Andrew Hood and Dane Cash have the rundown on the crazy lead-up to the season's big race, as well as its chaotic first stage.

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Coming to you from the Tour de France, Andrew Hood and Dane Cash have the rundown on the crazy lead-up to the season’s big race, as well as its chaotic first stage.

The guys talk to UCI president David Lappartient, Chris Froome’s key Sky teammate Geraint Thomas, and American Tejay van Garderen.

This episode is sponsored by Trek, which just unveiled the ultimate race bike. The new Madone combines the comfort of Trek’s IsoSpeed technology with super-sleek aerodynamics and WorldTour-level handling and stiffness. In fact, you’ll see Trek-Segafredo’s riders aboard these superbikes throughout the Tour.

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