The Tour De France is an multi-staged bicycle race that is primarily held in France. The race has been annual ever since the very first event in 1903. Each year since it began, it has grown in popularity and size. It seems as if people get intrigued when they find out exactly how difficult it is, and how athletic you must be to participate.
I must give each and every participant props due to their drive to make it through this race. As there is absolutely nothing that is easy going about it. This years race will consist of a total 21 stages, and 3,664 kilometers (2276.7 miles).
The following is the schedule for the remaining 17 events:
Friday July 11th- Flat Terrain- Epernay - Nancy 234.5 km
Saturday, July 12th- Hill Terrain- Tomblaine - Gerardmer La Mauselaine 161 km
Sunday, July 13th- Hill Terrain- Gerardmer - Mulhouse 170 km
Monday, July 14th- Mountain Terrain- Mulhouse - La Planche des Belles Filles 161.5 km
- Rest day Tuesday, July 15th Besançon
Wednesday, July 16th- Hill Terrain- Besancon - Oyonnax 187.5 k
Thursday, July 17th- Flat Terrain- Bourg-en-Bresse - Saint-Etienne 185.5 km
Friday, July 18th- Mountain Terrain- Saint-Etienne - Chamrousse 197.5 km
Saturday, July 19th- Mountain Terrain- Grenoble - Risoul 177 km
Sunday, July 20th- Flat Terrain Tallard - Nimes 222 km
- Rest day Monday, July 21st- Carcassonne
Tuesday, July 22nd- Mountain Terrain- Carcassonne - Bagneres-de-Luchon 237.5 km
Wednesday, July 23rd- Mountain Terrain- Saint-Gaudens - Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet 124.5 km
Thursday, July 24th- Mountain Terrain- Pau - Hautacam 145.5 km
Friday, July 25th- Flat Terrain- Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour - Bergerac 208.5 km
Saturday, July 26th- Individual Time Trail- Bergerac - Perigueux 54 km
Sunday, July 27th- Flat Terrain- Evry - Paris Champs-Élysées 137.5 km
This year has already been full of tough times for several riders. Cavendish took an unfortunate dive in stage 1, which lead to taking out Australian rider Simon Gerrans on the fall. Cavendish is currently undergoing shoulder surgery for the injury. After that in stage 2, a fan not paying attention whatsoever was standing a good foot into the road (which is ridiculous) got a very nice tackle from Van Garderen. The unaware person must be feeling pretty terrible at the moment seeing that he potentially could of ruined this for the man actually competing. Garderen went of later to hastily tweet, "Standing in the middle of the road with your back turned to 200 cyclist come at you, just to take a selfie". And, "A dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity". And I completely agree. It is taking every ounce of stamina in these people to compete, and you almost ruin it for a picture.