Friday, March 26, 2010

Today’s Tour de France

The Tour de France has come along way since its beginning. Technology has played a big role in the development of the bikes that are used today. They are a lot lighter and aerodynamic. Today’s Tour de France also has many more riders. There are a number of teams. These teams all wear the same colors while racing. The overall leader of the race wears a yellow jersey. The 2010 Tour de France is the ninety-seventh and will start on July 3 and end on July 25. It consists of twenty stages which include mountain stages. Today’s Tour de France is very difficult and takes a lot of endurance.


  1. Like this blog says, bicycles have been greatly modified and improved. The artistic and technological point is how the bikes are changing. They colors, shapes and sizes are all different and ever-changing. The small modifications have allowed some bikers to have a strong advantage in the race. It’s neat to also see how the individual riders personalize their own bike as well. The Tour de France attracts people from all over the world, regardless of their culture. Individuals find this sport very amusing and hopefully it will remain this way in the future.

  2. The Tour de France is huge in European culture and growing in popularity in the U.S. each year. As a bike rider it is fun to watch and try to imagine that I could possibly do what they are doing. During the season I see many others who are imagining the same and many of them are out riding on the roads in brightly colored spandex (and looking a little silly, in my opinion) but to participate in the real Tour de France you have to reach a level of physical conditioning that is rare and difficult to achieve. Regardless, any sport that inspires us to get out and move is beneficial to society as a whole by encouraging physical fitness.