The world’s biggest bike race has a comprehensive set of rules – here are some regulations that may not be commonly known
The Tour de France has its own set of rules and regulations governing the running or the event and conduct of the riders, teams and staff. Here are a selection of rules you may not know.
The wearing of leader waterproofs other than those by the race organisers is forbidden – Article 5
Competitors who commit assault, utter insults, threaten or willfully cause delays or demonstrations will be penalised – Article 9
If a group of riders gets split into two as the result of a level crossing closing, the first part of the group will be slowed down or stopped to allow the riders that have been delayed to regain their place in said group – Article 19
Out of respect for the public, the wearing of glasses, other than corrective glasses, and of rigid helmets is forbidden during all of the official proceedings at the start and the finish – Article 21
In the event of a tie in the general ranking, the number of stage victories are added up for each rider, followed by the number of intermediate sprint victories; if there is still no clear winner, the individual time ranking is used. – Article 24
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