The most important stage-based cycling race in the world takes place every year during the first three weeks of July. The Tour de France has offered us hours of naps in front of our TV but also some of the most exciting moments in the history of cycling. Apart from doping stories, we've seen demonstrations of class on behalf of riders of the likes of Eddy Merckx, Miguel Induráin, Lance Armstrong or Marco Pantani.
Thanks to the French race we've learned about mountains such as Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Hautacam, Tourmalet, Madeleine o Mont Ventoux, and we've always become familiar with French geography. The 2017 edition has started in Düsseldorf and, as always, will finish in Paris, on the Champs-Élysées. In between, we'll be able to enjoy flat stages, time trials and the always entertaining Alps and the Pyrenees.
The official Tour de France game
And as couldn't be otherwise, it has also got its official Android game, Tour de France 2017, and that in APK format turns us into the manager of one of the teams participating in the race. This isn't a cycling simulation game but rather a sports strategy game in which we'll direct a team as if we were Johan Bruyneel. Our task will be to build a competitive team of riders and choose the appropriate strategies to lead the standings.
But not only will you take part in Le Tour de France. This is definitely the most important one of them all, but you can also take part in other interesting competitions, such the Vuelta España, Giro de Italia, Paris-Nice, Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Tour of California... all the classics on the international cycling calendar and that will depend on how good you are directing your team.
Become the director of a cycling team.
So, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your riders, examine the routes of each stage and develop a winning strategy. Your decisions will lead you to success or failure.
The game works just like a sports card game, similarly to other football titles we've seen in the past, in which you'll have to choose your team depending on your capacity. As you manage to win races and earn popularity, you'll be able to sign the best riders... although you can also pay for them by means of in-app purchases. You've also got the possibility to build a team with your friends and compete against others. What are you waiting for to wear the yellow jersey?