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7 Exciting Facts About the Tour de France, and Where to Stream the Race

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Lasting nearly three weeks and involving several hundred competitors, the Tour de France is one of the biggest sporting events across the globe — and in the world of cycling, it’s definitely the biggest. This much-anticipated annual race faced some setbacks during the COVID-19 pandemic, and while the world hasn’t returned to normal yet, devoted cycling fans (and those of us who simply love edge-of-our-seats competition) are eager for the big return slated for this summer.

In honor of the Tour de France’s grand 2021 re-entry to the sporting universe on Saturday, June 26, we’re taking a look at some fun facts that’ll get your anticipation building even more. Plus, you’ll discover where and how you can watch every minute of the race from the comfort of home — no cleats or helmet necessary.

Thousands of People Are Involved

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You might already know that a bevy of bicyclists participate in the race — 198 riders spread across 22 different teams compete each year. But the number of people involved in ensuring the race goes off without a hitch is much higher than the number of athletes participating. Organizers take logistics to the next level with team staff members, members of the race jury, thousands of security professionals and members of the media. If you include the spectators in that count, the numbers — pre-pandemic, at least — can run into the millions . From city to city along the race route, hundreds upon hundreds of people follow the action throughout the course of the event. And organizers and support staff keep things running smoothly to the finish line.

The Race Has a Surprising Connection to a Newspaper

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The first Tour de France wasn’t held because a bunch of bicycling fans got together and thought it’d be a great idea to start a competition — at least not totally. It was actually a promotional event hosted with the intention of bringing more publicity to L’Auto , a French newspaper that focused on reporting details about different sporting events. Although L’Auto  has since closed down, the parent company of its replacement,  L’Equipe , continues to organize the Tour de France today. 

It’s Not Just Big, but Also Long

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And it’s long in multiple ways, too. The race itself takes place over the course of nearly a month, with 21 different day-long segments making up the bulk of the competition. The length of the course is also extensive, however; it’s typically over 2,000 miles long and can pass through multiple neighboring countries. It wasn’t even always this short, either — in 1926, the course encompassed a winding 3,570 miles and took a full month for riders to finish.

Different Jerseys Mean Different Things

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As you watch the race, you’ll notice cyclists wearing the bright kits and bibs that represent their teams — but you’ll also spot some even more unique colors and designs among the pack. One of these is a yellow jersey, called the “maillot jaune,” that’s bestowed upon the racer who had the lowest cumulative ride time for the day. Other special jerseys include the green “maillot vert,” which is awarded to the rider with the most points, and the “maillot a pois” — a red and white polka-dotted jersey given to the cyclist who earns the most points during the areas of the course that have steep inclines to climb. The rider who wears the maillot a pois is affectionately known as “the king of the mountain.”

There Was Almost Only One Tour de France

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The first Tour de France took place in 1903 – and that was almost the one and only iteration of the race. That’s because newspaper editor Henri Desgrange, who helped organize the initial tour, was so aghast at the conduct not only of the fans but also of the competitors in the 1903 race that he wanted to discontinue it despite its clear appeal. Boisterous crowds turned violent, with spectators assaulting racers as they passed along the course. The riders themselves found numerous ways to cheat, disqualifying themselves in the process. But the Tour de France was so lauded — and it increased circulation of L’Auto  so extensively — that the organizers had no choice but to continue hosting the event.

The Race Has Its Own Language

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Bonking, anyone? As you’re watching the Tour de France, you might hear commentators use some curious turns of phrase — and many of them will be unique to the race itself. Boost your bicycling know-how by learning what these terms mean before catching one of the race segments:

  • Bonking: Cyclists don’t want to “bonk” during this race; it means they’ve run out of energy and are too wiped to continue.
  • Peloton: No, it’s not the fancy exercise bike you bought during the pandemic. In Tour de France context, a peloton is the main group of riders where most of the participants are cycling together.
  • Sag Wagon: If someone bonks, they may need the assistance of the sag wagon. This is a car that follows the pack of cyclists and picks up those who become too fatigued or injured to keep riding.
  • Musket Bag: While it may sound like something you’d find at a Civil War battleground, a musket bag is sort of like a bagged lunch — but it’s packed with energy gels, water, sandwiches and other fuel for the cyclists. It’s also called a “musette” or, sometimes, a “bonk bag.”
  • Lanterne Rouge: In French, this term means “red light,” and it refers to the cyclist who’s in the very last place in the race. Being in this position gets riders ample attention, and those who know they won’t win sometimes compete for this distinction instead.

You Can Watch the Action at Home — Here’s How

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Now that the race has returned to regularly scheduled programming in 2021 following its 2020 pandemic postponement, you might be eager to catch the three-week racing saga unfold from the comfort of home. Fortunately, you have the convenient option to stream the tour live on both NBC Sports and NBC’s Peacock streaming service.

The race coverage on Peacock is only available through Peacock Premium, a paid tier of the service that costs $4.99 — a worthwhile investment if you’re a serious cycling fan who can’t wait to watch this Grand Tour. NBC Sports is accessible if you’re already paying for regular cable, but without that subscription you won’t be able to stream the program online or watch it on TV unless you spring for Peacock. 

Keep in mind that, if you’re not already a Peacock subscriber, you’ll receive a free weeklong trial to better help you determine if the service is right for you. You can use that to catch up on the race and decide if you want to make the month-long (or longer) investment.


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  • 14 ERVITI Imanol
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  • 21 ARU Fabio
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  • 26 LUTSENKO Alexey *
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  • 31 CONTADOR Alberto (DNF #9)
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  • 33 BODNAR Maciej
  • 34 GATTO Oscar
  • 35 KIŠERLOVSKI Robert
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  • 41 BARDET Romain
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  • 47 GOUGEARD Alexis *
  • 48 POZZOVIVO Domenico
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  • 52 BENNETT George
  • 53 GROENEWEGEN Dylan *
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  • 55 MARTENS Paul
  • 56 ROOSEN Timo *
  • 57 VANMARCKE Sep
  • 58 WAGNER Robert
  • 59 WYNANTS Maarten

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  • 61 MOLLEMA Bauke
  • 62 CANCELLARA Fabian (DNS #18)
  • 63 IRIZAR Markel
  • 64 RAST Grégory
  • 65 SCHLECK Fränk
  • 66 STETINA Peter
  • 67 STUYVEN Jasper *
  • 68 THEUNS Edward * (DNF #13)
  • 69 ZUBELDIA Haimar

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  • 71 FRANK Mathias (DNF #14)
  • 72 CLEMENT Stef
  • 73 COPPEL Jérôme
  • 74 ELMIGER Martin
  • 75 ENGER Sondre Holst *
  • 77 HOWARD Leigh
  • 78 NAESEN Oliver
  • 79 PANTANO Jarlinson

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  • 81 ROLLAND Pierre
  • 82 BRESCHEL Matti (DNF #14)
  • 83 CRADDOCK Lawson *
  • 84 HOWES Alex
  • 85 KOREN Kristijan
  • 86 LANGEVELD Sebastian (DNF #10)
  • 87 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramūnas
  • 88 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte
  • 89 VAN BAARLE Dylan *

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  • 91 PORTE Richie
  • 92 BOOKWALTER Brent
  • 93 BURGHARDT Marcus
  • 94 CARUSO Damiano
  • 95 DENNIS Rohan (DNS #17)
  • 96 MOINARD Amaël
  • 97 SCHÄR Michael
  • 98 VAN AVERMAET Greg
  • 99 VAN GARDEREN Tejay

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  • 101 CAVENDISH Mark (DNS #17)
  • 102 BERHANE Natnael *
  • 103 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
  • 104 CUMMINGS Steve
  • 105 EISEL Bernhard
  • 106 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
  • 107 PAUWELS Serge
  • 108 RENSHAW Mark (DNF #9)
  • 109 TEKLEHAIMANOT Daniel

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  • 111 BARGUIL Warren *
  • 112 CURVERS Roy
  • 113 DEGENKOLB John
  • 114 DUMOULIN Tom (DNF #19)
  • 115 GESCHKE Simon
  • 116 PREIDLER Georg
  • 117 SINKELDAM Ramon
  • 118 TEN DAM Laurens
  • 119 TIMMER Albert

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  • 121 PINOT Thibaut (DNS #13)
  • 122 BONNET William
  • 123 LADAGNOUS Matthieu (DNF #9)
  • 124 MORABITO Steve
  • 125 PINEAU Cédric (DNF #9)
  • 126 REICHENBACH Sébastien
  • 127 ROUX Anthony
  • 128 ROY Jérémy
  • 129 VICHOT Arthur

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  • 131 BUCHMANN Emanuel *
  • 132 ARCHBOLD Shane (DNS #18)
  • 133 BÁRTA Jan
  • 134 BENEDETTI Cesare
  • 135 BENNETT Sam
  • 136 HUZARSKI Bartosz
  • 137 KONRAD Patrick *
  • 138 SCHILLINGER Andreas
  • 139 VOß Paul

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  • 141 RODRÍGUEZ Joaquim
  • 142 GUARNIERI Jacopo
  • 143 HALLER Marco *
  • 144 KRISTOFF Alexander
  • 145 LOSADA Alberto
  • 146 MØRKØV Michael (DNF #8)
  • 147 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen (DNS #12)
  • 148 VICIOSO Ángel
  • 149 ZAKARIN Ilnur

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  • 151 COSTA Rui
  • 152 ARASHIRO Yukiya
  • 153 BONO Matteo
  • 154 CIMOLAI Davide
  • 155 ĐURASEK Kristijan
  • 156 GRMAY Tsgabu *
  • 157 MEINTJES Louis *
  • 158 PIBERNIK Luka *
  • 159 POLANC Jan *

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  • 161 GREIPEL André
  • 162 BAK Lars Ytting
  • 163 DE GENDT Thomas
  • 164 DEBUSSCHERE Jens (DNS #15)
  • 165 GALLOPIN Tony
  • 166 HANSEN Adam
  • 167 HENDERSON Gregory
  • 168 ROELANDTS Jürgen
  • 169 SIEBERG Marcel

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  • 171 COQUARD Bryan *
  • 172 CHAVANEL Sylvain
  • 173 DUCHESNE Antoine *
  • 174 GÈNE Yohann
  • 175 JEANDESBOZ Fabrice
  • 176 PETIT Adrien
  • 177 SICARD Romain
  • 178 TULIK Angélo (DNF #12)
  • 179 VOECKLER Thomas

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  • 181 KITTEL Marcel
  • 182 ALAPHILIPPE Julian *
  • 183 KEISSE Iljo
  • 184 MARTIN Dan
  • 185 MARTIN Tony (DNF #21)
  • 186 RICHEZE Maximiliano
  • 187 SABATINI Fabio
  • 188 VAKOČ Petr *
  • 189 VERMOTE Julien

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  • 191 NAVARRO Daniel (DNF #19)
  • 192 BOŽIČ Borut (DNF #17)
  • 193 COUSIN Jérôme
  • 194 EDET Nicolas
  • 195 JEANNESSON Arnold
  • 196 LAPORTE Christophe *
  • 197 LEMOINE Cyril
  • 198 MATÉ Luis Ángel
  • 199 SOUPE Geoffrey

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  • 201 GERRANS Simon (DNS #13)
  • 202 ALBASINI Michael
  • 203 DURBRIDGE Luke *
  • 204 HAYMAN Mathew
  • 205 IMPEY Daryl
  • 206 JUUL-JENSEN Christopher
  • 207 MATTHEWS Michael
  • 208 PLAZA Rubén
  • 209 YATES Adam *

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  • 211 SEPÚLVEDA Eduardo *
  • 212 BREEN Vegard
  • 213 DELAPLACE Anthony
  • 214 FEILLU Brice
  • 215 FONSECA Armindo
  • 216 MCLAY Daniel *
  • 217 PÉRICHON Pierre-Luc
  • 218 SØRENSEN Chris Anker
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Tour de France 2016

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The Tour de France hub page is packed with news, 21 stage previews, analysis, photos, and rider interviews ahead of the 2016 edition of the race.

With expert opinions from the Cyclingnews team and pundits including Robert Millar, you're complete coverage for the 2016 Tour de France starts here.

Tour de France stage 21 -

Chris Froome sealed a third career Tour de France victory and a fourth for Team Sky as the Briton safely negotiated the final stage into Paris. The Briton enjoyed a relaxed start to the 21st stage, sharing beers then champagne with his teammates before the peloton arrived on the Champs-Élysées and the sprint teams took over.

For the second year running, it was Andre Greipel taking the stage win as the German fastman made it stages for Lotto-Soudal. Mechanicals saw Marcel Kittel and Bryan Coquard miss the sprint with world champion Peter Sagan and Alexander Kristoff challenging Greipel for the win but ultimately coming up short.

Tour de France stage 20 highlights video

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Tour de France 2016 route

The 2016 Tour de France will be the 103rd edition of the oldest Grand Tour on the calendar. After a start in Utrecht in 2015, the race will return to home shores for the opening stages, setting off from the foot of Mont-Saint-Michel in the Manche department. The race last visited the picturesque area for the individual time trial in 2013, which was won by Tony Martin.

The full race route was announced on October 20 in Paris , with organiser ASO revealing an innovative but mountainous route that visits the Pyrenees, Mont Ventoux and the Alps. The race will not remain entirely in France, with three days to be spent in the Principality of Andorra  and a visit to Berne in Switzerland - the home town of Fabian Cancellara. Chris Froome (Team Sky) is the defending Tour de France champion. Froome won the race in 2013 but crashed out in 2014.

In 2016 Tour de France there will be just 54km of time trials, divided between a twisting 37km between Bourg-Saint-Andéol and La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc on stage 13 and then a hilly, almost mountain time trial on stage 18 between Sallanches and Megève in the Alps. The race will, of course, finish with the traditional stage through the streets of Paris.

The 2016 Tour de France starts on Saturday July 2 an ends on Sunday July 24. There will be two rest days in Andorra and Berne. 

Tour de France 2016 contenders

A number of big names have already signalled their intention to ride the race in 2016. Defending champion Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) will return to try and take his third Tour de France title. Alberto Contador ( Tinkoff ) is hoping to end his illustrious career on a high with victory , while Nairo Quintana ( Movistar ) and Fabio Aru ( Astana ) are targeting their first wins in the race.

The French Tour de France challenge will come from Romain Bardet (AG2R) and Thibault Pinot (FDJ). Both riders won stages in 2015, while Pinot won the white jersey and finished third overall in the 2014 Tour de France.

Other riders hoping to contend in the overall battle at the 2016 Tour de France include Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing) and Robert Gesink (Team LottoNL-Jumbo).

Tour de France 2016 stages

• Stage 1: Mont Saint-Michel - Utah Beach - 188km

• Stage 2: Saint-Lo - Cherbourg-Octeville - 182km 

• Stage 3: Granville - Angers - 222km

• Stage 4: Saumur - Limoges - 232km

• Stage 5: Limoges - Le Lioran - 216km 

• Stage 6: July Arpajon-sur-Cère - Montauban - 187km

• Stage 7: L'Isle-Jourdain - Lac de Payolle - 162km

• Stage 8: Pau - Bagnères-de-Luchon - 183km

• Stage 9: Vielha Val d'Aran - Andorra-Arcalis -184km

• Rest Day: Andorra

• Stage 10: Escaldes-Engordany - Revel 198km

• Stage 11: Carcassonne - Montpellier -164km 

• Stage 12: Montpellier - Mont Ventoux - 185km 

• Stage 13: Bourg-Saint-Andéol - La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc - 37km - Individual time trial 

• Stage 14: Montélimar - Villars-les-Dombes - Parc des Oiseaux - 208km

• Stage 15: July Bourg-en-Bresse - Culoz -159km 

• Stage 16: 18 July Moirans-en-Montagne - Bern - 206km 

• Rest Day 2: Bern

• Stage 17: Bern - Finhaut Émosson -184km 

• Stage 18: Sallanches - Megève - 17 km - Individual time trial

• Stage 19: Albertville - Saint-Gervais-les-Bains -146km 

• Stage 20: Megève - Morzine - 146km

• Stage 21: Chantilly - Paris - 113km

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Chris Froome [video below] talks about what it would mean to win the Tour de France in 2016 and how he plans on defending his title from 2015. Froome has won the Tour de France twice and in 2016 is also targeting the Olympic Games, where he could compete in both the road race and the time trial for Great Britain. He won a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games behind his then teammate Bradley Wiggins.

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Tour de France 2015 overview

In 2015 Chris Froome won his second Tour de France after triumphing in 2013. In 2015 he was dominant almost throughout the race while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was his closest challenger, finishing second overall at 1:12. The Colombian’s teammate Alejandro Valverde finished third overall while the 2014 Tour de France champion, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) could only manage fourth overall. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) finished fifth after winning the Giro d’Italia in May.

Froome moved into the yellow jersey on stage 10 when he won at La Pierre-Saint-Martin and never looked back. Despite a late rally from Quintana and illness in the third week, Froome hung on for victory.

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Tour de France 2016: full team-by-team guide

Introducing this year’s teams: the leaders, the heritage and the names to watch out for

AG2R La Mondiale (France; UCI team ranking 11)

The home nation’s oldest pro team, not quite a relic like Johnny Hallyday but in an age when sponsors come and go there’s a certain charm to this squad. Once they were destined to chase stage wins and days out in the attacks but for the past couple of years they’ve got involved in the GC battles too. They hide until the mountains come and then we’ll see the 80s graphics and brown shorts to the fore.

Founded 1992 Bicycles Focus Manager Vincent Lavenu

Tours de France 22 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 16

Green jerseys 0 Kings of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 16

Name means An amalgamation of two different financial firms: AG2R and La Mondiale.

Tour heritage The oldest French team, whose refusal to ditch their hideous shorts in the face of relentless public scorn is heroic.

Team leader: Romain Bardet (Fr): Likes to animate the race and no doubt that’s what we’ll get: a stage win or perhaps the climbers’ jersey is a minimum requirement, if not for personal reasons but also to keep rival Thibaut Pinot’s ego in check.

Romain Bardet

Astana Pro Team (Kazakhstan; UCI team ranking 5)

The azure blue assassins that everyone loves to hate thanks to the manager Alexander Vinokourov’s tactics and past. They’ve proved they know how to win Grand Tours but outside Italy they are as popular as mould on your favourite cheese and they hardly care either: there’s a whiff of foreign legion meets whatever it takes about the whole setup. Being kinder, they do stick to their plan A and their chosen leader come what may, which shows some compassion, and when they take control it’s impressive. They still eat horses though.

Founded 2007 Bicycles Specialised Team manager Alexander Vinokourov

Tours de France 15 Tour wins 2 (Contador 2009; Nibali 2014) Stage victories 9

Green jerseys 0 Kings of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 32

Name means The capital of the country, Kazakhstan, from which the team hails, although it is named after a coalition of state-owned companies.

Tour heritage Successful but constantly shrouded by accusations of skulduggery. They’ve had doping scandals and won two Tours and been stripped of another.

Team leader: Fabio Aru (It): May have won the 2015 Vuelta but still lacks a bit of strength to take it to the level of Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana. One thing is certain – he will go down attacking.

Fabio Aru

BMC (United States; UCI team ranking 6)

Promises, promises and proof that money isn’t everything. They have some of the best riders, bikes and kit but one element is missing: winning. As with the big four in the Premier League, you expect more and when they fall apart at crunch times you’re left wondering why. The arrival of Richie Porte from lieutenant duties at Sky bolsters options for the mountains, along with Tejay van Garderen.

Founded 2007 Bicycles BMC Team manager Jim Ochowicz

Tours de France 6 Tour wins 1 Stage victories 4

Green jerseys 0 Kings of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 4

Name means An acronym of Bicycle Manufacturing Company, a Swiss firm.

Tour heritage Nicknamed “Big Money Company” by others envious of their wealth, BMC’s finest hour was Cadel Evans’ victory in 2011.

Team leader: Tejay van Garderen (US): The likable American appears likely to start team leader but Porte is captain and can take over if he falters, and with both initially being supported equally by the team, who really is No1?

Tejay van Garderen

Bora–Argon 18 (Germany; UCI team ranking N/A – wildcard)

The well presented pro-continental German team start only their fifth Grand Tour so there’s not masses of experience but they compensate with enthusiasm. Their goal is the development of young talent over time. There are some riders you may vaguely have heard of such as Sam Bennett and Paul Voss but everyone is relatively unknown, such as Emanuel Buchmann who was third on last year’s Tour queen stage to Cauterets.

Founded 2010 Bicycles Argon 18 Team manager Ralph Denk

Tours de France 1 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 0

Green jerseys 0 Kings of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 0

Name means Bora are the go-to guys for all your kitchen cooking surface and extractor needs, while Argon 18 make bikes in Canada.

Tour heritage Finished 20th of 22 teams in their only Tour so far, with Jan Barta finishing 25th on general classification.

Team leader: Sam Bennett (Ire). Emanuel Buchmann can climb but Bennett will be the main hope for results when it’s a messy sprint.

Sam Bennett

Cannondale (United States; UCI team ranking 16)

Have they lost their way? Once among the most innovative, friendly and fashionable teams, they seem to be missing their mojo and won’t be lamenting the absence of what used to be their raison d’etre, the team time trial, because nowadays they’re awful at it. Big sprinter? Nope. Great climber? Nope. Guy who can spring from the break? Nope. Dan Martin has moved on so your guess is as good as mine as to what happens next. Maybe Jonathan Vaughters will bring back argyle colours and all will be good again.

Founded 2003 Bicycles Cannondale Team manager Jonathan Vaughters

Tours de France 11 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 3

Green jerseys 3 (Sagan 2012, 2013, 2014) Kings of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 0

Name means From a manufacturer that claims to make cycling’s “most kick-ass, cutting-edge frames”.

Tour heritage They’ve won four successive green jerseys since 2012 courtesy of Peter Sagan , who has now left for pastures new.

Pierre Rolland

Team leader: Pierre Rolland (Fr): Boasts three top-10 finishes in the last five years and his diesel-like qualities should mean he benefits from the back-loaded route.

Cofidis Solutions Crédits (France; UCI team ranking N/A – wildcard)

Once upon a time the boys in red were at the top level but that was oh so long ago. Years of consistent inconsistency from management and riders see them now operating at a more modest pace. That’s not to say they’ll go unnoticed because in their midst sits one Nacer Bouhanni, who brings an aggression and controversy to the art of sprinting rarely seen in these days of PR and media control.

Founded 1997 Bicycles Orbea Team manager Yvon Sanquer

Tours de France 19 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 10

Green jerseys 0 Kings of the Mountains 1 (Rinero 1998) Days in yellow 4

Name means Does exactly what it says on the tin: loaning money to help provide solutions to credit issues.

Tour heritage Considering this is their 19th consecutive Tour de France , they should probably have achieved an awful lot more.

Team leader: It was due to be the sprinter Nacer Bouhanni (Fr) until he injured his hand in a late-night altercation with a fellow hotel guest last weekend and was subsequently ruled out. “A catastrophe,” said the team manager Yvon Sanquer.

Nacer Bouhanni

Dimension Data (South Africa; UCI team ranking N/A – wildcard)

A giant step up for the Qhubeka organisation. Last year they enjoyed success with Daniel Teklehaimanot and Steve Cummings but with the arrival of World Tour status and the Mark Cavendish show, the budget is bigger and the expectations and pressures are much higher. This time around the African climbers will have to survive on their own, as the emphasis will be on ensuring the Manxman has the best chance of adding to his 26 stage wins. High standards have been set and if he wins only once the speculators will be telling us it’s all over and all he cares about is getting an Olympic medal before he’s too old. He won’t finish this Tour but don’t think he’s on holiday.

Founded 2007 Bicycles Trek Bicycle Corporation Team manager Brian Smith

Tours de France 1 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 1

Name means A global company specialising in Information Technology services. The word “solutions” features prominently on their website.

Tour heritage The first African registered team to contest the Tour won their first ever stage on Mandela Day last summer.

Team leader: Mark Cavendish (GB): Dismiss him at your peril: the 31-year-old didn’t get to be the greatest Tour sprinter by listening to your opinions or anyone else’s.

Mark Cavendish

Direct Énergie (France; UCI team ranking N/A –wildcard)

The Tommy Voeckler club changes colours but otherwise it’s the same charming face-making and gurning. Winning the Tour de Yorkshire shows the old timer still knows how to race but any Grand Tour pretensions have faded away. He’ll lose an hour then have a single do or die escape and if the others aren’t careful he will mug them; whatever happens the home public will love him. The other riders are guaranteed to be in every break on every terrain and go down fighting so there’s a bit of an energetic theme here.

Founded 2000 Bicycles BH Team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau

Tours de France 16 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 9

Green jerseys 0 Kings of the Mountains 2 (Charteau 2010, Voeckler 2012) Days in yellow 23

Name means Best known for their previous incarnation as Europcar, Direct Énergie are French providers of electricity and natural gas.

Tour heritage Have enjoyed more than three weeks in yellow combined and is the long-time home of cult hero and former king of the mountains Thomas Voeckler.

Team leader: Thomas Voeckler (Fr): Voeckler is still top but in the young sprinter Bryan Coquard the replacement for Tommy’s face‑pulling has already been found. Enjoy the show.

Thomas Voeckler climbs in the French Alps during the first stage of the 2016 Dauphine Criterium.

Etixx-Quick-Step (Belgium; UCI team ranking No4)

The best lead-out train in the business bar none promises to put Marcel Kittel in the hot seat for the first yellow jersey of the Tour. No pressure, then, but they are used to it, especially after a winless Classics campaign that will have had Patrick Lefevere spitting feathers like never before. Swearing in Flemish has a poetry all of its own and it’ll be extra blue if they don’t top and tail the race. Anything else between Utah Beach and the Champs Élysées will be a bonus.

Founded 2003 Bicycles Specialised Team manager Patrick Lefevere

Tours de France 13 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 27

Green jerseys 1 (Boonen 2007) Kings of the Mountains 2 (Virenque 2003, 2004) Days in yellow 10

Name means The artists formerly known as Omega Pharma-Quick Step are now sponsored by a sports nutrition company and a laminate flooring manufacturer.

Tour heritage Have won polka dot and green, and more recently worn yellow while Mark Cavendish helped add to their tally of stage wins.

Team leader: Marcel Kittel (Ger): The sprinter of the moment. Big, strong, chiselled, and that’s just his hair. He may struggle to get over a railway bridge but what goes up must come down and he does that impressively fast.

Marcel Kittel

FDJ (France; UCI team ranking 15)

Place your bets as to which step of the podium is team leader Thibaut Pinot’s final position. Any one of them will have the manager, Marc Madiot, apopletically happy and an adoring public posting offers of marriage and much much more. There might even be a YouTube video or two of grown men crying on to strings of onions. Unashamedly French and proud of it, FDJ were in the doldrums for far too long but it’s their time for some limelight and although there’ll be hiccups and tantrums they’ll enjoy every moment.

Founded 1997 Bicycles Lapierre Team manager Marc Madiot

Green jerseys 1 (Cooke 2003) Kings of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 3

Name means Française des Jeux translates as “French Games”; one of several Tour teams sponsored by a national lottery.

Tour heritage Almost certainly a source of home disappointment, with only one stage win in their past three Tours.

Team leader: Thibaut Pinot (Fr): Pinot has modelled himself on the Bradley Wiggins formula: hard work, steady progression and a swarthy beard. D’Artagnan in lycra.

Thibaut Pinot

Fortuneo–Vital Concept (France; UCI team ranking N/A – wildcard)

The Tour might not be going into Brittany but tradition demands some kind of French cycling heartland participation, hence the inclusion of Fortuneo-Vital Concept. I was going to be cruel but there isn’t much point: we know they are in the race because Tour organiser ASO looks after the home scene just as the men who run the Giro and Vuelta do. There’s no shame involved. The team is there to animate the less challenging days, no more no less. If they win enough prize money to pay for the after-Tour party they’ll be happy.

Founded 2005 Bicycles Look Team manager Emmanuel Hubert

Tours de France 2 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 0

Name means A team famously proud of their Brittany roots are sponsored by a bank and a local agricultural goods firm.

Tour heritage Received wildcard entries to the past two Tours under the Bretagne-Séché banner and have been invited to participate again this year.

Team leader: Pierrick Fédrigo (Fr): Well, it might be Fédrigo or Anthony Delaplace or it might just be done alphabetically. Come on, give them a break. They’ve got three weeks of suffering ahead.

Pierrick Fedrigo

Giant-Alpecin (Germany; UCI team ranking 10)

It’s been a torrid year for the German team, with several of them wiped out by an errant driver pre-season and since then they’ve been playing catch-up. It’s not easy coming back from serious injury but one thing it does do is give renewed focus and an appreciation for what you are doing. Mentally fresh, physically rehabilitated, they may well be the surprise that no one expected. Warren Barguil is typical of the new generation of hopeful Frenchmen: always willing to upset the apple cart in the mountains, he rode through last year’s Tour with a broken bone in his leg. If Tom Dumoulin starts then they will definitely influence the race.

Founded 2005 Bicycles Giant Team manager Iwan Spekenbrink

Tours de France 5 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 9

Green jerseys 0 Kings of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 2

Name means Giant manufactures bicycles in Taiwan, while Alpecin deals in shampoo and hair care.

Tour heritage Their nine stage wins and two days in yellow are largely down to the efforts of the thunder-thighed sprinter Marcel Kittel.

Team leader: John Degenkolb (Ger): Unable to defend his Paris-Roubaix title, the German team sprinter Degenkolb and his moustache will be back. OK Arnie is Austrian, but it’s close enough.

John Degenkolb

IAM (Switzerland; UCI team ranking 17)

Think Switzerland, reliability, watches, trains on time and a solid currency. None of that is exciting unless you’re an accountant and so it’s no surprise the IAM cycling project – now in its last few months – hasn’t exactly been spectacular. You can’t fault the presentation and they have some solid riders but it’s all a bit boring and bland.

Founded 2013 Bicycles Scott Sports Team manager Michel Thétaz

Name means From IAM Independent Asset Management SA, a Swiss investment company, hence the slightly more catchy team name.

Tour heritage Cynics might say their founder membership of the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible accounts for their lack of success in the race.

Team leader: Jérôme Coppel (Fr): He might once have been touted as a possible next big thing for French cycling but you get the feeling he didn’t get the memo himself.

Jérôme Coppel

Katusha (Russia; UCI team ranking 2)

No workers’ revolution here, it’s all very traditional and ordered. The sprinters do the sprinting, the climbers do the climbing and everyone else does as they are told. When the designated top men don’t quite meet expectations, that means getting in the breaks and grinding down their compatriots du jour . It all looks solid and worthy until Purito Rodríguez fails to scale the highest mountains and Kittel and Cavendish look back to see where Alexander Kristoff ended up in the sprint. After which the morning team meeting becomes more colourful and unknown Russians save the day.

Founded 2009 Bicycles Canyon Team manager Viatcheslav Ekimov

Tours de France 7 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 6

Name means Diminutive of the Russian name Ekatarina, the English equivalent would be Team Katie or Kathy.

Tour heritage Two stage wins in their first four Tours was a poor return, but they’ve trebled that since.

Team leader: Alexander Kristoff (Nor): Big, strong and fast but not always as consistently big, strong or fast as his peers. Like a Steven Seagal film, not quite the full entertainment package.

Alexander Kristoff

Lampre-Merida (Italy; UCI team ranking 12)

Every year I wonder why this Italian squad turn up for the Tour with no clear ambitions. They rarely bother to bring their best riders so the sprint stages pass by and the GC has registered little but disappointment. However, they always win a stage and go away happy leaving the pundits with egg on faces. I see no reason why that won’t continue, although with the arrival of Louis Meintjes their focus will change to realistically being involved in the fight for the white jersey of best young rider.

Founded 1991 Bicycles Merida Team manager Giuseppe Saronni

Tours de France 18 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 13

Green jerseys 2 (Abdoujaparov 1993; Petacchi 2010) Kings of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 2

Name means Lampre is an Italian manufacturer of prefinished steel sheet materials, no less, while Merida makes bicycles in Taiwan.

Tour heritage They tend to focus on the Giro, but they’re good for a stage win per Tour far more often than not.

Team leader: Louis Meintjes (SA): He has the talent but needs care and attention otherwise finds himself out of position; he can’t afford to do that here so his Italian minders might have more work than usual.

Louis Meintjes

Lotto NL - Jumbo (Netherlands; UCI team ranking 14)

No it’s not sausages, it’s a supermarket chain, though if it was meat filled sub-mucosa I’m sure that the jersey would be hilarious. The Dutch enjoy their racing and though the team budget isn’t up there with Sky or Movistar they do what they can with mainly homegrown young talent, as they showed so well in the Giro with Steven Kruiswijk . Sep Vanmarcke can be expected to shine on the flatter, windier stages and the burly Moreno Hofland is their option for the sprints.

Founded 1984 Bicycles Bianchi Team manager Richard Plugge

Tours de France 32 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 22

Green jerseys 1 (Freire 2008) Kings of the Mountains 2 (Rasmussen 2005, 2006) Days in yellow 10

Name means The latest incarnation of the old Dutch Rabobank team, now sponsored by the national lottery and a supermarket chain.

Tour heritage Far from the only team in the race to be blighted by a murky past, their successes have largely dried up.

Team leader: Wilco Kelderman (Neth): Most of the hopes lie with the 25-year‑old: a decent climber and a decent time‑triallist, he’s not the kind of rider to give any kind of leeway in the GC battle.

Wilco Kelderman

Lotto Soudal (Belgium; UCI team ranking 9)

The other best lead‑out team in the business, a squad that somehow manage to be less intimidating and less controversial than their big Belgian rivals Etixx. Belgian cycling fans in cafes all over the land couldn’t be happier with this situation as they can choose their side, even though the guys doing the winning aren’t Belgian at all. The difference at Lotto is that they also have some say in how the overall battle shapes up, with Tony Gallopin seeing and participating in a few of the fights. He’s not Belgian either by the way, he’s French.

Founded 1985 Bicycles Ridley Team manager Cees Pille

Tours de France 29 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 31

Green jerseys 3 (McEwen 2002, 2004, 2006) Kings of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 8

Name means The Belgian national lottery backs this team, while Soudal is an adhesives manufacturer.

Tour heritage Impressive. They average more than one stage win per Tour, with three green jerseys and over a week in yellow to their name.

Team leader: André Greipel (Ger): Does the sprint business for Lotto: thighs like tree trunks and yet the 34-year‑old is a thoroughly nice chap. You won’t hear both those things said about many sprinters.

Andre Greipel

Movistar (Spain; UCI team ranking 1)

The Iberian version of Sky are beautifully presented, organised and packed with talented riders. More than capable of taking the race by the scruff of the neck and scaring everyone with a tactical awareness that rarely goes awry. They come to this Tour not as challengers but equals and maybe even favourites given the lack of time-trialling. The early arrival of the mountain stages means the climbers they have will be fresher than usual. Expect Pyrenean fireworks.

Founded 1980 Bicycles Canyon Team manager Eusebio Unzué

Tours de France 34 Tour wins 7 (Delgado 1988; Indurain 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995; Pereiro 2006) Stage victories 30

Green jerseys 0 Kings of the Mountains 1 (Quintana 2013) Days in yellow 73

Name means A Spanish mobile phone, landline, broadband and TV operator.

Tour heritage Seven times winners under various guises, they have more recently had to rely on the occasional stage win and one polka-dot jersey.

Team leader: Nairo Quintana (Col): A more complete Quintana, 26, comes to this Tour on the rise, a little bit stronger, a little bit wiser and with the full confidence of his team behind him. He’s worked on his weakness, time-trialling, even though it has less influence here but he’s kept his climbing talent intact and that makes him very hard to beat.

Nairo Quintana

Orica-BikeExchange (Australia; UCI team ranking 8)

The cheerful Aussies are almost guaranteed to be a prominent feature of the first half of any Grand Tour. With no overall favourite to protect they’ll throw themselves into sneaking a stage win or taking the race lead and then make a music video in celebration. Yes, that’s right: they sing too. The Brit Adam Yates, 23, could well challenge for the white jersey but that depends on how he’s coping with the absence of brother Simon.

Founded 2011 Bicycles Scott Team manager Shayne Bannan

Tours de France 4 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 2 Green jerseys 0

Kings of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 4

Name means A nod to the team’s eco-credentials, which are pretty much literally “undermined” by the involvement of Orica, an explosives firm.

Tour heritage A popular team of funsters who have yet to win a stage but have taken control of the yellow jersey for four days.

Team leader: Michael Matthews (Aus): Don’t be surprised if the team fast man, 25-year-old “Bling” Matthews, adds to his race leaders jersey collection by mugging the pure sprinters and nabbing the silverware. Cue celebrations in Rainforest bars across the land.

Michael Matthews

Sky (Great Britain; UCI team ranking 3)

Three out of four Tours isn’t bad but you just know that Dave Brailsford’s organisation will do everything possible to make it four from five. Who wins matters less than the result, so if it’s Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas or Mikel Landa in yellow then so be it, although the ruthlessness of the defending champion will quickly influence any choice. The relative lack of time trialling may favour the more pure climbers such as Quintana but you just know Sky will have studied, planned and executed an appropriate response. As always the others can expect a brutal encounter with the black and blue train on the first mountain stage.

Founded 2009 Bicycles Pinarello Team manager Dave Brailsford

Tours de France 6 Tour wins 3 (Wiggins 2012, Froome 2013, 2015) Stage victories 12

Green jerseys 0 Kings of the Mountains 1 (Froome 2015) Days in yellow 48

Name means Regarded by some as bully-boys who’ll do anything to get their own way … much like the company that backs them.

Tour heritage Began with the aim of winning one Tour within five years and have since won three in six.

Team leader: Chris Froome (GB): Has been more discreet than usual this year – less racing, fewer wins – but don’t be fooled. The inner hunger that all Tour champions have is still there. The fact that this edition of the Tour will be won by attacking and not defending won’t worry the 30-year-old in the slightest.

Chris Froome

Tinkoff (Russia; UCI team ranking 7)

Last chance for the owner Oleg Tinkov to voice his opinions on why cycling and the TdF will miss him. Or is it? Now that Peter Sagan is meeting the expectations of his salary, maybe our favourite crazy Russian will stay another year or two and if Alberto Contador returns to the dizzy heights he enjoyed before then the rest‑day press conference may be a pleasant surprise. One thing is for sure, Sagan will be in green again come Paris and Oleg will be telling us all why he knows best.

Founded 1998 Bicycles Specialised Team manager Stefano Feltrin

Tours de France 15 Tour wins 2 (Sastre 2008, Schleck 2010) Stage victories 23

Green jerseys 1 (Sagan 2015) Kings of the Mountains 3 (Jalabert 2001, 2002; Majka 2014) Days in yellow 36

Name means Formerly known as Saxo-Tinkoff, their financial backing is now exclusively provided by a Russian bank.

Tour heritage Owned by the Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov with the specific aim of becoming the greatest team in the world. They’re getting there.

Team leader: Alberto Contador (Sp): At 33, Contador’s climbing may not have the day-after-day efficiency that it once had but it’s still joyous and if the others show a single moment of weakness he’ll dance off into the distance.

Alberto Contador

Trek - Segafredo (United States; UCI team ranking 13)

The height of cool. Subtle branding, slick presentation and the one and only Fabian Cancellara. They may not quite be enjoying the success they once had but they look good and demand respect. If BMC has too many chiefs, Trek has too many Indians and it’s difficult to see any involvement in the GC decisions. Bauke Mollema tries but always looks in trouble, so if someone such as Julián Arredondo or Niccolò Bonifazio pick up a stage win then they’re saved.

Founded 2011 Bicycles Trek Team manager Luca Guercilena

Tours de France 5 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 3

Green jerseys 0 Kings of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 10

Name means US bicycle maker meets Italian coffee purveyors to take over team formerly known as Radioshack-Nissan.

Tour heritage Have never really revisited the glory days of 2011, when Frank and Andy Schleck finished second and third.

Team leader: Fabian Cancellara (Swi): What we all want to see is Cancellara winning stage 16 in his home town of Berne. That would be class.

Fabian Cancellara

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Tour de France 2016: Stage times, schedule, standings, results and more

Chris Froome will try to defend his yellow jersey across one of the tougher Tour de France routes in years. Here's how and when to watch.

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The 2016 Tour de France was  one of the hardest and most competitive editions of the race in years . This year’s Grand Boucle featured 56 categorized climbs, including the treacherous and iconic Mont Ventoux and Col du Tourmalet. Chris Froome defnded his yellow jersey against cycling’s next generation of riders — including Nairo Quintana, Adam Yates, Daniel Martin and Fabio Aru.

The Tour began at picturesque Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy and worked its way down to the Pyrenees, over to the Alps, and back up for the traditional finish on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 24.

Quintana was expected to give the stiffest challenge to Froome’s hegemony. The diminutive Colombian had finished No. 2 to Froome twice at the Tour de France. He took an innocuous third place, however, finishing lower on the podium than France's Romain Bardet.

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Map of the route for the 2016 Tour de France.

The Tour de France will be in Normandy for Stages 1 and 2 before moving south. On July 6, the Tour will be firmly in the mountains with a quick trip to the Massif Central before moving on to the Pyrenees beginning July 8 on Stage 7. Riders will be introduced to the Alps on Bastille Day with arguably the hardest climb of the Tour: Mont Ventoux. From there, they’ll squirrel the Alps, with a visit to Switzerland, before finishing up in Paris on July 24.

General Classification Top 10 (Yellow Jersey)

1. Chris Froome - 89h 04'48"

2. Romain Bardet + 4'05"

3. Nairo Quintana + 4'21"

4. Adam Yates + 4'42"

5. Richie Porte + 5'17"

6. Alejandro Valverde + 6'16"

7. Joaquim Rodriguez + 6'58"

8. Louis Meintjes + 6'58"

9. Daniel Martin + 7'04"

10. Roman Kreuziger + 7'11"

Points Classification Top 5 (Green Jersey)

1. Peter Sagan - 425 points

2. Marcel Kittel - 228 points

3. Michael Matthews - 199 points

4. Andre Greipel - 178 points

5. Alexander Kristoff - 172 points

Mountains Classification Top 5 (Polka Dot Jersey)

1. Rafal Majka - 209 points

2. Thomas de Gendt - 130 points

3. Jarlinson Pantano - 121 points

4. Ilnur Zakarin - 84 points

5. Rui Costa - 76 points

Check out Podium Cafe’s viewing guide for a look at every stage of the Tour de France, and Podium Cafe’s mountain guide for a preview of the biggest climbs.

July 2: Stage 1 -- Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, 188 km

Stage type: Flat

Official profile

Stage results:  Mark Cavendish outdueled the favored Marcel Kittel in a heads-up sprint to Utah Beach. Contador took a nasty spill midway through the stage but was able to finish with the peloton.  Full recap .

1. Mark Cavendish

2. Marcel Kittel

3. Peter Sagan

4. Andre Greipel

5. Edward Theuns

6. Christophe Laporte

7. Bryan Coquard

8. Alexander Kristoff

9. Daniel McLay

10. 6 riders + 3"

July 3: Stage 2 -- Saint-Lô to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, 183 km

Stage type: Hilly

Stage results: Cavendish lost a lot of time and gave way to Peter Sagan, who outsprinted Julian Alaphilippe down the stretch. Sagan took control of the yellow jersey for the first time in his career as another Etixx-QuickStep competitor gave up a lead late.  Full recap .

1. Peter Sagan

2. Julian Alaphilippe

3. Alejandro Valverde

4. Daniel Martin

5. Michael Matthews

6. Wilco Kelderman

7. Tony Gallopin

8. Greg Van Avermaet

9. Bauke Mollema

10. Christopher Froome

July 4: Stage 3 -- Granville to Angers, 223.5 km

Stage results: A straightforward, drama free day until the finish, when Mark Cavendish barely edged Andre Greipel at the line to win in Angers.

2. Andre Greipel

3. Bryan Coquard

4. Peter Sagan

6. Sondre Holst Enger

7. Marcel Kittel

8. Christophe Laporte

10. Dylan Groenewegen

July 5: Stage 4 — Saumur to Limoges, 237.5 km

Stage results: Several riders had a chance at the lead in the final kilometer, but the finish was as close as possible with Marcel Kittel edging Bryan Coquard by an extremely narrow margin, mirroring the razor close finish from Monday.

1. Marcel Kittel

2. Bryan Coquard

4. Dylan Groenewegen

5. Alexander Kristoff

6. Sondre Holstenger

7. Daniel McLay

8. Mark Cavendish

9. Samuel Dumoulin

10. Simon Gerrans

July 6: Stage 5 — Limoges to Le Lioran, 216 km

Stage type: Hilly/Mountain

Stage results: Greg Van Avermaet soloed away from Thomas de Gendt in the final 17 kilometers of a surprisingly tough climbing day to take the yellow jersey from Peter Sagan and lead a Grand Tour for the first time in his long career.  Full recap .

1. Greg Van Avermaet

2. Thomas de Gendt + 2'34"

3. Rafal Majka + 5'04"

4. Joaquim Rodriquez + 5'04"

5. Daniel Martin + 5'07"

6. Bartosz Huzarski + 5'07"

7. Julian Alaphilippe + 5'07"

8. Adam Yates + 5'07"

9. Chris Froome + 5'07"

10. Tejay Van Garderen + 5'07"

July 7: Stage 6 — Arpajon-sur-Cère to Montauban, 190.5 km

Stage results: Mark Cavendish earned his second stage win of the 2016 Tour de France with a clever sprint past Marcel Kittel. There were no big shakeups on the general classification. More importantly, the Tour made it to Stage 7 without any abandonments.

1. Mark Cavendish - 4h 43'48"

3. Daniel McLay

4. Alexander Kristoff

5. Christophe Laporte

6. Peter Sagan

7. Dylan Groenewegen

8. Edward Theuns

9. Bryan Coquard

10. Shane Archbold

Pyrenees start

July 8: Stage 7 -- L'Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle, 162.5 km

Stage type: Mountain

Stage results: Stephen Cummings soloed the entire Col d'Aspin to win his second stage ever at the Tour de France and secure the fourth win for Dimension Data in seven tries. Late in the race, the 1-kilometer to go banner deflated, affecting the peloton and injuring Orica-BikeExchange's Adam Yates.  Full recap .

1. Stephen Cummings - 3h 51'58"

2. Daryl Impey + 1'05"

3. Daniel Navarro + 1'05"

4. Vincenzo Nibali + 2'14"

5. Greg Van Avermaet + 3'04"

6. Luis Angel Mate + 4'29"

7. Geraint Thomas + 4'29"

8. Wouter Poels + 4'29"

9. Gorka Izaguirre + 4'29"

10. Alejandro Valverde + 4'29"

July 9: Stage 8 — Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon, 184 km

Stage results: Chris Froome attacked on the descent of the final climb, and won the first decisive stage of the Tour de France to put himself in the yellow jersey.  Full recap .

1. Chris Froome - 4h 57'33"

2. Dan Martin + 13"

3. Joaquim Rodriguez + 13"

4. Romain Bardet + 13"

5. Rom Kreuziger + 13"

6. Fabio Aru + 13"

7. Adam Yates + 13"

8. Alejandro Valverde + 13"

9. Bauke Mollema + 13"

10. Richie Porte + 13"

July 10: Stage 9 — Vielha Val d'Aran / Andorre Arcalis, 184.5 km

Stage results: Tom Dumoulin soloed away to win the first mountain top finish of the 2016 Tour de France, and win his first ever Tour stage as rain and hail pounded the road. Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey, but couldn't pull away when he attempted an attack, setting up a tight, protracted general classification battle.  Full recap .

1. Tom Dumoulin - 5h 16'24"

2. Rui Costa + 38"

3. Rafal Majka + 38"

4. Daniel Navarro + 1'39"

5. Winner Anacona + 1'57"

6. Thibaut Pinot + 2'30"

7. George Bennett + 2'48"

8. Diego Rosa + 2'52"

9. Mathias Frank + 3'44"

10. Adam Yates + 6'35"

July 11: Rest Day — Andorra

July 12: Stage 10 — Escaldes-Engordany to Revel, 197 km

Stage results: Michael Matthews won a quiet stage, out-sprinting Peter Sagan after both took part in a six-man breakaway. Sagan took the green jersey back from Mark Cavendish, nonetheless. There was little change at the top of the general classification (Chris Froome still in yellow), nor at the top of the mountains classification despite a Category 1 climb to start the day (Thibaut Pinot still in polka dots).

1. Michael Matthews - 4h 22'38"

2. Peter Sagan

3. Edvald Boasson Hagen

4. Greg Van Avermaet

5. Samuel Dumoulin

6. Daryl Impey + 2"

7. Luke Durbridge + 1'10"

8. Damiano Caruso + 3'01"

9. Gorka Izagirre + 3'10"

10. Tony Gallopin + 3'10"

July 13: Stage 11 -- Carcassonne to Montpellier, 162.5 km

Stage results: Peter Sagan won a tense day of racing through crosswinds. Perhaps more importantly, he had Chris Froome right on his wheel. The defending Tour champion made another clever move to finish second and solidify his grasp on the yellow jersey even more.  Full recap .

1. Peter Sagan - 3h 26'23"

2. Chris Froome

3. Maciej Bodnar

4. Alexander Kristoff + 6"

5. Christophe Laporte + 6"

6. Jasper Stuyven + 6"

7. Edvald Boasson Hagen + 6"

8. Andre Greipel + 6"

9. Sondre Enger + 6"

10. Oliver Naesen + 6"

July 14: Stage 12 — Montpellier to Mont Ventoux, 184 km

Stage results: A crash at the end of the stage took out Chris Froome,  who began running up Mont Ventoux trying to preserve any time he could. He lost the yellow jersey provisionally,  but organizers ruled he could keep it because his fall was very much not his fault.  Full recap .

1. Thomas de Gendt - 4h 31'51"

2. Serge Pauwels + 2"

3. Daniel Navarro + 14"

4. Stef Clement + 40"

5. Sylvain Chavanel + 40"

6. Bert-Jan Lindeman + 2'52"

7. Daniel Teklehaimanot + 3'13"

8. Sep Vanmarcke + 3'26"

9. Chris Sorensen + 4'23"

10. Bauke Mollema + 5'05"

July 15: Stage 13 — Bourg-Saint-Andéol to La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, 37.5 km

Stage type: Flat time trial

Stage results: Tom Dumoulin won his second stage of the Tour de France with a dominant time trial. Chris Froome likely won himself the Tour de France by finishing second.  Full recap .

1. Tom Dumoulin - 50'15"

2. Chris Froome + 1'03"

3. Nelson Oliveira + 1'31"

4. Jerome Coppel + 1'35"

5. Rohan Dennis + 1'41"

6. Bauke Mollema + 1'54"

7. Geraint Thomas + 2'00"

8. Jon Izagirre + 2'02"

9. Tony Martin + 2'05"

10. Steve Cummings + 2'24"

July 16: Stage 14 — Montélimar to Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux, 208.5 km

Stage results: Mark Cavendish led the pack of sprinters as they came through the final 3 km of the stage. The win is Cavendish's fourth of the Tour. With about 200 meters to go, Marcel Kittel jumped into the lead on the sprint, but Cavendish trailed right behind and passed on the left before swerving to the right. Kittel, clearly agitated, threw his hand in the air as Cavendish slid into first and took the win.

1. Mark Cavendish - 5h 43'49"

2. Alexander Kristoff

4. John Degenkolb

5. Marcel Kittel

6. Andre Greipel

8. Davide Cimolai

9. Christophe Laporte

10. Samuel Dumoulin

July 17: Stage 15 — Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz, 160 km

Stage results: Jarlinson Pantano won his first career stage, catching Rafal Majka on a technical descent down from the Lacets du Colombier on the first big climbing stage of the Alps. The GC battle was a stalemate, though the difficulty of the stage appeared to take a toll on the riders.  Full recap .

1. Jarlinson Pantano - 4h 24'29"

2. Rafal Majka

3. Alexis Vuillermoz + 6"

4. Sebastien Reichenback + 6"

5. Julian Alaphilippe + 22"

6. Serge Pauwels + 25"

7. Pierre Rolland + 25"

8. Ilnur Zakarin + 1'30"

9. Daniel Navarro + 1'30"

10. Tom-Jelte Slagter + 2'08"

July 18: Stage 16 — Moirans-en-Montagne to Bern, 209 km

Stage results: Peter Sagan beat Alexander Kristoff in a photo finish in Bern, Switzerland. For most of the day, Etixx-Quick Step teammates Julian Alaphilippe and Tony Martin were at the front of the pack, but the high-powered breakaway couldn't quite hold out.  Full recap .

1. Peter Sagan - 4h 26'02"

2. Alexander Kristoff

3. Sondre Holst Enger

6. Fabian Cancellara

7. Sep Vanmarcke

8. Maximiliano Richeze

9. Edvald Boasson Hagen

10. Greg Van Avermaet

July 19: Rest Day — Bern

July 20: Stage 17 — Bern to Finhaut-Emosson, 184.5 km

Stage results: Ilnur Zakarin won his first career Tour stage on one of the hardest days of this year's race. Chris Froome strengthened his hold on the yellow jersey by following the wheel of former teammate Richie Porte up to Finhaut-Emosson. Nairo Quintana got dropped, losing nearly 30 seconds to the man he was supposed to challenge for the yellow jersey.  Full recap .

1. Ilnur Zakarin - 4h 36'33"

2. Jarlinson Pantano + 55"

3. Rafal Majka + 1'26"

4. Kristjian Durasek + 1'32"

5. Brice Feillu + 2'33"

6. Thomas Voeckler + 2'46"

7. Domenico Pozzovivo + 2'50"

8. Stef Clement + 2'57"

9. Steve Morabito + 4'38"

10. Richie Porte + 7'59"

July 21: Stage 18 — Sallanches to Megève, 17 km

Stage type: Hilly time trial

Stage results: Chris Froome all but sealed up the yellow jersey, winning Thursday's mountain time trial by 21 seconds over Tom Dumoulin.  Full recap .

1. Chris Froome - 30'43"

2. Tom Dumoulin + 21"

3. Fabio Aru + 33"

4. Richie Porte + 33"

5. Romain Bardet + 44"

6. Thomas de Gendt + 1'02"

7. Jon Izagirre + 1'03"

8. Joaquim Rodriguez + 1'05"

9. Louis Meintjes + 1'08"

10. Jerome Coppel + 1'10"

July 22: Stage 19 — Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, 146 km

Stage results: Romain Bardet soloed away up the final climb to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc to win the first stage for France at the 2016 Tour. Chris Froome was scraped up in a crash from the summit of Montee de Bisanne, but survived relatively intact after taking Geraint Thomas' bike.  Full recap .

1. Romain Bardet - 4h 14'08"

2. Joaquim Rodriguez + 23"

3. Alejandro Valverde + 23"

4. Louis Meintjes + 23"

5. Nairo Quintana + 26"

6. Fabio Aru + 28"

7. Daniel Martin + 28"

8. Wout Poels + 36"

9. Chris Froome + 36"

10. Richie Porte + 53"

July 23: Stage 20 — Megève to Morzine-Avoriaz, 146.5 km

Stage results: Jon Izagirre won from the breakaway to seal the general classification portion of the 2016 Tour de France. Chris Froome rode cautiously to finish in yellow, giving him his third Tour title in four tries.  Full recap .

1. Jon Izagirre - 4h 06'45"

2. Jarlinson Pantano + 19"

3. Vincenzo Nibali + 42"

4. Julian Alaphilippe + 49"

5. Rui Costa + 1'43"

6. Roman Kreuziger + 1'44"

7. Wilco Kelderman + 49"

8. Joaquim Rodriguez + 3'24"

9. Daniel Martin + 4'12"

10. Romain Bardet + 4'12"

July 24: Stage 21 — Chantilly to Paris Champs-Élysées, 113 km

Stage results: Andre Greipel got his first stage win of the 2016 Tour de France, at last. Chris Froome sipped champagne and celebrated his third yellow jersey with his Sky teammates.  Full recap .

1. Andre Greipel - 2h 43'08"

2. Peter Sagan + 0"

3. Alexander Kristoff + 0"

4. Edvald Boasson Hagen + 0"

5. Michael Matthews + 0"

6. Jasper Stuyven + 0"

7. Ramunas Navardauskas + 0"

8. Christophe Laporte + 0"

9. Sam Bennett + 0"

10. Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg + 0"

How to watch

The Tour de France will once again air primarily on NBCSN in the United States, with select stages possibly appearing on NBC as well. Broadcasts typically pick racing up roughly two hours into each stage.

Those who don’t get NBCSN can order a subscription to NBC Sports Gold for $30. The package includes ad-free streaming of each stage.

The Winners of the 2016 Tour de France

In a stellar performance, Team Sky's Chris Froome finished Stage 21 as the winner of the 2016 Tour de France

Chris Froome.

Last updated July 24 at 4:21 PM

Stage 8-21: Chris Froome

Chris Froome in Stage 17.

Team Sky’s Chris Froome took the third Tour de France victory of his career July 24th—an achievement that ties him with Belgium’s Philippe Thys, France’s Louison Bobet, and the United States’s Greg LeMond for second place on the list of the Tour’s winningest champions. With two more Tour wins, Froome would join France’s Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Belgium’s Eddy Merckx, and Spain’s Miguel Indurain on the Mount Rushmore of Tour de France champions.

RELATED: How Froome Became the Tour's Fourth Three-Time Winner

How Many Tours Can He Win? For Froome, it appears that the Sky’s the limit: as long as he races for Team Sky (a team which has now won four of the last five Tours de France), there’s no reason to expect anyone else will defeat him in the near future. Froome recently extended his contract with the British super-team, so the Kenyan-born Briton will ride for the squad for two more seasons, and thus has a great opportunity to tie the all-time record of five Tour de France victories (barring any bad luck).

Should Froome and Sky decide to extend their relationship even further, there’s little reason to doubt Froome’s chances of becoming the winningest rider in Tour de France history. He’ll be 33 years old at that point—not young for a Tour de France contender, but not over the hill, either.

RELATED: Why Chris Froome is the Tour's Most Surprising Rider

Who Will Be His Biggest Competition Next Year? Since Froome became a contender, only two have gotten in his way at the Tour de France: his teammate, Bradley Wiggins , in 2012, and crashes in 2014. Otherwise, Froome’s had little trouble dispatching his rivals to win the world’s biggest bike race.

That doesn’t mean men like Nairo Quintana, Romain Bardet, Richie Porte, and Alberto Contador won’t stop trying. But next year’s odds are already starting to fall in Froome’s favor; information about the route of the 2017 Tour de France (which won’t be officially released until October) is already starting to leak. We know that the race will begin in Dusseldorf, Germany, but from there, it’s rumored to travel through Belgium and Luxembourg before tackling the first summit finish of the race on la Planche des Belles Filles.

If that’s true, Froome and Team Sky will be tickled: the Briton won a stage atop the climb in 2012, the year Bradley Wiggins won Sky its first Tour, and Froome announced himself as a future Tour champion. If the rumors prove true, mark that stage as the day Chris Froome begins to put a stranglehold on yet another Tour de France.

Who Were the Tour's Other Winners? The yellow jersey isn’t the only jersey awarded in the Tour de France, and Stage 20 also put the finishing touches on the Tour’s other jersey competitions. Tinkoff’s Peter Sagan locked up his fifth green jersey as the winner of the Tour’s Points Classification a long time ago, while his teammate Rafal Majka won his second polka dot jersey as the Tour’s King of the Mountains. Lastly, Orica-BikeExchange’s Adam Yates held onto his lead in the Tour’s Best Young Rider competition, meaning the Briton took the white jersey on the final podium.

Stage 5-7: Greg Van Avermaet

Greg Van Avermaet in Stage 5.

They say that the best defense is a good offense, and that’s just what BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet did today. In an attempt to defend the yellow jersey he’s worn since winning Stage 5, the Belgian went on the attack midway through Stage 7, along with 28 other riders hoping to win the first Pyrenean stage of the 2016 Tour de France . Van Avermaet didn’t win the stage, but he added more time to his lead. Thanks to his aggressive riding, the yellow jersey is his for another day.

RELATED: How Van Avermaet Crushed Stage 5

How Long Can He Stay in the Yellow? Stage 8 has four tough climbs on tap for the riders, including the Col du Tourmalet, the first Hors Categorie or “Beyond Category” ascent of this year's Tour. Van Avermaet’s efforts today will certainly affect him tomorrow, but he has more than a six-minute lead over the Tour’s second-place rider. Tour history is filled with stories of riders who have worn the yellow jersey days longer than anyone expected them to. Van Avermaet could be writing another one.

Who's Really Winning the Tour? It’s still too soon to say who’s really winning the Tour, but it looks as if another pre-race contender has lost it. FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot , considered by many to be a podium threat, was distanced on the Col d’Aspin today, and lost several minutes to the rest of the Tour’s overall contenders. While two weeks of the Tour remain, the Frenchman’s hopes of a top-three finish are probably over.

Stages 3-4: It's Still Sagan's Race

Cav stage 3.

Tinkoff’s Peter Sagan stills leads the Tour, and thanks the four-second time bonus that came with his third-place finish on Stage 4, he extended his lead to 12 seconds over Etixx—Quick-Step’s Julian Alaphilippe and 14 seconds over Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde.

RELATED: Kittel Wins Stage 4

How Long Can He Stay in the Yellow? Tomorrow’s stage is the hardest of the Tour so far, with a cluster of Category 2 and 3 ascents clustered in the final 45km of the stage. Sagan will need to have one of the best days of his career in order defend the jersey against the likes of Alaphilippe and Valverde, two riders whose past performances make them top contenders for tomorrow’s stage.

That said, Sagan has surprised us before. Remember the climb of Mt. Baldy in last year’s Amgen Tour of California ? Sagan had a jersey to defend that day too—and he rose to the challenge. Coincidentally, his biggest challenger that day was also Alaphilippe. Can history repeat itself tomorrow? Tune-in and see.

Who’s Really Winning the Tour It’s still too soon to say, but tomorrow’s stage could give the Tour’s overall contenders—men like Team Sky’s Chris Froome and Movistar’s Nairo Quintana—their first opportunity to test one another before the race hits the Pyrenees on Friday.

Stage 2: Tinkoff’s Peter Sagan Takes the Lead

Peter Sagan.

Peter Sagan is now in the lead in this year's Tour, following his Stage 2 victory in Cherbourg. The World Champion was patient on the final climb of the Côte de la Glacerie and the final ramp to the finish line, letting other riders attack while saving his sprint at the last possible moment.

RELATED: The Must-Watch Stages of This Year's Tour

The stage win was his first since the 2013 Tour de France, and the yellow jersey that came with it is the first of his career. He also holds the green jersey as the leader of the Tour’s Points Competition, but won’t be wearing as long as he holds yellow.

How long can he stay in yellow? Quite a while, actually. The next two stages are expected to end in field sprints. Even if pure sprinters like Dimension Data’s Mark Cavendish, Etixx—Quick-Step’s Marcel Kittel, and Lotto-Soudal’s Andre Greipel earn time bonuses via stage victories, they lost too much time at the end of Stage 2 to make much of a dent in Sagan’s lead. As for GC riders like Team Sky’s Chris Froome and Movistar’s Nairo Quintana, they’re waiting for the Pyrenees before starting their real battle for the yellow jersey.

Sagan’s greatest threat might be Quintana’s Movistar teammate, Alejandro Valverde. Wednesday’s Stage 5 is quite hilly, and Valverde has the skills to drop Sagan on the steep climbs late in the stage. Etixx—Quick-Step’s Julian Alaphilippe (second to Sagan on Stage 2) bears watching as well.

Who’s Losing the Tour? It’s too soon to say who’s really winning the Tour, but two riders already appear to have lost it (or at least, they haven’t done themselves any favors). Tinkoff’s Alberto Contador crashed hard during Stage 1, then fell again midway through Stage 2. The battered rider lost a minute to his rivals at the end of the stage, and has started the Tour in the worst way possible.

RELATED: Contador's Spectacular Stage 1 Crash

Another pre-race contender, BMC’s Richie Porte, lost 1:45 today thanks to a flat tire late in the stage. There are still three weeks before Paris, but these two riders have a lot of ground to make-up to get there in yellow.

Stage 1 Goes to Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish.

Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish scored his 27th Tour de France stage victory today at Utah Beach. But in doing so, he also won something he's never actually won before: the yellow jersey as the overall leader of the Tour de France. Cavendish out-sprinted Etixx--Quick-Step's Marcel Kittel and Tinkoff's Peter Sagan to win the stage, and now leads the two riders by 4 and 6 seconds respectively.

How Long Can He Stay in the Yellow? Stage 2 ends after the top of a short, steep climb, though, making Sagan a good bet to take the jersey for himself tomorrow. It's a finish that's certainly too hard for Cavendish and Kittel, but not too hard for the Slovak. So don't expect Cavendish to be in yellow after Stage 2; the finish may prove too challenging for him.

Who’s Really Winning the Tour As for the rest of the overall contenders, it's too soon make predictions about who's going to win the 2016 Tour de France. That said, Alberto Contador's chances took a big hit when the Spaniard crashed mid-stage. He says he suffered only cuts and scrapes, but it's certainly not the way he wanted to start his Tour.

RELATED: Cavendish's Sprint to Capture Stage 1

Since getting hooked on pro cycling while watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship in Philadelphia, longtime Bicycling contributor Whit Yost has raced on Belgian cobbles, helped build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux as an assistant director sportif. These days, he lives with his wife and son in Pennsylvania, spending his days serving as an assistant middle school principal and his nights playing Dungeons & Dragons.

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Tour de France 2016 review: How Chris Froome claimed victory

By matt westby.

Last Updated: 18/05/20 10:16am

From left, Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome and Peter Sagan were among the stars of this year's Tour de France

Chris Froome won the 2016 Tour de France.

The Team Sky rider beat Romain Bardet into second place by 4min 5sec and Nairo Quintana into third by 4min 21sec.

Here's a look back at the race...

Stage 1: Saturday, July 2 – Mont-Saint-Michel to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (Utah Beach) – 188km

Winner: Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). Race leader: Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).

Mark Cavendish won the opening stage

Stage 2: Sunday, July 3 – Saint-Lo to Cherbourg – 183km

Winner: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff). Race leader: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).

Peter Sagan beat Julian Alaphilippe to win stage two

Stage 3: Monday, July 4 – Granville to Angers – 223.5km

Winner: Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). Race leader: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).

Cavendish beat Andre Greipel in a photo finish on stage three

Stage 4: Tuesday, July 5 – Saumur to Limoges – 237.5km

Winner: Marcel Kittel (Etixx - Quick-Step). Race leader: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).

Marcel Kittel sprinted to victory on stage four

Stage 5: Wednesday, July 6 – Limoges to Le Lioran – 216km

Stage winner: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing). Race leader: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing).

Greg Van Avermaet took the race lead by winning stage five

Stage 6: Thursday, July 7 – Arpajon-sur-Cere to Montauban – 190.5km

Stage winner: Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). Race leader: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing).

Cavendish claimed his third win on stage six

Stage 7: Friday, July 8 – L’Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle – 162.5km

Stage winner: Steve Cummings (Dimension Data). Race leader: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing).

Steve Cummings won stage seven solo

Stage 8: Saturday, July 9 – Pau to Bagneres-de-Louchon – 184km

Stage winner: Chris Froome (Team Sky). Race leader: Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Chris Froome took the race lead by winning stage eight

Stage 9: Sunday, July 10 – Vielha Val d’Aran to Andorre Arcalis – 184.5km

Stage winner: Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin). Race leader: Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Tom Dumoulin won stage nine out of the breakaway

Stage 10: Tuesday, July 12 – Escaldes Engordany to Revel – 197km

Stage winner: Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange). Race leader: Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Michael Matthews out-sprinted Sagan on stage 10

Stage 11: Wednesday, July 13 – Carcassonne to Montpellier – 162.5km

Stage winner: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff). Race leader: Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Sagan claimed his second win of the race on stage 11

Stage 12: Thursday, July 14 – Montpellier to Mont Ventoux – 184km

Stage winner: Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal). Race leader: Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Thomas De Gendt won stage 12 on Mont Ventoux

Stage 13: Friday, July 15 – Bourg-Saint-Andeol to La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc – 37.5km individual time trial

Dumoulin claimed his second win of the race on stage 13's time trial

Stage 14: Saturday, July 16 – Montelimar to Villars-les-Dombes (Parcs des Oiseaux) – 208.5km

Stage winner: Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). Race leader: Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Cavendish claimed his fourth win on stage 14

Stage 15: Sunday, July 17 – Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz – 160km

Stage winner: Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling). Race leader: Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Jarlinson Pantano won stage 15 out of the breakaway

Stage 16: Monday, July 18 – Moirans-en-Montagne to Berne – 209km

Sagan defeated Alexander Kristoff in a photo finish on stage 16

Stage 17: Wednesday, July 20 – Berne to Finhaut-Emosson – 184.5km

Stage winner: Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha). Race leader: Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Breakaway rider Ilnur Zakarin won stage 17

Stage 18: Thursday, July 21 – Sallanches to Megeve – 17km individual time trial

Froome won the stage 18 uphill time trial

Stage 19: Friday, July 22 – Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc – 146km

Stage winner: Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale). Race leader: Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Romain Bardet won stage 19 solo

Stage 20: Saturday, July 23 – Megeve to Morzine – 146.5km

Stage winner: Ion Izagirre (Movistar). Race leader: Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Breakaway rider Ion Izagirre won stage 20

Stage 21: Sunday, July 24 – Chantilly to Paris – 113km

Stage winner: Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal). Race winner: Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Andre Greipel (right) won on the Champs-Elysees

- Stage 9: The first major summit finish of a grand tour is always a good indicator of who is and isn’t in form, and although you can’t win the race here, you can all-too-easily lose it.

- Stage 12: The mythical Mont Ventoux is arguably the toughest of the summit finishes in this year’s Tour and has the potential to open up big gaps between the favourites.

- Stage 18: This time trial is not only extremely tough but also comes late in the race, so it could have a decisive say on who wins the yellow jersey.


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- Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). - Steve Cummings (Dimension Data). - Chris Froome (Team Sky). - Dan McLay (Fortuneo-Vital Concept). - Luke Rowe (Team Sky). - Ian Stannard (Team Sky). - Geraint Thomas (Team Sky). - Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge).


- Yellow: General classification. - Green: Points classification. - Red and white polka dots: Mountains classification. - White: Youth classification.


Ten, six and four seconds will be awarded to the first three riders over the finish line on every stage except for the time trials on stages 13 and 18.


Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour, in 2012


- Maillot jaune: Yellow jersey. - Domestique: Support rider. - Rouleur: All-rounder. - Puncheur: A rider who excels on short, sharp climbs. - Peloton: The main bunch of riders. - Breakaway: A small group of riders who escape from the peloton. - Grupetto: A group made up of riders who have been dropped from the peloton on mountain stages who work together to make sure they beat the day's time limit. - Echelon: A diagonal line of riders that forms across the road when the race is hit by crosswinds. The line is diagonal because riders try to shelter from the wind by the side of the rider in front of them. Normally, multiple echelons form.


AG2R-LA MONDIALE Country: France. Status: WorldTour Team: Romain Bardet (Fra), Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita), Jan Bakelants (Fra), Mickael Cherel (Fra), Cyril Gautier (Fra), Alexis Gougeard (Fra), Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra), Ben Gastauer (Lux), Sam Dumoulin (Fra).

ASTANA Country: Kazakhstan. Status: WorldTour Team: Fabio Aru (Ita), Vincenzo Nibali (Ita), Jakob Fuglsang (Den), Tanel Kangert (Est), Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz), Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp), Diego Rosa (Ita), Andriy Grivko (Ukr), Paolo Tiralongo (Ita).

BMC RACING Country: United States. Status: WorldTour Team: Richie Porte (Aus), Greg Van Avermaet (Bel), Tejay van Garderen (USA), Rohan Dennis (Aus), Damiano Caruso (Ita), Amael Moinard (Fra), Michael Schar (Sui), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (Ger).

BORA-ARGON 18 Country: Germany. Status: Pro Continental Team: Jan Barta (Cze), Patrick Konrad (Aut), Sam Bennett (Irl), Emanuel Buchmann (Ger), Bartosz Huzarski (Pol), Cesare Benedetti (Ita), Shane Archbold (NZ), Andreas Schillinger (Ger), Paul Voss (Ger).

CANNONDALE-DRAPAC Country: United States. Status: WorldTour Team: Pierre Rolland (Fra), Matti Breschel (Den), Lawson Craddock (USA), Alex Howes (USA), Kristijan Koren (Slo), Sebastien Langeveld (Ned), Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltn), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned), Dylan van Baarle (Ned).

COFIDIS Country: France. Status: Pro Continental Team: Borut Bozic (Slo), Jerome Cousin (Fra), Christophe Laporte (Fra), Cyril Lemoine (Fra), Arnold Jeannesson (Fra), Luis Angel Mate (Esp), Daniel Navarro (Esp), Geoffrey Soupe (Fra), Nicolas Edet (Fra).

DIMENSION DATA Country: South Africa. Status: WorldTour Team: Mark Cavendish (GB), Steve Cummings (GB), Natnael Berhane (Eri), Mark Renshaw (Aus), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor), Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri), Serge Pauwels (Bel), Bernhard Eisel (Aut), Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA).

DIRECT ENERGIE Country: France. Status: Pro Continental Team: Adrien Petit (Fra), Sylvain Chavanel (Fra), Antoine Duschesne (Can), Bryan Coquard (Fra), Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra), Thomas Voeckler (Fra), Angelo Tulik (Fra), Romain Sicard (Fra), Yohann Gene (Fra).

ETIXX – QUICK-STEP Country: Belgium. Status: WorldTour Team: Julian Alaphilippe (Fra), Tony Martin (Ger), Marcel Kittel (Ger), Dan Martin (Irl), Julien Vermote (Bel), Petr Vakoc (Cze), Fabio Sabatini (Ita), Maximiliano Richeze (Arg), Iljo Keisse (Bel).

FDJ.FR Country: France. Status: WorldTour Team: Thibaut Pinot (Fra), Cedric Pineau (Fra), William Bonnet (Fra), Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra), Anthony Roux (Fra), Jeremy Roy (Fra), Steve Morabito (Sui), Sebastien Reichenbach (Sui), Arthur Vichot (Fra).

FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT Country: France. Status: Pro Continental Team: Dan McLay (GB), Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg), Chris Anker Sorensen (Den), Florian Vachon (Fra), Anthony Delaplace (Fra), Vegard Breen (Nor), Pierre-Lux Perichon (Fra), Brice Feillu (Fra), Armindo Fonseca (Fra).

GIANT-ALPECIN Country: Germany. Status: WorldTour Team: Warren Barguil (Fra), Laurens ten Dam (Ned), John Degenkolb (Ger), Simon Geschke (Ger), Roy Curvers (Ned), Tom Dumoulin (Ned), Georg Preidler (Aut), Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned), Albert Timmer (Ned).

IAM CYCLING Country: Switzerland. Status: WorldTour Team: Mathias Frank (Sui), Jerome Coppel (Fra), Oliver Naesen (Bel), Stef Clement (Ned), Dries Devenyns (Bel), Martin Elmiger (Sui), Reto Hollenstein (Sui), Sondre Holst Enger (Nor), Jarlinson Pantano (Col).

KATUSHA Country: Russia. Status: WorldTour Team: Joaquim Rodriguez (Esp), Alexander Kristoff (Nor), Michael Morkov (Den), Marco Haller (Aut), Alberto Losada (Esp), Angel Vicioso (Esp), Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel), Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita), Ilnur Zakarin (Rus).

LAMPRE-MERIDA Country: Italy. Status: WorldTour Team: Rui Costa (Por), Louis Meintjes (RSA), Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn), Matteo Bono (Ita), Davide Cimolai (Ita), Kristijan Durasek (Cro), Tsgabu Grmay (Eth), Luka Pibernik (Slo), Jan Polanc (Pol).

LOTTONL-JUMBO Country: Netherlands. Status: WorldTour Team: Robert Wagner (Ger), Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned), Dylan Groenewegen (Ned), Sep Vanmarcke (Ned), Wilco Kelderman (Ned), Maarten Wynants (Bel), Timo Roosen (Ned), George Bennett (NZ), Paul Martens (Ger).

LOTTO SOUDAL Country: Belgium. Status: WorldTour Team: Andre Greipel (Ger), Lars Bak (Den), Thomas De Gendt (Bel), Jens Debusschere (Bel), Tony Gallopin (Fra), Adam Hansen (Aus), Greg Henderson (NZ), Jurgen Roelandts (Bel), Marcel Sieberg (Ger).

MOVISTAR Country: Spain. Status: WorldTour Team: Nairo Quintana (Col), Alejandro Valverde (Esp), Imanol Erviti (Esp), Gorka Izagirre (Esp), Ion Izagirre (Esp), Winner Anacona (Col), Daniel Moreno (Esp), Nelson Oliveira (Por), Jesus Herrada (Esp).

ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE Country: Australia. Status: WorldTour Team: Michael Matthews (Aus), Simon Gerrans (Aus), Adam Yates (GB), Mathew Hayman (Aus), Chris Juul-Jensen (Den), Michael Albasini (Sui), Luke Durbridge (Aus), Daryl Impey (RSA), Ruben Plaza (Esp).

TEAM SKY Country: Great Britain. Status: WorldTour Team: Chris Froome (GB), Geraint Thomas (GB), Mikel Nieve (Esp), Luke Rowe (GB), Ian Stannard (GB), Sergio Henao (Esp), Vasil Kiryienka (Blr), Mikel Landa (Esp), Wout Poels (Ned).

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TINKOFF Country: Russia. Status: WorldTour Team: Alberto Contador (Esp), Peter Sagan (Svk), Roman Kreuziger (Cze), Rafal Majka (Pol), Robert Kiserlovski (Cro), Maciej Bodnar (Pol), Oscar Gatto (Ita), Matteo Tosatto (Ita), Michael Valgren (Den).

TREK-SEGAFREDO Country: United States. Status: WorldTour Team: Fabian Cancellara (Sui), Bauke Mollema (Ned), Peter Stetina (USA), Frank Schleck (Lux), Jasper Stuyven (Bel), Gregory Rast (Sui), Markel Irizar (Esp), Edward Theuns (Bel), Haimar Zubeldia (Esp).

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