The Tour de France Mysteries Solved

Welcome to the Tour FAQ—find out how the riders go to the bathroom, what all those cycling terms actually mean, what Lance hopes to do after the race, what kind of bikes you can buy to live out your own Tour aspirations, and more...

Lance Armstrong and George Hincapie, along with the Discovery Channel, blast through the team time trial, setting a Tour record.     Photo: Beth Schneider

Tour de France 2005

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How do they go to the bathroom? Why do they shave their legs? How can I become a podium girl? Answers to these and other pressing questions... [read]

Peleton, Broom Wagon, Feed Zone… What do all these words mean? [read]

Why do those TV announcers get so excited? [read]

What does this year's route look like? [view]

What kind of tactics are employed? [read]

How do they attack on the mountain stages? [read]

Who are the Tour's toughest riders this year? [read]

What are the defining moments in Tour history? [read]

What's Lance going to do after he retires? [read]

After Lance, who's the next U.S. great cycling hope? [read]

Before Lance, who were the repeat racers par excellence in le Tour? [read]

What kind of Tour-worthy bikes are available for us mere mortals? [read]

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