How to watch the Tour de France

Allez allez! The 103rd Tour de France has begun at Mont St Michel and we’re all geared up for three weeks of cycling action and stunning French scenery.

If you’re new to the Tour it can be a confusing blur of French jargon and coloured jerseys. But never fear – whether you’re an armchair fan or lucky enough to be close to the action on a Canvas holiday – our spectators guide is here to translate.

The race
The Tour has 21 stages over three weeks, with 22 teams of nine riders. Each team has a leader, who is supported by his team mates (domestiques) in his quest to finish the race in the lowest accumulated time and win the famous Yellow jersey.

As well as the overall competition there are also several sub-contests happening, such as the sprinters and mountains classifications. This means there’s always plenty of action and intrigue to watch.

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