Tour de France: How has it changed?

Tour de France 2013. Courtesy of Mike Slone,
Tour de France 2013. Courtesy of Mike Slone,

Almost 200 cyclists began what is usually considered the most famous cycling race in the world this past Saturday: the Tour de France. This year, the Tour is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and Discovery News is commemorating that milestone by listing the Top 10 ways the race has changed.

The changes to the Tour de France include the following: the road is smoother (new asphalt is laid each year along the route), the bikes are lighter (small internal weights are even added sometimes to make the minimum weight of 6.8kg) and riders eat healthier (even 10 to 20 years ago riders would stuff themselves with pastameat, jelly croissants and wine to regain calories).


To read seven other ways the Tour has changed, click here.