A lot of things have happened in France lately, but on Saturday it will all be forgotten for a while. On Saturday July 1, 2017, it is time for Le Tour de France. I
m an active cyclist so Im watching Le Tour de France every single year.
There are 21 stages and the race will start in Dusseldorf, Germany on Saturday July 1, with an individual time trial of 13,8 km. The finish will as always be in Paris.
Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) is an all-rounder. He is climbing good in the mountains, but he is also an accomplished time trialist. He is expected to fight with Nairo Quintana in the Pyrènèes.
Tour de France is one of the reasons why so many people love France. A country that have started a new but silent revolution by President Emmanuel Macron. He is a President for a country that have never been that rich if you measure it by GDP per capita.
GDP per Capita in France reached an all time high of 41702,40 USD in 2015. GDP per capita is obtained by dividing the country`s gross domestic product, adjusted by inflation, by the total population.
At the same time; 2,7 million are unemployed.
Tour de France is probably one of the toughest endurance events an athlete can take part in. What the riders are earning is nothing compared to footballers. The total pot of prize money for the tour 2017 is worth €2,280,950.
The estimated prize money for the final position is €5,617 per hour (based on 2016 winning time). The winner in the yellow jersey will earn €500,000 for cycling 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometers) over a three-week period.
By comparison, the winner of the men
s singles at Wimbledon earned £2 million last year. Thats more than four times than the winner of Tour de France. That being said; Soccer is the worlds richest sport and the fotballers are running after the ball in 90 minutes.
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