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How Tour de France riders relieve themselves

In the first five to ten minutes of a race, riders pull to the side of the road, pull their shorts down just like you would underwear and do their business. During this neutral rollout, there's lots of time to catch back on to the peloton.

Once the pace picks up, it's easier to wait for a lull in the race when a big part of the peloton pulls to the side of the road. But, they also pee off the bike while riding.

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The cyclist with the most titles. Tour on hold.
  • The cyclist who has won the most Tour de France titles: It is a four-way tie between Jacques Anquetil, Miguel Indurain, Eddy Merckx, and Bernard Hinault.
  • The World Wars caused the race to be put on hold: WWI broke out several days after the 1914 Tour and didn't run again until 1919. The race also didn't take place from 1940 to 1946 during WWII and a while after.

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The yellow jersey. Resting days.

The newspaper that first started and sponsored the race, L’Auto, was printed on yellow paper as an advertising strategy.

On rest days, the cyclists go for short rides (up to three hours) to keep their legs from cramping and to keep inflammation at bay.

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Around 3.5 billion people watch the Tour each year during the weeks of coverage.

The winner of the final individual general classification (GC) receives 500,000 Euros. Winners usually share their prize money with their teammates. In addition, there are prices for the second GC and third GC. There is also prize money for stage winners, winners of the points classification and mountains classification, intermediate sprints, and certain climbs.

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Tyre pressure and weight
  • Tyre pressure. Every racer has a specific and top-secret tire pressure based on weather and the rider's personal preference. Generally, tire pressure is 8 to 8.5 bar for road stages and 9.5 to 10 bar for time trial stages. Around 115 psi in the front and 125 psi in the back for road stages and 130-135 psi for time-trial stages.
  • Bikes from the 1900s used to weigh a whopping 40 pounds each. Today, the minimum bike weight is 6.8kg (14.99 pounds).

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