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Tour de France Quiz

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Here is a quiz with a bit of a twist. Many of you may be aware that Saturday 27th June was meant to be the start of the Tour de France.
Originally it was due to run from Saturday 27th June until Sunday 19th July.  Currently it has been revised to Saturday 29th August until Sunday 20th September.

Marko has comprised a set of questions for you to have a go at. Questions will be posted once a day of the 23 days (which includes the rest days).

The question will be based around each specific stage of the tour. We will provide a recap throughout, of the questions that have been asked so far.

Lets see how you do.

Here is the recap of the questions…

  1. This year the Tour de France starts in Nice but in what decade did it last start in Nice?
  1. Starting the tour in Nice means that by stage 2 we are straight into the mountains with a steep climb up the Col de la Colmiane. What is the colour of the jersey given to the rider leading the mountain points competition?
  1. Today’s relatively flat stage in the south east of France takes the riders along the route that a famous individual took on his return from exile on the island of Elba, but who was he?
  1. Stage 4 today sees an altitude finish which is extremely rare so early in the Tour. There are five classifications of mountains based on steepness and length, but what is the toughest mountain category known as?
  1. Stage 5 today sees the riders set off from Gap, in the 2003 centenary tour which rider crashed just 4km from the stage finish in Gap breaking his leg and causing Lance Armstrong to ride through a field before re-joining the race?
  2. Todays sixth stage finishes on the summit of Mont Aigoual. The Col de Mont Aigoual was used by the Tour back in 1987, when Silvano Contini was first over the summit. But which rider went on to become Tour de France champion that same year?
  3. The stage today travels to the finishing town of Lavaur in South West France. In this area of France the winds can be very strong which could potentially cause a problem for the sprinters. What is the name of the diagonal paceline formation that the peloton adopts when faced with these strong crosswinds?
  4. The first day in the Pyrenees today sees a climb of the famous Col de Peyresourde. Which Briton in 2016 made a daring descent attack from the top of this Col which lead to a solo stage victory?
  5.  Todays stage sees a tough day of climbing in the pyrenees which starts in the city of Pau. Back in 2007 which yellow jersey wearer was thrown off the Tour in Pau by his team due to doping allegations?
  6.  Today the riders have their first rest day in the Tour de France. The route this year
    doesn’t climb up the iconic Mount Ventoux, probably the most famous and feared of the giant climbs of the Tour. But which British rider collapsed and died in the 1967
    Tour whilst climbing Ventoux?
  7.  The route today is mainly set by the sea visiting two islands. The start is on the second largest island of Metropolitan France called Oleron, but which is the largest island in
    Metropolitan France?
  8. Today’s stage finishes in Poitiers which becomes a stage city for the ninth time. The nearby Futuroscope resort makes a perfect time-trial site and it was at this site in 2000 that a British rider won on his very first day on the tour, who was that rider?
  9. Today will see almost an entire climb of the Col du Grand Colombier where the race will finish for the first time. In 2012 the Tour visited this climb for the first time when a French rider (team Europcar) was first over the summit and then went on to take the stage win. Who was that rider?
  10. We have the second rest day of the Tour today after yesterdays climb up the Colombier. Which rider widely considered to be one of the best climbers of all time went on to become one of only seven riders to win the Giro and Tour in the same year, when he did so in 1998?
  11. Another mountain stage today, finishing on the climb up to Villard-de-Lans which has been a stage city nine times. In 1968 the Winter Olympics came to neighbouring Grenoble but Viilard-de-Lans hosted one of the winter sports, which was it?
  12. Another tough mountain stage in the Alps finishing in the ski resort of Meribel.The stage features the famous Col de la Madeleine which back in the 1997 Tour saw an epic battle between Richard Virenque and Jan Ullrich. Virenque won the stage that day and went on to claim the 1997 King of the Mountains. How many King of the Mountains tour titles did Virenque go on to win?
  13. Today’s stage has over 4000 metres of climbing on the menu! One of the final climbs of the day will be the Plateau des Glieres. The Glieres plateau is a high remote mountain table close to Lake Annecy. Why was the Glieres plateau so significant in World War 2?
  14. A relatively flat stage today finishing in Champagnole in the eastern part of France. Champagnole will be a stage city for the third time today. One of its food specialities is Comte. What food is this?
  15. A 36km individual time trial awaits the riders on todays stage, but what makes it even harder is the uphill climb to the finish at La Planche des Belles Filles. This climb is 6km long with an average of 8.5%. In 2012 this same climb hosted the finish in which team Sky managed an epic double. What was this double?
  16. The Tour finishes today on the cobbles of the Champs Elysees. This is the day for the sprinters to win one of the most coveted stages. In 2012 Mark Cavendish won the sprint on the Champs Elysees and by doing so set a record, what was the record?

Here is a video of Marko with the questions all in one go:


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