With the start of the tour comes a huge amount of excitement and anticipation. Many of the riders taking part have raced a lot already this season, but as always the Tour is the big one, and it's the one that really counts.
Fresh from the National Champs
The Tour always starts just one week after the National Road Race Championships have taken place. This means that many riders aren’t in their usual kit, but instead are riding out in their National Champs jerseys, making it even harder to work out who is who in the bunch.
Arnaud Demare (riding for for Francais De Jeux) is one of the major names to look out for in this year’s Tour. He’s certain to feature in many of the bunch sprints throughout the three weeks of competition. Fabio Aru (riding for Team Astana) is also in good form, coming into the tour off the back of a strong performance in the Criterium De Dauphine. And definitely watch out for our very own Steve Cummings. With a record ITT and Road Race double title under his belt, he’ll be proudly riding in the British Champs jersey. He’s certain to feature in breakaways and will likely take a British stage win. In between the breaks, look out for Steve sitting in the back of the bunch – his customary position when not challenging up the front.