Introducing the Tour de France to the uninitiated can be a tough ask. Cycling, on the surface, is simple; first over the line wins. But beyond the seemingly obvious, the subtlety of the sport is lost among odd customs and finer technical points of detail that can’t be easily consumed by the first time viewer, and more often than not, turn people off.
The Tour de France... stunning scenery, captivating racing, and super-human efforts... It's compelling viewing once you know what's going on. (Getty Images/AFP)