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Tour de France 2020 - team classification

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Team classification Tour de France 2020

The most prestigious multi-stage cycling race is the Tour de France, which involves different race classifications likely to show its singularity and complexity.

The team classification is one of them and organized to give a prize to the best team in the event of the Tour de France. It has started its rewarding journey since 1930, and over the years, the calculation has been improved. However, this event does not award any colored jersey, but at the finishing of the preceding stage, the numbers on the team leaders' jersey for the highest results in the general classification are against a yellow background rather than white.

There are usually 20 to 22 teams with their riders. All the stages are designed with time limitation to the finish; the times of the riders are united by the times of their previous stage. The rider with the lowest consolidated finishing times is the race leader and wears the yellow jersey.

Although the general classification draws the most interest, there are other competitions contested throughout the Tour. These competitions are the points classification for sprinters, the young rider classification for riders below the age of 26, the mountains classification for climbers, and the team classification based on each stage's first three finishers. Obtaining a stage win often carries prestige, and usually performed by a sprint professional in a team or a rider taking part in a breakaway.

With the most recent calculation, the team classification is calculated by adding the times of each team's three best riders per stage, while all types of time bonuses and penalties are avoided. In a team time trial, the team is given the time limitation for that team's fifth rider to cross the finish, or the last rider if the team is left with fewer than five. If a team has fewer than three remaining riders it would be excluded from this classification.

Team classification is actually regarded as less important where the general classification is considered the most significant contest for individuals. And it is nearly rare for a team to begin the Tour with the central goal of winning the team classification. If a team is in a good position to win the team classification during the course of the race, the team may change the way to win.

Team classification is more critical at some point when it qualifies a team for the Tour. So, a good accomplishment in the team will help a team to be qualified for the next Tour de France. Since a system was formed in 2010, to decide which teams classify as UCI ProTeams, and this system included the team classification in the Tour de France.

The most recent winner of this team classification is the Movistar Team, which won this contest in the 83rd event of the 2019 Tour de France. Movistar Team is a professional bicycle racing team that takes part at UCI WorldTeam level and has already won 13 general classifications on Grand Tours. The title is sponsored by the Spanish mobile telephone company Telefónica, with the team operating under the company's brand name Movistar.