Bicycle racing encompasses many forms in which bicycles are used for competition. Bicycle racing includes road bicycle racing, cyclo-cross, mountain bike racing, track cycling, BMX racing and bike trials and cycle speedway.
The most famous of these races is the The Tour de France, an annual bicycle race that covers around 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi) throughout France and bordering countries. The race usually lasts 23 days and attracts cyclists from around the world. The race is broken down into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are totaled up to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. The rider with the lowest aggregate time at the end of each day wears the prestigious yellow jersey. The course changes every year but it has always finished in Paris and in more recent years along the Champs-Élysées. There are similar races in Italy and Spain but the Tour de France is the oldest, the most prestigious and the best known.
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