With just over a week to go until the biggest event on the cycling calendar, the Tour de France, we thought it would be a good idea to give you some details
The tour starts in Normandy on the 2nd of July, with the Grand Depart starting from picturesque Mont St Michel. Riders will then progress to the Norman beaches on which the allies landed during the liberation of France, before eventually heading south.
This year’s tour doesn’t include the cobbles of the previous two, which may disappoint some, but the legendary Mont Ventoux is returning to the tour.
Despite being the first tour for two years to start in France, this year’s route takes riders outside of France on three occasions. First to Andorra, and then briefly to Spain, before visiting Switzerland for stages 16 and 17.
Chris Froome- who won the 2013 and 2015 editions- will be attempting to be the first rider to successfully defend a Tour de France title since 1995, supported by the Welsh riders Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe. From the look of the route, he has a decent chance.
We’ll find out who wins when the riders head down the Champs-Élysées on the 24th of July, and can watch the action on ITV.
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