Grand Depart of the Tour de
France 2018: The Vendée...

Sunday, February 12th

The departments in the Pays de la Loire region hosted the Tour de France's cyclists on its very first edition. Indeed, it was via the department of the Vendée that the pack entered the region in... Read more

One last breakaway for

Tuesday, February 7th

Roger Walkowiak would have been 90 years old in a few weeks' time, but the winner of the Tour de France in 1956 passed away last night. He leaves us with the memory of a strong-willed rider. Read more

2017 Tour de France : teams

Thursday, January 26th

The organisers of the Tour de France have chosen the teams that will take part in the 104th edition (July 1-23). Read more

ARD to broadcast the Tour de
France in 2017 and 2018

Tuesday, January 31st

Building on the broadcasting of the 2015 and 2016 Tour de France, ARD and Amaury Sport Organisation have concluded an agreement aiming for daily live broadcast of the Tour de France in 2017 and 2018. Read more


Tuesday, October 18th

The course of the 104th Tour de France (1–23 July, 2017), which was unveiled before an audience of almost 4,000 people at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, stands out for its atypical mountain... Read more

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Sporting stakes / rules

What is at stake?

The rules are the Bible of a sporting competition. Their balance and rigour are intended to ensure equal opportunities, motivate riders and help spectators and viewers alike to understand the event. Here is an outline of the main points.

Download the rules (pdf, 23 pages, 1.3 Mo)


A wide range of objectives coexist in the 198-strong peloton, depending on each rider's disposition, strong points and assigned tasks. The most team-oriented of individual sports gives the majority of them a role in multi-layered strategies. The distinctive jerseys and other honours up for grabs during the 3 weeks of racing are listed below.

  • Stage victories

    The 21 stages of the 2016 Tour can be broken down as follows: 9 flat stages, 1 hilly stage, 9 mountain stages —including 4 summit finishes— and 2 individual time trials.
    Stage victories are sponsored by PowerBar.

  • Yellow Jersey

    This jersey is worn by the leader of the general classification.
    The yellow jersey is sponsored by LCL.

  • Green Jersey

    This jersey is worn by the leader of the points classification. Points are awarded at the intermediate sprint in each mass-start stage and the finish of each stage.
    The green jersey is sponsored by Škoda.

  • Red Polka-Dot Jersey

    This jersey is worn by the leader of the mountains classification. Mountain points are awarded at the top of every categorised climb. The points for a summit finish are doubled.
    The red polka-dot jersey is sponsored by Carrefour.

  • White Jersey

    This jersey is worn by the best young rider (age 25 or under in the current year) in the general classification.
    The white jersey is sponsored by Krys.

  • Combativity award

    This distinction is awarded at the end of each stage by a jury made up of cycling specialists. An overall winner is designated after the last stage of Le Tour. The winner wears red-coloured race numbers in the next stage.
    The combativity award is sponsored by Antargaz.

  • Team classification

    This classification is calculated by adding the times of each team's three best riders on each stage. Riders in the team leading the classification wear yellow helmets and race numbers.
    The team classification is sponsored by RAGT Semences.

  • Seconds up for grabs

    Time bonuses are awarded at the end of every mass-start stage (i.e. no time bonuses on offer in individual and team time trials). The first three riders get 10, 6 and 4 seconds, respectively.

  • Mandatory helmet use

    All cyclists are required to wear helmets throughout the duration of 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 they were riding in. Time trial stages and summit finishes are not covered by this rule.

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Jersey wearers after the stage 21


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Sponsorship and Environment

Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more

A.S.O. is committed to integrating environmental considerations into the organisation of its races: Limiting CO2 emissions; A quality waste management policy for the spectators but also for the organisers and the riders; The promotion of cycling as an alternative, environmentally-friendly means of transport. Read more

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