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Annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France

  • Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France.
  • The race was first organized in 1903 to increase paper sales for the magazine L'Auto.
  • Currently, it is organized by Amaury Sport Organization.
  • Except for the two World War's, the race is held every year since 1903.
  • The Tour is a UCI World Tour event and includes teams from UCI ProTeams along with few invited teams.
  • The modern tour invovled 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period.
  • The green jersey (maillot vert) is given to the leader of the points classification.
  • The King of the Mountains wears a white jersey with red dots (maillot à pois rouges)
  • The best climber was first recognised in 1933, prizes were given from 1934, and the jersey was introduced in 1975.
  • The first to wear the mountain jersey was Lucien Van Impe, who earned the honour en route to his third mountains title.
  • The first sponsor was La Belle Jardinière.
  • Lance Armstrong won the race seven times. However, United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) stated the titles are stripped because of his lifelong ban.
  • Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain (the first to do so in five consecutive years) have each won the race five times.
  • The youngest Tour de France winner was Henri Cornet, aged 19 in 1904.
  • The 2012 edition of the race was won by Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins, the first British winner in the history of the Tour de France.
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