The major cycling competitions in the world – A fascinating sport, cycling is a discipline that is on the rise in terms of interest. Figures such as Alejandro Valverde, Lance Armstrong, Eddy Merckx, Christopher Froome, Bernard Hinault, and Alberto Contador have made their mark on the sport. It is also possible to make money by betting on this sport. As in football, where there are competitions one more important than the other. We have concocted for you a Top 5 cycling Tours of the world.
- The Tour de France, the oldest tournament
The older the wine, the better. Having completed its 105th edition this year (departure on 7 July 2018 in Noirmoutier-en-l’île and arrival on 29 July in Paris, on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées), La Grande Boucle is one of the most followed cycling competitions in the world. From its antiquity (the oldest road cycling competition), many agree that it is the most prestigious road race. The Tour de France (TdF) usually takes place over three weeks. Although the steps change every year, the menu rarely changes. Two minimum time trials per edition. The first week is intended for sprinters and marauders, mainly with stages of flat and false-flat. The second and third weeks are the most popular and the most decisive because they are mostly made up of hilly relief stages (the Pyrenees and the Alps). The winner of the Tour de France is the one with the least amount of time at all stages. He wears the prestigious yellow jersey “. The 2018 edition of the “Grande Boucle” saw the British Geraint Thomas win his first final victory. He is a teammate in his Sky formation of a confident Christopher Froome, a recent winner of four tours de France. What makes this tour also followed is the tourist attraction it generates. Between the beautiful landscapes of France and the arrival often recorded in the Champs Élysées, one can understand the fame and prestige of this competition.
- The Tour of Italy
The Giro is considered the most critical cycling race after the Tour de France. It is a competition that travels through Italy and all its prestigious cities (Florence, Venice, Milan) and some foreign countries such as the Netherlands or Switzerland. This race as the Tour de France takes place over three weeks with similarities in content proposed. The winner is wearing a pink jersey about the color of the writings of “La Gazzetta Dello Sport” (famous Italian sports daily). The winner of the 2018 edition is the British Christopher Froome, author of an exceptional last day to steal the victory to the best ranked.
- The Tour of Spain
The Tour of Spain is the most recent of the three major cycling tours. Its (annual) regularity is sufficient only since 1955. It’s like the big races, a three-week competition. This 3000 km race generally has a finish in Madrid, the capital. The color of the leader jersey in the general classification changes with the sponsors. It is currently Red. At the end of the 2018 edition, another British rider, Simon Yates, was the lucky winner of this beautiful jersey.
- “Gran Fondo” the Cycling World Cup
Less prestigious than the previous three, and that some competitions of the circuit, it is the crowd of cyclists that drains this competition that places it in this classification. This event is open to all categories of runners and has 3,000 participants worldwide. Since 2011, 22 series have been organized around the globe. During the 2017 edition in Albi, the competition took place over four days with three flagship competitions and 16 categories of men and women. There is no doubt that the 2018 edition will also keep its promises.
- The Tour du Faso, the flagship of Africa
The Tour du Faso is a cycling race held in Burkina Faso, the land of Honest Men. The first edition took place in 1987, and since then, this race has become one of the most prestigious in Africa with the Tour of Morocco. It is also one of the most prestigious in the international because attracting runners of all nationalities; it attracts the interest of many countries and many tourists. The 2018 edition, the 31st of the name, saw the victory of a local, Mathias sorghum before the Dutch Sjoors.