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Tour De France Official 2019 Premium Race Guide
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Celebrate the build-up to the summer’s biggest sporting event with the Official 2019 Premium Race Guide This year’s Official Guide comes packed with profiles of every team, stats for every rider, maps of every stage and lots more…

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Immediate Media Company London Limited

in this issue

2 min.
100 years of yellow

Jacques Anquetil 1957, 1961-64 Paul Howard’s entertaining biography of Anquetil, Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape, captures the unique character of the man who won eight Grand Tours, but reserved enough energy to father children by both his step-daughter and daughter-in-law. Still, he was loved by millions and the thousands attending his funeral included a former prime minister plus cycling legends like Eddy Merckx. Eddy Merckx 1969-72, 1974 The list of the Belgian’s career achievements are incredible and are why Merckx is considered the greatest cyclist in history. His 11 Grand Tour wins are the most ever and, in 1974, he became the first rider to win the Tour, Giro and Worlds in one season. He also found time to win classics 28 times, of which 19 were monuments. It all contributed to 525 victories over…

4 min.
the birth of the yellow jersey

The idea was a good one. It appeared in the form of a mere snippet, in the columns of L’Auto, the organising newspaper, on the morning of 10th July 1919, while the race was already in the Pyrenees having left Paris in late June. “In order to enable ‘sportsmen’ to recognise the leader of our great trek without hesitation when he’s within the Tour de France peloton,” the story read, “our editor-in-chief, Henri Desgrange, has decided that in future the rider holding first place in the general classification will wear a special jersey – a yellow jersey.” Why yellow? The distinctive emblem is similar to the colour of the paper on which the organising newspaper was printed. The commercial benefits stretched to the practical. Not only did it make the…

4 min.
consumed by a cannibal

Your Belgian doesn’t leave you crumbs. He’s a real cannibal.” The description of Eddy Merckx by the daughter of Christian Raymond, a rider on the Peugeot team, who was visiting her father during the 1969 Tour de France. July was drawing to a close and suspense had disappeared into the Parisian moonlight. On debut Merckx had crushed everyone; the peloton was stunned. The peloton should have been wary. Although a Tour rookie, Merckx was hardly unknown. He’d already won almost everything. He’d turned pro in 1965 at 20 years old. In 1966 he captured his first monument, Milan-San Remo. In 1967 he was world champion. In 1968 the Giro d’Italia. Thirsty for revenge In 1969, after winning Paris-Nice, he was on the verge of claiming a successive Giro title when he tested…

1 min.
the jerseys

Yellow Jersey The yellow jersey, or maillot jaune, is worn by the general classification leader – the rider who has taken the least cumulative time to complete the race after each stage. Time bonuses are available at each stage finish, which means the yellow jersey contenders will fight even harder for stage wins. Green Jersey The green jersey is worn by the leader of the points competition, usually a sprinter. The maillot vert rewards the race’s most consistent finisher based on points gained from intermediate sprints and end-of-stage placings. This year, points are weighted to favour sprint stage winners. White Jersey The white jersey is calculated on the same cumulative basis as the yellow jersey but is only open to riders aged 25 and under. If the white jersey is held at the same time…

2 min.
prize money

What’s at stake? In a peloton of 176 riders, there are a number of objectives, depending on the temperament, qualities and targets of each racer. The most collective of individual sports ensures that most of the riders have a tactical part to play in most of the stages. Some have their eyes set on one or more of the various jerseys, while others go all-out chasing stage wins over the course of the three weeks. Most hope that fortune will favour them if and when they manage to infiltrate a breakaway, which may then stay clear to the finish and give them a shot at what could be a career-changing victory. Yellow Jersey LCL The honour of wearing the yellow jersey goes each day to the leader of the general classification. Prize: 500,000 to…

2 min.
every second counts

The 2018 Tour de France saw the introduction of a system of sprint bonus points in order to animate the racing towards the end of stages. Included in addition to the intermediate sprints counting towards the points classification, these bonuses were largely ignored by the contenders for the yellow jersey… with the notable exception of Geraint Thomas, who showed his colours on the stages at La Roche-sur-Yon and Mûr-de-Bretagne. While the Welshman’s success wasn’t built around the handful of seconds he collected at these points, the candidates for his overall crown probably won’t neglect these bonus points again as they should have a more significant effect this year. This change of emphasis is likely to occur as the eight places where they are located are spread throughout the Tour, either…