Over the course of the three-week Tour, the professional peloton will be racing for a number of jerseys. Inevitably, the best all-round rider wins the Yellow Jersey from Le Coq Sportif. All leader's jerseys are won by following the same concept and we talk you through the rules.
So you have in mind that the riders would stay in bed all day being fed and watered and massaged all day? This is what us, the average cyclists would do right? Surely this seems like the most obvious thing to do? Well, think again! Believe it or not the TDF riders actually go for a ride! Albeit a nice steady one.
Have you ever wondered how the riders get to ride in the most prestigious race in the world? How do they get in these races? Do you have to qualify? Do you have to win certain races? Do you have to apply to World Tour teams? Do you have to be a certain speed? How do you get into it?
It is hard to believe but The Tour de France isn't half as hard as it used to be when it first began in 1903. Riders would ride all day and all night, but, as you can imagine this faced major issues and so as time went on the Tour de France evolved making it what it is today and still proving to be the hardest bike race in the world. But what makes it so hard? What makes it different to any other race in the world?