Fun Facts About the Tour de France That You Can Use to Impress Your Friends
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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.
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.
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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