The Tour de France, one of the largest global sporting events, begins on July 2nd this year, and last year’s winner, cyclist Chris Froome is hoping to keep the yellow jersey for another year.
198 riders compete in the nearly month-long cycling race, this year starting at the picturesque Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy then heading south to Spain, back up to the eastern part of France and Switzerland, before finishing up in Paris within 21 stages of hilly, flat and mountainous roads.
This year, the riders to place your bets on are last year’s winner, British rider Chris Froome, runner up Nairo Quintana, 2007 and 2009 winner Alberto Contador, and the rising star from Italy Fabio Aru. Each rider represents a cycling team from around the world as the Tour de France attracts not only global competitors, but also a global audience.
Wired UK spent the day training with Froome in the beautiful hills of Nice, France, as he talked about his struggles and achievements in racing.
“Learning how to ride in a bunch is a huge thing that’s underestimated,” he said. “It’s so much more dynamic, it’s about fighting for positions… it’s about not wasting energy.”
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