Tour de France

There is only one more stage in the 2020 Tour de France, but there’s still time to catch up on the action before the final leg.

Here’s how to get up to speed on this year’s race, the sport, and the history of the tour:

Watch or read to learn the rules of the race, what the green, polka dot & white jerseys mean, and why the overall winner may not win a single stage of the race.

Stage info including distances, elevation, and routes, can be found on the Tour de France website (spoilers if you’re catching up, each stage shows the winner).

You can follow many of the riders on Strava, and realize how much faster they are than you.

Watch extended race highlights (without spoilers in the video preview) on the NBC Sports YouTube channel. The 20 to 30 minute recaps make for a riveting daily tv series. Plus, Phil Liggett is a legend, and his commentary with Bob Roll will make you consider watching each stage in full. 

The Tour de France channel also has race highlights, but they include the stage winner in the video title and thumbnail, so it ruins the fun of not knowing who wins before watching.

The history of the race, and its most renown scandal, is well told through the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, LANCE. While the Tour de France is exhilarating to watch, there is always a hint of controversy lingering in the background, and this doc helps explain that feeling of uneasiness.

(If you sign up for ESPN+, also be sure to watch O.J.: Made in America)

Other random TDF trivia include the cost of bikes in the tour, the exertion to ride at world record pace, riders’ power output on a bike, and the amount of food riders eat to stay fueled.

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