Tour de France 2008, Provence, France (Richard Semik / Alamy)
- Some claim the physical exertions of this race are akin to climbing three Everests.""There\s little doubt it\s hard work - but what actually inspired the event?
- Reckon you\ve got what it takes to claim the yellow jersey in this epic race?""Perhaps it would be sensible to check out the route first?
- First staged in 1903, the Tour de France covers more than 3,600 kilometres and lasts three weeks.""Find out exactly where it starts today
- The finish line must feel like an impossibly long way for all the cyclists as they begin their journey.""Let\s save ourselves all the blood, sweat and tears