13 Facts About Tour de France

1. Tour de France was a highpoint in a strong WorldTour debut for Bernal, who won the overall classification at the Colombia Oro y Paz and the Tour of California, as well as taking second at the Tour de Romandie.

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2. Tour de France begins with expected sprints on the three opening stages before the Corkscrew climb returns on stage four.

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3. Tour de France is the Stanley Cup of racing, he said.

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4. Tour de France announced two of its wildcard invitations for 2019 on Thursday.

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5. Tour de France takes place over 23 days and covers over 2,000 miles.

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6. Tour de France chose not to appeal the decision and in January 2013 he admitted doping in a television interview conducted by Oprah Winfrey, despite having made repeated denials throughout his career.

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7. Tour de France said he had used skin cream containing triamcinolone to treat saddle sores.

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8. Tour de France is an important cultural event for fans in Europe.

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9. Tour de France helped drive an internationalization of the Tour de France, and cycling in general.

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10. Tour de France introduced the finish of the Tour at the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in 1975, the same year the polka-dot jersey was introduced for the winner of the Mountains Classification.

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11. Tour de France made Felix Levitan co-organizer of the Tour, and it was decided that Levitan would focus on the financial issues, and Jacques Goddet on the sporting issues.

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12. Tour de France was a prominent cyclist and owner with Victor Goddet of the velodrome at the Parc des Princes.

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13. Tour de France is an annual men's multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while occasionally passing through nearby countries.

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