The Tour de France is a risky competition but unlike some other 'sports' such as horse racing, the 'racers' are choosing to put themselves in risky situations. The speed, the exhaustion, the crashes, are no shock to any participant as they have practised the sports all year round. The risk involved is part of the attraction to the sport which is world renowned for it's high adrenaline and intensity
The Tour de France is a risky competition. Without proper care and safety measures bikers and bystanders can get injured because of the fast speeds they ride and and the steep hills. This does not mean that the risks are too high, or that the races should be stopped, it just means people should be careful.
The popular biking competition called the Tour de France has made headlines for many things, such as the doping scandal that premier biker Lance Armstrong was involved in. However, not enough attention has been paid to the risks that bikers in the competition undertake, such as grueling uphill climbs and dehydration.
The Tour de France is certainly risky and dangerous for some riders. The high profile rider abandons after crashes do capture public attention, and can create a sense that things may be getting worse. For better or worse, the inherent dangers of the Tour have become part of its legend, and have elevated some riders in the eyes of fans (consider for example the accolades received by Australian Michael Matthews in riding through his current injuries, or the similar public reaction to Johnny Hoogerland after his crash through barbed-wire in the 2011 Tour).