The Tour de France is the most prestigious cycling event in the world. Sports Tours International is the official VIP Tour Operator of the Tour de France. As Europe’s leading Tour de France travel partner we have unrivaled experience of the Tour and have been operating our trips for over twenty years.
We know exactly where to take you and how to get the very best out of your Tour experience. This is a cycling holiday with a difference!
With many of our packages, we offer the chance for you to ride on some of the roads used in the stage that day on some of the most famous climbs in cycling history. For cycling spectators, we will take you to strategic points on the stage and into the heart of the action with VIP access, for the best possible experience!
About the Tour de France
The Tour de France was created in 1903 by the struggling French newspaper, L’Auto, in an attempt to sell more copies. To say that the rather drastic measure worked would be an understatement as the Tour de France quickly became, and still is, one of the most watched sporting events in the world!
There are several races taking place within the Tour which makes it a fascinating spectacle. The leader and subsequent overall winner wears the Yellow Jersey (le maillot jaune). Other prizes on offer are: the daily stage victories, intermediate sprints for the green points jersey and the mountain points for the red polka-dot climber’s jersey. Another classification is the white jersey for the best rider under 25. The arrival of the riders of the Tour on the Champs-Elysées in Paris is always a massive cheering event where thousands of spectators gather to cheer on the riders.