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This nice animated video explains everything you ever needed to know about the world's greatest bicycle race...

Is this your first year of watching the Tour de France? Even if it isn't, you might have a few burning questions about some aspects of the race. If you're not clear about the history of the Tour and how and why it first started, what an echelon is, what the different classification jerseys mean, and many of the other peculiar details of the the world's greatest bike race, this lovely animation explains all.

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.