After the pandemic compelled the Tour de France to be moved again to August in 2020, the race will as soon as once more return to its regular begin time in June for 2021.
And after an exhilarating end in 2020 the place the race got here down to only 59 seconds, all eyes will probably be on Tadej Pogacar, the chief of UAE Workforce Emirates. Final yr, Pogacar received the race to change into the second-youngest Tour winner of all time and the primary to win the final classification, younger rider and King of the Mountains jerseys all in the identical race.
He might additionally face a stiff problem from the rider who positioned second to him final yr, fellow Slovenian and world No. 1 rider Primoz Roglic from Workforce Jumbo — Visma.
This yr, there are 23 groups with eight riders on every crew to whole 184 cyclists general within the 2021 area.
Tour de France 2021 standings
|Pos.||Bicycle owner (Nationality)||Time|
|1.||Tadej Pogacar||29 hours, 38 minutes, 25 seconds|
|2.||Wout van Aert||+00.01.48|
Tour de France winners, outcomes by stage
The 2021 Tour de France will start in Brest on June 26 and can race southeast earlier than reducing again towards the southwest portion of France and wrapping up in Paris on the Champs-Elysees on July 18. Through the 23 days, solely two will probably be reserved for resting, whereas two others will probably be shorter distance time trials for the cyclists.
In whole, the race will span 3,414.4 kilometers, or 2,121.6 miles.
|1||June 26||197.8 km (122.9 mi.)||Brest to Landerneau (hilly)||Julian Alaphilippe|
|2||June 27||183.5 km (114.0 mi.)||Perros-Guirec to Bretagne Guerledan (hilly)||Mathieu van der Poel|
|3||June 28||182.9 km (113.6 mi.)||Lorient to Pontivy (flat)||Tim Merlier|
|4||June 29||150.4 km (93.5 mi.)||Redon to Fougeres (flat)||Mark Cavendish|
|5||June 30||27.2 km (16.9 mi.)||Change to Laval Espace Mayenne (particular person time-trial)||Tadej Pogacar|
|6||July 1||160.6 km (99.8 mi.)||Tours to Chateauroux (flat)||Mark Cavendish|
|7||July 2||249.1 km (154.8 mi.)||Vierzon to Le Creusot (hilly)||Matej Mohoric|
|8||July 3||150.8 km (93.7 mi.)||Oyonnax to Le Grand Bornand (mountain)||Dylan Teuns|
|9||July 4||144.9 km (90.0 mi.)||Cluses to Tignes (mountain)||—|
|Relaxation Day||July 5||—||Tignes||NA|
|10||July 6||190.7 km (118.5 mi.)||Albertville to Valence (flat)||—|
|11||July 7||198.9 km (123.6 mi.)||Sorgues to Malaucene (mountain)||—|
|12||July 8||159.4 km (99.0 mi.)||Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Nimes (flat)||—|
|13||July 9||219.9 km (136.6 mi.)||Nimes to Carcassonne (flat)||—|
|14||July 10||183.7 km (114.1 mi.)||Carcassonne to Quillan (hilly)||—|
|15||July 11||191.3 km (118.9 mi.)||Ceret to Andorra-La-Vielille (mountain)||—|
|Relaxation Day||July 12||—||Andorra||NA|
|16||July 13||169 km (105.0 mi.)||Pas De La Case to Saint-Gaudens (hilly)||—|
|17||July 14||178.4 km (110.9 mi.)||Muret to Saint-Lary-Soulan Col Du Portet (mountain)||—|
|18||July 15||129.7 km (80.6 mi.)||Pau to Luz Ardiden (mountain)||—|
|19||July 16||207 km (128.6 mi.)||Mourenx to Libourne (flat)||—|
|20||July 17||30.8 km (19.1 mi.)||Libourne to Saint-Emilion (particular person time-trial)||—|
|21||July 18||108.4 km (67.4 mi.)||Chatou to Paris Champs-Elysees (flat)||—|
What do the Tour de France jerseys imply?
Alongside the course of the Tour de France, riders will obtain a variety of jerseys for various accomplishments. There are 4 main jerseys: yellow, polka-dot, inexperienced and white.
Within the historical past of the Tour de France, Eddy Merckx is the one rider to ever win three jerseys throughout a single competitors when he took house the yellow, polka-dot and inexperienced jerseys.
Probably the most well-known of the jerseys, the maillot jaune, is worn by the rider with the bottom combination time earlier than the beginning of a stage. Typically, a bicycle owner will win a stage, however that doesn’t imply they may come away with the yellow jersey that day as it’s primarily based on the general end within the race. The bicycle owner carrying it on the finish of the Tour de France is taken into account the winner.
The polka-dot jersey, often known as the maillot a pois rouges, is awarded to the rider thought of the King of the Mountains. The totally different mountains are every graded primarily based on issue and being the primary to crest a mountain will internet a rider a sure variety of factors. The bicycle owner with essentially the most factors receives the polka-dot jersey. Richard Virenque has received the jersey essentially the most, having acquired it for 4 straight years from 1994-97 and in 1999, 2003 and 2004.
The maillot vert is the sprinter’s jersey, given to the riders which are main the factors classification. Factors are earned primarily based on placement on the finish of levels and for intermediate sprints, with flat levels having the best level values. First-place in a flat stage nets 50 factors, the hilly or medium mountain earns 30, whereas excessive mountain, time trials and intermediate sprints earn 20 factors every. Everybody within the high 15 of a stage will obtain factors. Pater Sagan has received the inexperienced jersey essentially the most with seven wins.
Riders obtain the maillot blanc by being the most effective younger bicycle owner, which is anybody that will probably be underneath 26 on Jan. 1 of the yr following the tour. Andy Schleck and Jan Ullrich have every received the white jersey 3 times, whereas final yr’s general Tour de France winner, Tadej Pogacar, received each the white and yellow jersey at age 21 — although he turned 22 the day after profitable — to change into the youngest Tour de France winner since World Warfare II.
There are a variety of different jerseys that may pop up in the course of the race. The bicycle owner carrying a rainbow jersey is the reigning champion, whereas the rider judged most aggressive on the day before today will waer a white quantity on a purple background as a substitute of the everyday white on black. A number of riders can put on a black quantity on a yellow background, which signifies the crew that has the quickest three riders, although they might additionally go for yellow helmets.
Some riders may even put on the jersey of their house nation in the event that they win a nationwide championship from a UCI-recognized nation.
Tour de France information
There are lots of information within the 107-year historical past of the Tour de France, and Merckx is the holder of a number of. Along with being the one bicycle owner ever to win the yellow, polka-dot and inexperienced jerseys in the identical race, he additionally holds the document with 34 stage wins and 5 tour wins general, the latter tying him with Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. Mark Cavendish does have an opportunity of breaking the stage win document as he at present sits at 30 and will probably be racing within the 2021 version of the Tour de France, although he has not received a stage there since 2016.
Sylvain Chavanel has made essentially the most appearances at 18 and is tied with Joop Zoetemelk with 16 finishes.
The most important margin of victory got here within the first Tour de France again in 1903, when Maurice Garin waited two hours, 49 minutes and 45 seconds for Lucien Pothier to affix him on the end line. The closest end got here in 1989 when Greg LeMond got here in simply eight seconds forward of Laurent Fignon.
The quickest Tour got here in 2005 when Lance Armstrong completed with a time of 86 hours, quarter-hour and two seconds to publish a mean pace of 41.7 km/h or 25.9 mph. His win has since been taken away resulting from his use of doping.
France has received essentially the most levels at 710 with Belgium in second at 474. The USA is down at 14th with 18 after Armstrong’s stage wins have been revoked.