A general overview
One of the biggest sporting events in the world
The Tour de France, a race that first occurred 113 years ago, is an icon for global sporting events. With over 44 million global viewers, it is the world's 9th most watched sporting event. The 21 day race has 21 different stages, 1 for each day. Each stage poses something different, yet all riders share the same goal of winning the race. Originally created to bring a failing newspaper company back from the dead, this 2,200 mile bike race around France has quickly become a very popular event for France and for the world.
The history of winners
For its long history, this race has had a very diverse set of winners and losers.
Of the many races, the total tally count of what nations hold it all is at:
- France - 36 wins
- Belgium - 18 wins
- Spain - 12 wins
- Italy - 10 wins
- Luxembourg - 5 wins
- Britain - 4 wins
- America - 3 wins
- Netherlands - 2 wins
- Switzerland - 2 wins
- Australia - 1 win
The Tour de France attracts a lot of attention. Apart from having many competitors from many different countries from around the world, the Tour de France is very similar to other races. Italy has its race, the Giro d'Italia, and Spain also has the Vuelta a España. These races make up the three week long "Grand-tours". However, the Tour de France is the oldest and is considered to be the big brother of these three races. These races are very big sporting events, but the Tour de France is still the icon when it comes to biking.
The Tour de France is a very big and respected sports event. Started 113 years ago by a newspaper company looking for more fame and money, this race slowly turned into an icon for France and for sports in general. The Tour de France beats any other bike races with its hard paths, long tracks, and very demanding attitude. A magnet for any bikers who want challenges, the Tour de France is a prime example of what it means to be a sporting icon. The 21 day, 2,200 mile trip around France is not only the 9th most watched spprting event in the world, but it is also a great race that started from the mind of a newspaper editor. Although that newspaper now is reborn in the French newspaper L'Équipe, we should all remember how this race came to be.