[ too r-duh-frans, -frahns; French toor-duh-frahns ]
/ ˌtʊər dəˈfræns, -ˈfrɑns; French tur dəˈfrɑ̃s /
a bicycle touring race, held over a period of 21 days: it covers about 2500 miles (4000 km) in France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland.
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Origin of Tour-de-France
< French: tour of France
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