No Peeing, Please, and Other Tour Rules

Bicyclists in Tour de France are bound by etiquette
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2010 2:09 PM CDT
Stage winner Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, left, and overall leader Alberto Contador of Spain hug after they cross the finish line of the 17th stage.   (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)

(Newser) – The Tour de France isn't all yellow shirts and glory. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at some of the rules—informal and otherwise—that guide the bicyclists.

  • Don't grab first place if the current leader is having mechanical trouble. (Alberto Contador broke this informal no-no in the current race and quickly apologized.)
  • Don't pee in front of fans. (Riders sometimes stop in groups at a secluded spot or discreetly let loose while riding.)

  • Don't ride behind team cars to gain a drafting advantage.
  • Only the yellow-clad leader can organize a "mass action" by fellow riders in the V-shaped peloton. (Contador recently ordered riders to finish at a slow pace to protest track conditions.)
  • On the grueling mountain days, share your water, even with riders on other teams.
  • The last day is prank day: Tall riders, swap bikes with short guys!
(Read more Tour de France stories.)

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