Tour de France 2017: What you need to know

The Tour de France started on 1st of July in Germany and is expected to end on 23rd in France. The trace extends through Belgium and Luxemburg, before the final stages in France. The three-week competition will lead the riders through a 3.540km track. There are 198 of participants who will ride through the Jura mountains on the eastern side of France in the first week, after which they will challenge Dordogne in the west.

In the second week, they will ride through the Pyrenees and in the third the challenge will take place in The Alps. There will be the decisive individual time trial, which is 22.5km long.
The British cyclist Chris Froome is the favourite of this competition, as he has won the previous two France titles and 3 in total.

The opening stage in Dusseldorf was won by Geraint Thomas, who produced an impressive result, finishing the course in 16 minutes. His teammate, Chris Froome finished sixth with some early advantage regarding the classification rivals.

The following stages were won by Marcel Kittel, Peter Sagan, Arnaud Demare, Fabio Aru and Lilian Calmejane. Marcel Kittel managed to get the most wins, with 3 in total equalising Erik Zabel’s record of most won Tour stages, which are currently 12 in total.

The cyclists made already almost half of the way and there are many interesting prizes and experiences, which are awaiting them along their way.