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Tour de France Quiz I

  1. Traditionally, the race is held primarily in which month of the year?




  2. The 2019 Tour de France started in which city?
  3. The modern editions of the Tour de France consist of how many day-long stages?
  4. What colour jersey does the leader of the race wear?
  5. True or false. The Tour de France was created in 1933 by a sports newspaper to sell more newspapers?
  6. Which Belgian cyclist dominated the race in the early seventies?
  7. On which avenue in Paris does the race finish?
  8. Name the cyclist who won the 2018 race?
  9. Name the Spanish cyclist that won five Tours de France from 1991 to 1995?
  10. Which title is given to the Tour de France's best climber?
  11. A total of 22 teams are participating in the 2019 race. With each team having an equal amount, how many cyclists start the 2019 event?
  12. Which city at the foot of the Pyrenees is only behind Paris and Bordeaux as having hosted most stages in the history of the Tour?

Answers:

  1. July
  2. Brussels (in honour of the 50th anniversary of the first Tour de France win of Eddy Merckx)
  3. 21
  4. Yellow Jersey (the newspaper that first started and sponsored the race, L'Auto, was printed on yellow paper, so the 'yellow jersey' was an advertising strategy.)
  5. False. (The year was 1903. It was set up in 1903 by the sports paper L'Auto. In France at that time long-distance cycle races were a popular means to sell more newspapers.)
  6. Eddy Merckx
  7. Champs-Élysées
  8. Geraint Thomas
  9. Miguel Induráin
  10. King of the Mountains
  11. 176 cyclists (8 per team)
  12. Pau



Tour de France Quiz II

  1. Name the first non-European to win the event?




  2. The 2014 Tour de France started in which British city?
  3. Which colour jersey is worn by the fastest overall rider under the age of 25?
  4. British cyclist Chris Froome, who has won four editions of the Tour de France, was born in which country?
  5. Which American, who held the record for most Tour de France wins with seven, was stripped of those titles in 2012?
  6. Which British professional cycling team was launched in 2010 with the ambition of winning the Tour de France with a British rider within five years, a goal they actually achieved within three years?
  7. Prior to 2013, the Tour de France had visited every region of Metropolitan France except which one?
  8. Who entered the Guinness World Records by becoming the first cyclist to win an Olympic gold medal and the Tour de France in the same year?
  9. What name is given to the short stage held as the opener of the Tour de France to decide who wears yellow on the opening day?
  10. In 1954 Le Tour did not start in France for the first time in its history, so in which country did it start?

Answers:

  1. Greg LeMond (USA, 1986)
  2. Leeds
  3. White
  4. Kenya
  5. Lance Armstrong
  6. Team Sky (the team beacame Team Ineos in 2019 after changing sponsor)
  7. Corsica (until the opening three stages of the 2013 Tour de France were held on Corsica as part of the celebrations for the 100th edition of the race.)
  8. Bradley Wiggins (N.B., Miguel Indurain won five consecutive Tours between 1991 and 1995, and won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.)
  9. Prologue
  10. Netherlands



Tour de France Trivia III

  1. What word, which literally means 'little ball' in French, is given to the largest cluster of riders on the road at any given time?
  2. Which British cyclist won the "King of the Mountains" competition in the 1984 Tour de France and finished fourth overall?




  3. From 1903 to 1967 the race finished at which stadium in western Paris?
  4. Name the rider who finished runner-up in the Tour on five occasions after 1998?
  5. Describe exactly the colour of the King of the Mountains jersey?
  6. Former British racing cyclist Tony Hoar won the 'lantern rouge' in the 1955 Tour de France by finishing in which position?
  7. As of 2018, which British cyclist has won thirty Tour de France stages, putting him second on the all-time list?
  8. The Grand Tour is any one of the three major European professional cycling stage races. The Tour de France is one, in which two other countries are the other Grand Tours events?
  9. What colour jersey is worn by the leader in the points competition?
  10. Name the United States Pro Cycling Team that Lance Armstrong competed with?
  11. In road bicycle racing, what term dating back to 1911, is a rider who works for the benefit of his team and leader, rather than trying to win the race?
  12. What three letter acronym is the world governing body for sports cycling?

Answers:

  1. Peloton





  2. Robert Millar (now known as Philippa York)
  3. Parc des Princes
  4. Jan Ulrich
  5. White with red polka dots
  6. Last place (the lanterne rouge is the competitor in last place and the phrase comes from the French for "Red Lantern" and refers to the red lantern hung on the rear vehicle of railway trains.)
  7. Mark Cavendish
  8. Italy and Spain
  9. Green
  10. U.S. Postal Service
  11. Domestique
  12. UCI (The Union Cycliste Internationale, English translation: International Cycling Union)






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