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Why do all riders in the Tour wear WHITE bike shoes?

The riders in the Tour de France all wear WHITE bicycle shoes. Why is everyone with white? Is that a rule in the Tour?
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Disc brake equipped time trial bikes in grand tour

Why did team Deceuninck–Quick-Step ride disc brake equipped time trial bikes in a relatively flat course through Brussels in stage 2 of the 2019 Tour de France?
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Time bonuses in Grand Tour bicycle races

Were time bonuses ever given in Grand Tour time trial stages? If so, which years & races (among Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro d'Italia)?
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Why is doping illegal in Tour de France?

It seems like a self-evident truth, but I've never heard the rationale behind it. Why is doping illegal in Tour de France? I assume it is related to the safety of the riders? Then why don't they ...
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2018 Tour De France - schedule with start times?

Is anybody aware of a source for a 2018 Tour De France schedule, including start times? I can find many sites that have the schedule per day but none seem to include the start times for each stage.
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Are there rules for how many riders can be in a World Tour team?

Pro teams take nine riders to a grand tour, and fewer riders to other races. Of course, not every rider will ride every race. Is there an upper limit to the total number of riders a team can have at ...
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TdF: How does putting one team member in a break away help the rest of the team?

In a race such as Le Tour De France, what advantage does a team gain from sending one team member into a break away? What does the rest of the team, including their favoured rider, gain?
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Why does the Tour de France have a minimum weight limit on the bicycles?

Why does the TdF have a minimum bicycle weight of 6.8kg? Does it act like the F-1 limit on engine specifications in an attempt to reduce the role of technology and cost expenditures? If this a UCI ...
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Why are puncture-resistant tires not used in professional races?

Having used with great satisfaction puncture-resistant tires for more than 8 years, and having seen how it can happen than in professional races tires can be punctured, I wonder why are puncture-...
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Waiver for medication during race?

During the 2017 Tdf, Tim Wellens abandoned during stage 15 due to bad allergies and not being able to breathe. The commentators said that his team would not "give him a waiver" to take allergy meds. ...
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Attacking during a race when your competitor has a mechanical failure?

This question was spurred by the incident that happened during the 9th stage of the 2017 TdF when Fabio Aru attacked Chris Froome right as he experienced a mechanical problem with his bike. The ...
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Mechanic and top rider's bike on right side of team car - why?

During the 2017 TdF one of the commentators said the that a teams GC contender or their best rider always has their spare bike carried on the right side of the team car, on the roof, above the team ...
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Where can I find the complete Tour de France routes?

I fear this may not be fully on topic as I'm looking for some map data. I would like to get the routes for all the stages of Tour de France for a particular year, ideally on Google Maps/Earth. Here's ...
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What is this device on all the Tour de France riders' bikes?

What is the device behind the saddle on all the riders' bikes in the 2015 tour? I'm seeing it on almost every bike. It looks standardized and electronic.
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Why can't Yellow Jersey change hands on last day of Tour De France?

I've often read / seen on TV that the race is won by the end of the penultimate day. For example, this article in the Guardian describes this year's (2011) eventual winner as the champion elect in an ...