Tour of SpainThe Tour if Spain is one of the three major cycling competitions held in Western Europe every year. The Grand Tours of Europe include, apart from the Tour of Spain, the Tour of Italy and the Tour of France. The Tour of Spain is a three week stage race in road bicycle racing and it is part of the Union Cycliste International World Ranking calendar. This race is one of the road cycling races that attracts cyclists from all over the world, and enthusiasts from all the corners of Spain and Western Europe. The stages take place on a day long basis and the winner of the race is the rider whose combined finish times are the lowest. The cyclist with the lowest time at the end of each day receives a Red Jersey and becomes one of the favorites to win the overall tour.
Wearing the jersey is common in these competitions in which the winner is determined based on his aggregate time during every stage. For the Tour of France, the jersey is yellow and for that of the Tour of Italy it is pink. The jersey in the Tour of Spain used to be orange when this practice started in 1935. In 1941 it became white and a year later it was orange again and remained like this until 1945 when its color was changed again in white with a red stripe. However, in 2010 the jersey’s color was changed to red as the one of the jersey used in the Tour of France.
Tour of Spain is certainly one of the most popular road cycling races in Western Europe and all over the world. This race attracts highly skilled professionals whose job is to use different road cycling tactics to defeat their opponents. The race also enjoys wide media coverage.