Sporting stakes / rules
What is there to win?
The rules are the bible for a sporting competition. Through their balance and subtleties, they must ensure equality, motivate the riders and help spectators and viewers to understand the event. Here is an outline of the main points in the rules.
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In the pack of 198 riders, there are many different objectives, depending on the temperament, qualities and missions of each rider. The most collective of individual sports involves the majority of them in multi-layered strategies. The distinctive jerseys and other goals to be achieved during the 3 weeks of racing are listed below.
The 21 stages of Le Tour 2013 are divided up as follows: 7 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 6 mountain stages with 4 high-altitude finishes, 2 individual time-trial stages and 1 team time-trial stage.
Prize money: € 22,500 per stage (€ 475,000 in total) and € 25,000 for the team time-trial stage.
The stage victory has been sponsored by Powerbar.
It is worn by the leader of the general individual time classification.
Prize money: € 450,000 for the overall winner (€ 1,009,000 in total).
The Yellow Jersey has been sponsored by LCL since 1987.
It is worn by the leader of the points classification. The points are won on the intermediate sprints and at the stage.
Prize money: € 25,000 for the overall winner (€ 125,000 in total).
The Green Jersey has been sponsored by PMU since 1992.
It is worn by the best climber. Points for the best climber classification are awarded at the top of any classified slope. The prize money is doubled on the four stage finishes that will take place at the summit of climbs.
Prize money: € 25,000 for the overall winner (€ 110,000 in total).
The Polka Dot Jersey has been sponsored by Carrefour.
It is worn by the best young rider aged 25 years old or less in the general individual time classification.
Prize money: € 20,000 for the overall winner (€ 66,500 in total).
The White Jersey has been sponsored by Škoda since 2004.
This distinction is awarded at the end of each stage by a jury made up of eight cycling specialists. An overall winner is designated after the last stage of Le Tour.
Prize money: € 20,000 for the overall winner (€ 54,000 in total).
The Most aggressive rider Prize has been sponsored by Brandt since 2005.
This classification is determined by adding the times of the best three riders of each team in each stage (except for the team time-trial).
Prize money: € 50,000 for the winning team (€ 178,800 in total).
The team classification has been sponsored by Group Digital since 2010.
Two years after the stage at Les Essarts in 2011, the team time-trial will be making its return to the Tour de France programme. The teams will do battle in this collective exercise on the 4th stage over a 25-km route through the streets of Nice. The time for each team will be recorded when its 5th rider to finish crosses the finishing line. This time will be used for the general team classification; however, the actual time achieved by each rider will be attributed for calculation of the individual general classification.
For the 2013 event, no time bonuses will be allocated for intermediate sprints and stage finishes. Only the real time will count.
Helmets must be worn at all times
All riders must wear a helmet for the entire duration of each stage and on each stage.
Falls in the last three kilometres
As has been the case since 2005, riders involved in a fall in the last three kilometres of a stage are given the same finishing time as the group which they belonged to. This rule is not applicable in time-trial stages and stages that finish at the summit of a climb.
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