns most of the points at each summit of a hill or pass. The
winner is known as the King of the Mountains.
Although the award was introduced in 1933, this distinctive jersey was
not introduced until 1975.
White - Maillot Blanc The newest jersey, the white,
was introduced in 1975. Given to the best young rider [under 25] in the
general classification, it was abandoned in 1989 but reintroduced in 1999.
The term 'bicycle' first became popular in the 1860s, in France
The first mountain bike was developed in 1977.
10% of New York workers use bicycles as transportation.
There are over half billion bikes in China.
In the US there are more cyclist than golfers, skiers and tennis
Only 1% of Americans commute by bicycle. In Japan it is 15%.
With the same energy and resources that takes to build a
medium-sized car, a hundred bicycles can be produced.
In China, there is 1 car to every 250 bicycles.
Fred A. Birchmore circled the globe by bicycle in 1935.
On a bicycle you can travel four times faster than you can walk
using the same energy.
People Do Strange Things At The Tour de France
Dave Watson, an American, gap-jumped the Tour de France peloton during
the Alp d'Huez stage. Preparations were kept secret to prevent the
authorities stopping it. The jump took place just before the summit of the
col de Galibier. Jumping just over the back of the peloton as to take no
chances of injuring riders Dave sailed approximately 45 feet before touching
down. He was slightly injured but Will and Guy can report that he has fully
An Alternative View: French Testing Methods Revealed Thanks to Terry
Anti French Sentiment [not supported by Will and Guy] CNN is reporting
that Lance Armstrong may be stripped of his 7th Tour de France title. In a
random check for banned substances, three were found in Armstrong's hotel
The 3 substances banned by the French, that were found in Lance's hotel room
were as follows:
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