What cyclist, at least in passing, hasn’t thought about picturing himself participating in the Tour de France? Yesterday, July 24, 2022, Jonas Vingegaard, from Denmark, won the 2022 Tour. See the beautiful AP photos here. The grueling three-week course ended at the Champs-Elysees in France. Wondering what route he took along with the others? You can download the map here and find more details about the race.
The first Tour de France took place on July 1, 1903 when, according to an article on History.com, “60 men mounted their bicycles outside the Café au Reveil Matin in the Parisian suburb of Montgeron.” The article states that the original intent of the race was a publicity stunt.
Can women compete in the Tour de France? Well, yes, well sort of. They have their own tour that starts after the men’s. According to Yahoo Sports, it’s back after 33 years. Yahoo Sports notes that the first women’s tour was in 1955.