Dear Google Algorithm,
We see you. We see the pressure you are about to experience. We know – and you, Google, you also know that as the first stage race of the year, the Tour de France is perhaps the only cycling event to transcend the sports bubble and reach a mainstream audience.
It’s very good, because cycling as an activity is great, and as a sport it’s the most beautiful in the world. But there are some particularly confusing things about the Tour de France, and new fans – quite understandably – have questions.
And when you have questions about the Tour de France, who do you ask? Who is Google? But while everyone is fine Googler asks questions, no one asks if Google is fine – so as this year’s Tour de France approaches, we’re here to help.
These are the questions that Internet users are asking about the Tour de France.
Put your feet up, Algorithm. We have this.
Do Tour de France riders poop?
It’s the first question you have?! Oh good? Good grief.
Yes. It is an ordinary human function that is consistent in all humans, even Tour de France riders. If they didn’t, they would be very uncomfortable for the duration of the race. Maybe they would even die. I don’t make the rules.
Do Tour de France riders pee their pants?
Usually no, although I’m not going to say “never”.
Typically, cyclists in need will pull to the side of the road in an organized fashion, parking at an angle next to a field or guardrail, before letting it rip. This usually happens when relaxing in the day’s proceedings, where the pace slows enough to allow riders to urinate (the platoon) to return to the main group (the platoon).
If a rider is startled by a sudden urge to tingle or the pressure is on, they can step back into the peloton and pee, with the help of their teammates – either to help balance themselves or to to move back.
There have been recent comments from some riders that road cycling‘s bathroom etiquette is gone, with Peter Sagan memorably describing the gusts of urine he battles as “utter anarchy”. True story, true quote.
Do Tour de France riders poop in their pants?
Oh, we’re back here? Sure. I like that for us.
Usually they do this on the side of the road during quiet times, but for privacy reasons they may dismount and head for a ditch (as modeled by the aforementioned Peter Sagan here):
A runner will usually cross the stage without being hit by envy, but not always. Sometimes that will make a runner the target – hur, hur – of everyone’s jokes (à la Tom Dumoulin). Sometimes a rider will be stricken with explosive diarrhea (à la Greg Lemond), as shown in the following memorable passage, from the excellent “Slaying the Badger: Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour de France” by Richard Moore:
“There were 60, 70 kilometers to go and I took a peach,” says LeMond. “About 10km later I went to a teammate, ‘Pass me your hat.’ He was like, ‘What?’ I said, ‘Pass me your hat, please.’ “Why do you want my hat?” “Pass me that fucking hat! “I stuffed it in my shorts; I didn’t feel like it was going to be diarrhea, but oh, my God, it was so bad. I just felt the shorts go woooooop! And it filled my shorts, then slowly ran down my legs into my shoes. I mean literally, it was running through my wheels, it was stealing spokes. And then everyone separated from me, we were in single file, we were going hard and I had cramps, my stomach.
What makes the Tour de France so special?
No, it has been around since 1903 and attracts the largest audience, televised in 186 countries. It has the biggest prize money and the most prestige, and because of that, it’s the most attractive to sports sponsors. It makes for a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy, making the Tour virtually untouchable.
Moreover, it is exceptionally beautiful.
Are women allowed on the Tour de France?
No, although there have been several female equivalents of the Tour de France over the years, including a single event dating back to 1955 and, from 1984 to 2009, an event under a cast of changing names (the Tour de France Féminin , Women’s EEC Tour, Women’s Cycling Tour and International Women’s Great Loop).
2022 is particularly exciting because it’s the start of the Tour de France Women with Zwift – an eight-stage women’s Tour de France, starting in Paris on the same day as the men’s race ends, organized by the same organizers. It’s been long overdue, and it’s going to be great.
Do Tour de France riders listen to music?
No. They usually have headphones in one ear, but they are used to communicate with their team managers or other teammates. They do, however, listen to often terrible music on their team buses in the morning before each stage.
How many gears does a Tour de France bike have?
Bike technology is constantly changing and some of the minor teams may still use older gear, but the majority of riders would ride bikes with two chainrings up front and 12 cogs in the rear, making a total of 24 gears.
Do Tour de France riders use disc brakes?
As noted above, some teams may still use rim brakes, but the vast majority will now use disc brakes. Ineos Grenadiers were the only top team to still use rim brakes, but they rode on discs throughout the 2022 season. Defending champion Tadej Pogačar sometimes uses rim brakes on major mountain stages , because they allow a lighter bike.
Where do the Tour de France riders sleep?
In hotels, usually with two passengers per room. Sometimes these hotels are nice. Sometimes they are miserable Ibis. It’s a nocturnal lottery.
Do the Tour de France riders sleep?
Yes. The Tour de France lasts three weeks and they train very hard throughout. They need to sleep.
Do Tour de France riders drink alcohol?
Not as much as the journalists and spectators of the Tour de France.
What is the stage of the Tour de France today?
The Tour de France starts on Friday July 1, 2022. If you’ve read this article before, there is no Tour de France stage today, but we love your energy.
In the meantime, take advantage of this practical guide to the stages and the route of the Tour de France 2022.
What did the Tour de France sign say?
If I’m obtuse, there are plenty of Tour de France signs, often saying things like “Tour de France”, Skoda, LCL, E Leclerc, Continental and Krys.
But I think you are really ask questions is the accident on stage 1 of the Tour de France 2021, where half the peloton was knocked down by a spectator, greeting his grandparents with a sign reading “Allez Opi-Omi!”. Which means “Come on grandpa-grandma!” in a mixture of French and German.
It was a whole.
What caused the Tour de France crash?
There are a lot of crashes on the Tour de France, big and small and usually several times a day. But I think most Googlers are probably hammering the algorithm for the one we just mentioned above. The Tour de France accident was caused by a woman’s love for her grandparents.
What time does the Tour de France start?
This world has many time zones and I wouldn’t dare to assume which one you are in, but here is a useful guide on how to watch the Tour de France on live TV or streaming platforms wherever you are.
What is the Tour de France time trial?
For the purposes of this year’s Tour de France, the time trial is an individual race against the clock, where all riders ride the same course, with staggered start times, trying to post the fastest time possible low. For these stages they use more aerodynamically efficient equipment and special time trial bikes and no drawing is allowed.
This year there are time trials on stage 1 (13 kilometers) and stage 20 (40 kilometers).
Tour de France how long?
21 stages, and – usually – two rest days. This year, as the race begins in Denmark, there is an extra transfer day on July 4 as the whole show picks up and moves from Scandinavia to France. The dates this year are from Friday July 1st to Sunday July 24th.
Tour de France how many km?
3,328 kilometers, or 2,067 miles (AKA 66,560 Olympic swimming pools).
Tour de France how do they pee?
The runners wear bib shorts, with suspenders over the shoulders, which makes it difficult to undress. As such, there are two main methods that can be used: throwing yourself on the belt and hoping not to bend the pipe, or the more daring “along the leg” method.
If you do this on the go – from personal experience as a bored teenager on country roads when no one was around but very confused cows – the risk is high and the reward is low.
Is Chris Froome in the Tour de France 2002?
Yes, he will be at the Tour de France. No, he won’t win.
Where does the Tour de France 2022 start?
Copenhagen, Denmark – a big city that’s obviously not in France, but I won’t hold it against it.
Why does the Tour de France start in Denmark?
Are there American teams in the Tour de France?
There are two US-registered teams in this year’s Tour de France – Trek-Segafredo and EF Education-Easypost. They look like this:
Who won the three Grand Tours?
Only seven riders have won the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España in their career:
Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Froome.
Who has won the Tour de France the most times?
It’s a surprisingly complex question. Lance Armstrong won seven consecutive editions of the race from 1999 to 2005, but they were all later stripped after he admitted to doping throughout his career.
Four riders have won the Tour de France five times: Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. (The cleanliness of these runners has also often been questioned, but let’s not quibble.)
Does the cyclist pee?
I think we’re done here.