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  • The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle

    race primarily held in France, while also occasionally making pass-

    es through nearby countries. The race was first organized

    in 1903 to increase paper sales for the magazine L'Auto. It is

    currently run by the Amaury Sport Organisation. The race has

    been held annually since its first edition in 1903 except for when

    it was stopped for the two World Wars. As the Tour gained

    prominence and popularity the race was lengthened and its reach

    began to extend around the globe. Participation expanded from

    originally having just French competitors, as riders from all over

    the world began to participate in the race each year.

    Le Tour de France

    The Tour originally ran around the perimeter of France. Cycling was an endur-

    ance sport and the organisers realised the sales they would achieve by creating

    supermen of their competitors. Night riding was dropped after the second Tour

    in 1904, when there had been persistent cheating when judges could not see rid-

    ers. That reduced the daily and overall distance but the emphasis remained on

    endurance. The original organiser said his ideal race would be so hard that only

    one rider would make it to Paris.

    This year the race will start in Leeds, York-

    shire and make its way through many Yorkshire


    Other Grande Depart cities include...

    2002 Luxembourg, 2004 Lige, Belgium

    2007 London, United Kingdom, 2009 Monte Carlo, Monaco

    2010 Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2012 Lige, Belgium

    2014 Leeds, United Kingdom

    1. What does annual mean?

    2. Where is the race primarily held?

    3. Why do you think the organiser wanted to make it

    so hard that only one rider would make it to Paris?

    4. Why was night riding dropped after the second

    Tour de France?

    5. Why has the writer included a map?

    6. Pick out 4 features of the text that make it clear

    this is a non-fiction text.

    7. Why is the word LAuto in the first paragraph in


    8. What is the writers purpose in writing this article?

    9. Who currently runs Le Tour de France?

    10. Why are we seeing a lot about the Tour on our tel-


    11. Where did the tour begin in 2009?

    12. Name three places the Tour will pass through this


    13. Re-write and simplify the first paragraph for a

    year 2 reader.