Do you think you know everything there is to know about the Tour de France and its long history? Put your knowledge to the test with our series of questions on the Tour.
Since 1903, the Tour has had its fair share of surprises, and has enabled many sportsmen to write their names in the history books of the world’s greatest bike race. From the very first winner, Maurice Garin, to the Poulidor years, and the endless caravan that snakes its way across France each year, the Tour remains a unique sporting and cultural event, as illustrated by its rich history. Do you know the correct answers to these questions? Have a go and see!
1/ In which year did the Tour first travel outside of France?
2/ What is the name of the vehicle that travels behind the riders, and picks up those who can no longer continue in the race?
- Rescue car
- Time-keeping car
- The sweep vehicle
- Caravan vehicle
3/ What is the smallest time gap ever recorded between the winner of a Tour and the runner-up at the finish line on the Champs-Elysées?
- 8 seconds
- 13 seconds
- 29 seconds
- 30 seconds
4/ Which rider holds the record for the most Tour de France appearances (17)?
- Eddy Merckx
- Bernard Hinault
- Lance Armstrong
- George Hincapie
5/ The Tour’s publicity caravan snakes across France each year, to the great delight of the young and not-so-young fans that come to watch the race. But in which year was it created?
6/ Which of these countries has never hosted a Tour de France stage ?
7/ The Yellow Jersey is worn by the leader of the individual general classification. In which year did this famous jersey make its first appearance?
8/ Taking his place on the podium in Paris on 8 occasions (7 victories, 1 third place), Lance Armstrong jointly holds the record for the most top three finishes with…?
- Jan Ullrich
- Raymond Poulidor
- Jacques Anquetil
- Miguel Indurain
9/ How many times did German sprint specialist Erik Zabel win the Green Jersey?
10/ What shape is the trophy that the winner of the Tour de France receives at the end of the race?
- A vase
- A wheel
- A set of handlebars
- A plate
Leave your answers in the comments section below, and we’ll publish the correct answers at the start of next week!