Beginner’s guide to the Tour de France (video)

All you need to know about the Tour de France, especially if 2016 will be your first year of watching
Playlist 20 Videos Beginner's guide to the Tour de France (video) 04:35 Watch: Taking on the toughest climbs of the Tour of Flanders 13:52 The Lead Out: April 2019 - Cobbled Classics preview 36:50 The Lead Out: March 2019 - Milan-San Remo preview 34:48 Watch: Tour of Oman 2019 stage two highlights 06:33 Watch: Tour Down Under 2019 stage six highlights 05:38 Watch: Tour Down Under 2019 stage five highlights 00:00 Watch: Tour Down Under 2019 stage two highlights 05:23 Watch: Tour Down Under 2019 stage one highlights 04:49 The Lead Out: January 2019 - Tour Down Under and season preview 25:30 Watch: The best bits of the 2018 Tour de France 07:54 Watch: Tour de France 2018 stage 21 highlights 03:53 Watch: 2018 Tour de France stage 20 highlights 04:18 Watch: 2018 Tour de France stage 19 highlights 05:17 Watch: Tour de France 2018 stage 18 highlights 03:56 Watch: Tour de France 2018 stage 17 highlights 04:48 Watch: Tour de France 2018 stage 16 highlights 04:23 Watch: Tour de France 2018 stage 15 highlights 04:25 Watch: Tour de France 2018 stage 14 highlights 04:14 Watch: Tour de France 2018 stage 13 highlights 03:38

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.