The Tour de France may be the biggest sporting event in the world, but for newcomers and many long standing watchers alike it can be confusing to know what’s going on.

The race lasts for three weeks, but the overall winner could be someone doesn’t win any of the 21 stages. There are four jerseys on offer, but how do riders earn the right to wear them?

>>> You decide: Who will win the jerseys at the 2016 Tour de France?

Our beginner’s guide to the Tour de France video will bring everyone up to speed on what to expect when the race starts on Saturday July 2.

>>> Tour de France 2016 route and essential guide

Every last intricacy can’t be discussed in a single video, but this guide will give a grounding and make such a fantastic even all the more accessible.

Each stage will be broadcast live on television in the UK – some stages from start to finish, but anyone tempted to head over to the Continent and catch the action is strongly recommended to do so.