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Tour de France: 10 wacky rules of the greatest cycling race in the world

Tour de France: 10 wacky rules of the greatest cycling race in the world

The Tour de France often looks like a hectic free-for-all as the tightly packed peloton flies through the French countryside . Riders must constantly jockey…

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The Tour de France often looks like a hectic free-for-all as the tightly packed peloton flies through the French countryside .

Riders must constantly jockey for position with the athletes around them while trying to gain every advantage possible to win. How the tour works can be a bit tough to understand in its own right.

But in addition to the complicated race format, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), which regulates the race, has precise rules that all riders and team members must follow. Some restrictions, like not cutting the course, seem obvious. Others seem arbitrary, unnecessary, or downright weird.

Here are a few of the strangest rules Tour de France riders must follow. No littering in the Tour de France

Bikes are good for the environment, right? So races should be, too. Per UCI guidelines, athletes face hefty fines and point deductions if they toss gel packaging, bottles, clothing, or trash outside designated zones outlined by race officials.

Wout van Aert has already received one such fine during this year’s Tour de France. The UCI levies punishment for littering when an offense meets the following criteria:

“*(A) Rider or team staff disposing of waste or other objects outside of litter zones, or not returned to team or organisation staff, not collected by team staff, thrown at a spectator. Disposing waste or other objects in a careless or dangerous manner (e.g., bottle or other object remaining or bouncing back on the road, thrown directly or with excessive force at spectator, causing dangerous manoeuvre by […]

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