Tour De France 2012

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chris89

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I Have to say a massive Congratulations to Bradley Wiggins for wining it overal being the first British rider in doing so.

Also Congrats to Christopher Froome coming second and to Mark Cavendish for winning the last stage.

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I fully agree with you - Well done to Wiggo, Cav and Froomey, and Team Sky as a whole. Ive been following the Tour De France from Day one, and it's been phenomenal - with stage wins from 22 year old Peter Sagan, and super sprint outs from CAV, it well and truly has been amazing!

And i have to stick up for Sky on this one, Whilst they've not got the best of reputation in this country thanks to the involvement by the Murdochs, what they've done for British Cycling has been nothing short of fantastic, and with such a team as Froomey, Wiggo and Cav - Roll on London 2012!

Absolutly fantastic day!:D
 

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Yes, well done to Mr. Wiggins and everyone involved. I am not usually interested whatsoever in sport, apart from the odd bit of Rugby, but was keeping everything crossed when it appeared that the UK could win the TDF.
I wonder what is the significance off the different Jersey's the leaders seem to wear, apart from the yellow jersey, there seems to be a green one and a spotted one whichall have some importance.?
 

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Yes, well done to Mr. Wiggins and everyone involved. I am not usually interested whatsoever in sport, apart from the odd bit of Rugby, but was keeping everything crossed when it appeared that the UK could win the TDF.
I wonder what is the significance off the different Jersey's the leaders seem to wear, apart from the yellow jersey, there seems to be a green one and a spotted one whichall have some importance.?

There are various classes in the competition, not all riders have the same prize in mind. For example Sprint specialists are rubbish at Mountain climbing so will lose masses of time in the overall competition. But a good climber can't out accelerate a sprinter in the race for the line on the flatter stages.

Jerseys
  • Yellow: Overall Leader (Based on total time since the start)
  • Green: Leader on Sprint Points (Points are awarded based on the order they cross the line at the end of the stage and also at an intermediate sprint point)
  • Polka Dot: King of the Mountains (Points are awarded based on the order riders cross the summit of categorised climbs - the higher the category the more points on offer)
  • White: Highest placed young rider (as the Yellow Jersey but for riders under 25)

Only one rider has won the right to wear the Yellow, Green and Polka at the same time. That was Eddie Mercx, he would have won the white jersey as well but it hadn't been introduced at the time!

There are also prizes for best placed team in the overall standings, most aggressive* rider on each stage and winning individual stages.


*This isn't the best translation, but the prize will be awarded to the rider who attacks most or carries out some other feat that the referees deem worthy (for example the rider who was rammed off the road and into a barbed wire fence by a media vehicle was awarded it despite being practically towed in by the medical car with very nasty wounds was awarded it when he started the next day's stage after an evening in the medical centre)
 

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There are various classes in the competition, not all riders have the same prize in mind. For example Sprint specialists are rubbish at Mountain climbing so will lose masses of time in the overall competition. But a good climber can't out accelerate a sprinter in the race for the line on the flatter stages.

Jerseys
  • Yellow: Overall Leader (Based on total time since the start)
  • Green: Leader on Sprint Points (Points are awarded based on the order they cross the line at the end of the stage and also at an intermediate sprint point)
  • Polka Dot: King of the Mountains (Points are awarded based on the order riders cross the summit of categorised climbs - the higher the category the more points on offer)
  • White: Highest placed young rider (as the Yellow Jersey but for riders under 25)

Only one rider has won the right to wear the Yellow, Green and Polka at the same time. That was Eddie Mercx, he would have won the white jersey as well but it hadn't been introduced at the time!

There are also prizes for best placed team in the overall standings, most aggressive* rider on each stage and winning individual stages.


*This isn't the best translation, but the prize will be awarded to the rider who attacks most or carries out some other feat that the referees deem worthy (for example the rider who was rammed off the road and into a barbed wire fence by a media vehicle was awarded it despite being practically towed in by the medical car with very nasty wounds was awarded it when he started the next day's stage after an evening in the medical centre)

Thank you for the information regarding the Jerseys.
I Must say I was getting far more interested about the TDF than I am about the Olympics.
 
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I Must say I was getting far more interested about the TDF than I am about the Olympics.
Its one of those things that once you start getting interested it is easy to get hooked. Both my parents competed in amateur cycling competitions and have always followed the TDF and other races and it has rubbed off on me, though I have to admit it is easier to follow these days as there is far more TV coverage than years ago.
 

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Its one of those things that once you start getting interested it is easy to get hooked. Both my parents competed in amateur cycling competitions and have always followed the TDF and other races and it has rubbed off on me, though I have to admit it is easier to follow these days as there is far more TV coverage than years ago.

Yes it was very good coverage on one of the ITV Channels this year.
 
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