Beginner’s guide to the Tour de France

The 2022 Tour de France is just a few days away and before the first rider rolls down the start ramp for the individual time trial in Copenhagen on July 1 it's time to brush up everything that you need to know in order to enjoy the greatest sporting event on the planet.

How the Tour de France works, and how to watch it

Why are there so many different jersey colors? How long is the Tour de France? And who are the main riders to watch? Let's break this down, piece by piece with several must-read articles ahead of the Tour de France. The experts here at VeloNews have put together a handy FAQ that covers all the Tour de France terminology, as well as a guide on how to watch the race on TV and online, no matter where you are on the planet. We've also broken down how the jerseys at the Tour de France are decided, while there's a detailed explainer on how the prize money is divided at the race.

Tour de France details analysis

Here you'll find the best of our Tour de France analysis content. From a detailed look at the top-10 contenders by Dan Martin, so our indepth stories around Ineos Grenadiers and Israel-Premier Tech.

Tour de France team selection

Who is in and who is out. All the latest team selection news for the 2022 Tour de France. There are 22 teams at the Tour de France. Each has eight racers. Some teams have a leader who is trying to win the whole thing. Other teams have riders who are trying to win the King of the Mountains competition or the Points competition. And other teams would simply be delighted to win a single stage.

The bikes and gear of the Tour de France

$15,000 bicycles. Aerodynamic carbon-fiber wheels. Two-way radios inside the riders' jerseys. There is all kinds of cool gear at the Tour de France. Below you'll find a team-by-team guide to what everyone is riding during this year's Tour de France, from Ineos Grenadiers to EF Education-EastPost and beyond. What's more, we've already photographed a number of galleries including Brandon McNulty's Colnago and Wout van Aert's Cervelo. We'll update this list throughout the Tour de France.