Grand Tour (cycling)

Grand Tour (Cycling)

Grand Tour (cycling)

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In road bicycle racing, a Grand Tour refers to one of the three major European professional cycling stage races:

Collectively they are termed the Grand Tours, and all three races are similar in format being multi-week races with daily stages. They have a special status in the UCI regulations: more points for the UCI WorldTour are distributed in Grand Tours than in other races,

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In their current form, the Grand Tours are held over three consecutive weeks and typically include two "rest" days near the end of the first and second week. The stages are a mix of long massed start races (sometimes including mountain and hill climbs and descents; others are flat stages favoring those with a sprint finish), as well as individual and team time trials and non-competitive exhibition and rest days. Unlike most one-day races, stages in the Grand Tours are generally under 200 kilometers in length.

Controversy often surrounds which teams are invited to the event. Typically, the Union Cycliste Internationale (International Cycling Union) prefers top rated professional teams to enter, while operators of...
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