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The 2008 Tour De France


The 95th Tour de France

The route for the 2008 Tour De France
Running from Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th 2008, the 95th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,500 kilometres.  These 21 stages have the following profiles: 10 flat stages, 5 mountain stages, 4 medium mountain stages, 2 individual time-trial stages. Distinctive aspects of the race are 4 mountain finishes, 2 rest days, 82  kilometres of individual time-trials, 19 Category 1, Category 2 and highest level passes will be climbed. There will be 10 new stop-over towns Auray, Aigurande, Brioude, Prato Nevoso (Italy), Cuneo (Italy), Jausiers, Embrun, Roanne, tour de france charente imageCérilly, Étampes.The 2008 Tour de France is the 95th Tour de France. The event will take place from July 5 to July 27, 2008. The first three stages will start in Brittany. The tour will also enter Italy on the 15th stage and return to France during the 16th. Time bonuses for intermediate sprints and at the finish line have also been scrapped.
cycle tour france imageThe Tour de France is the largest cycling race in the world. The duration of the tour de France is twenty two days and has over 20 stages that is usually run over more than 3,000 km (1,864 miles). It is a circuit of France and neighbouring countries. This year 2008 the tour takes in Italy whereas last year, 2007, the tour took in England. The race
 is broken into stages from one town to another, each of which is an individual race. The time taken to complete each stage becomes a cumulative total to decide the outright winner at the end of the Tour.  The Tour de France is one of the three major stage races and the longest of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) calendar.While the other two European Grand Tours,  Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) and Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), are well known within Europe, they are relatively unknown outside. The Tour de France, in contrast, has long been a household sporting name around the world, even to those not generally interested in cycling.  The race consists of between 20 to 22 teams with nine riders each. As with most cycling races, competitors enter as part of a team.
1 Plain Saturday
 5 July
Brest Plumelec 195 km
2 Plain Sunday
6 July
Auray Saint-Brieuc 165 km
3 Plain Monday
 7 July
Saint-Malo Nantes 195 km
4 Individual
 time-trial
Tuesday
8 July
Cholet Cholet 29 km
5 Plain Wednesday
9 July
Cholet Châteauroux 230 km
6 Medium
 mountains
Thursday
10 July
Aigurande Super-Besse Sancy 195 km
7 Medium
mountains
Friday
11 July
Brioude Aurillac 158 km
8 Plain Saturday
12 July
Figeac Toulouse 174 km
9 High
 Mountains
Sunday
13 July
Toulouse Bagnères-de-Bigorre 222 km
10 High
 Mountains
Monday
14 July
Pau Hautacam 154 km
R Rest Day Tuesday
15 July
Pau
11 Medium
 mountains
Wednesday
16 July
Lannemezan Foix 166 km
12 Plain Thursday
17 July
Lavelanet Narbonne 168 km
13 Plain Friday
18 July
Narbonne Nîmes 182 km
14 Plain Saturday
19 July
Nîmes Digne-les-Bains 182 km
15 High
 Mountains
Sunday
20 July
Digne-les-Bains Prato Nevoso 216 km
R Rest Day Monday
21 July
Cuneo
16 High
 Mountains
Tuesday
22 July
Cuneo Jausiers 157 km
17 High
 Mountains
Wednesday
23 July
Embrun L'Alpe-d'Huez 210 km
18 Medium
 mountains
Thursday
24 July
Bourg-d'Oisans Saint-Étienne 197 km
19 Plain Friday
25 July
Roanne Montluçon 163 km
20 Individual
 time-trial
Saturday
26 July
Cérilly Saint-Amand-Montrond 53 km
21 Plain Sunday
27 July
Étampes Paris Champs-Élysées 143 km
Entry by means of invitation granted only to the best professional teams. The tour organizers recently have utilized UCI points (based upon team riders/results) to determine which teams would gain automatic entry into the tour and then typically reserve 2-4 team slots to at large teams or French continental teams who would not be able to race in the tour based upon their individual team results. Each team, known by the name of its sponsor, wears a distinctive jersey. 
HOW THE TOUR DE FRANCE CAME ABOUT
The dominant sports newspaper in France at the end of the 19th century was Le Vélo. Like other sports papers, it mixed sports reports with news and political comment. France was split socially over the guilt or innocence of a soldier, Alfred Dreyfus, who had been found guilty of selling secrets to the Germans. Le Vélo stood for Dreyfus's innocence while some of its biggest advertisers, notably the owner of the Dion car works, believed him guilty. Angry scenes followed between the advertisers and the editor, Pierre Giffard, and the advertisers withdrew their support and started a rival paper.  It was to promote sales of the rival, L'Auto that the Tour de France began. It was a publicity measure toout do the Paris-Brest et retour raceorganised by Giffard. The idea for a round-France stage race came from L'Auto's chief cycling journalist, 26-year-old Géo Lefèvre. He and the editor, Henri Desgrange then discussed it after lunch at what is now the TGI Friday bar in Montmartre in Paris on November 20, 1902. L'Auto announced the race on January 19, 1903. The plan was for a five-week tour from May 31 to July 5; however, this proved too daunting, with only 15 entrants, so Desgrange cut the length to19 days, changed the date to run from July 1 to 19, and offered a daily allowance which attracted 60 entrants, including amateur characters, some unemployed, some simply adventurous. It was these characters that helped catch the public imagination. The demanding nature of the race caught public imagination. The race was such a success for the newspaper that the circulation, which was 25,000 before the 1903 Tour, increased to 65,000 after it; by 1908 the race boosted circulation past a quarter of a million, and during the 1923 Tour it was selling 500,000 copies a day. The record circulation claimed by Desgrange was 854,000, achieved during the 1933 Tour. Today, the Tour is organised by the Société du Tour de France, a subsidiary of Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), which is part of the media group that owns L'Équipe.
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