Tour de France names four wildcard teams. Here's what to expect from Cofidis, Direct Energie, Wanty – Groupe Gobert, and Fortuneo
Showcasing everything from high mountain stages in the Alps and Pyrénées to high-speed sprint finishes like the final day on the Champs-Élysées, the Tour de France is the season’s biggest race.
The Tour has been held annually in July since 1903, when it was first organized by Henri Desgrange, a charismatic editor at French newspaper L’Auto. Though the race was not run during the two World Wars, it remains the “Grande Boucle,” the oldest, most prestigious of the three-week grand tours.
In addition to individual wins in the Tour’s 21 stages, riders vie for three coveted jerseys: yellow for the overall winner on time, green for the best rider in the points classification (ordinarily a sprinter), and polka-dot for the best climber, who collects the most points on the route’s biggest ascents. Prizes are also awarded for the best overall team, based on cumulative time, and the most aggressive rider, which is decided by a race jury.
Four riders have won the Tour overall a record five times each: France’s Jacques Anquetil, Belgian Eddy Merckx, Frenchman Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain of Spain. Although American Lance Armstrong finished first in seven Tours, he was stripped of those yellow jerseys after confessing to doping.
Nairo Quintana will attempt to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France this year, a rare feat only seven riders have accomplished.
This year's Tour kicks off July 1 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The Colombian and his Movistar team believe the feat is a realistic undertaking for the two-time grand tour winner.
Kübler was the oldest living Tour winner before his death Thursday, which came after he contracted a severe cold.
Vuelta winner Nairo Quintana set to vie for a second Giro d'Italia crown and his first Tour de France title next year.
Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) is sure, at 34, he is "still able to win" the Tour de France, which he won twice in 2007
Ag2r—La Mondiale believes that Bardet has a realistic chance of becoming the first Frenchman since Bernard Hinault to win the yellow
Five-time Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins has to clear up question marks remaining over why he was granted TUEs, Chris Froome says.
On this week's show we discuss cycling's latest kerfuffle: the ongoing debate about roster sizes. Plus, we analyze the latest crazy bike