Here’s What You Need to Know About the Tour De France

Here’s a quick primer for this year’s Tour de France.

TIME

Here’s all the information you need on cycling’s most prestigious race.

When and where is the Tour de France?

The 2014 Tour de France will kick off in Leeds, England on Saturday, July 5. Three stages will take place in the U.K. over the course of three days before the race continues on the mainland. The race will move to Belgium, Spain and France, making it one of the most geographically diverse races in years. The race lasts a total of 23 days, including two rest days (i.e. 21 days of actual cycling). It will end on July 27 in Paris. The entire race will play live on NBC.

How do the teams work?

The teams have nine members. The team includes a leader, sprinters, climbers and domestiques—members who get water from the team car and protect the leader by chasing down breakaways and riding in front of him…

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