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Jonas Vingegaard is likely to attempt a third win at the Tour de France 2024

The Tour de France 2024 begins on Saturday 29 June and marks the 111th edition of cycling's flagship race. In the first Grand Départ for Italy, the race starts in Florence and traces a path east across the country, before heading back west towards France and into the Alps. 

The riders will also take on the Apennines, Massif Central and Pyrenees mountain ranges, and pass through Italy, San Marino, Monaco and France.

With Paris busy preparing for the Olympic Games in August there will be no room for the Tour de France's traditional final stage finish on the Champs-Elysées. Instead the race will finish in Nice – the first time it has ever finished outside the capital.

The world's best riders are set to vie for overall victory, with newly crowned Giro d'Italia winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) due to take on Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease A Bike) and Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) – both of whom are currently returning from injury – and Primož Roglič (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The three-week event is the second in the trio of Grand Tours, coming after the Giro d'Italia and before the Vuelta a España .

Tour de France 2024: Overview

Tour de france 2024: the route.

Tour de France 2024 route

One for the climbers, the 2024 Tour de France route incorporates four summit finishes, spans four mountain ranges, and features the hilliest opening stage in Tour de France history.

One of the most interesting and intriguing routes of recent years, sitting between the predominantly hilly week one and week three sits a flatter week two, and stage nine – with an abundance of white roads; 14 sectors in total.

There's plenty for the sprinters as well as the general classification and climbing specialists, although there are going to be some tough mountains to get over to reach the sprint stages, and to finish the three weeks.

For the first time in 35 years, a final day time trial means the yellow jersey won't be decided on the penultimate day. 

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Tour de France 2024 route: Stage-by-stage

Tour de france 2024: the teams.

Three professional riders at the Tour de France 2023

There will be 22 teams of eight riders at the 2024 Tour de France. This includes all 18 UCI WorldTour teams, as well as the two best-ranked UCI ProTeams, and two further squads invited by the organiser, ASO. 

Tour de France 2024: General classification riders

Pogacar and Vingegaard climbing the Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc

When it comes to potential yellow jersey winners, there are four riders due to take the start line in Florence on June 29. 

The quartet comprises Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), who has just won the Giro d'Italia; Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step), Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease A Bike), and Primož Roglič (Bora-Hansgrohe) . 

Reigning champion Jonas Vingegaard is the only rider over whom hangs a significant questions mark for the race. Along with Roglič and Evenepoel, he came down in a nasty crash on stage four of the Itzulia Basque Country in April. All were injured but the Dane came off worst, and he only began riding outside in May. The plan, says his team, is still to take him to the Tour de France – but only if he is good enough. 

Following the route announcement in October, Tadej Pogačar said that the "end of the journey makes me smile", with the final two stages starting and finishing close to his home in Monaco. Pogačar is hoping to take back the top step in 2024 after two years of missing out on yellow to Vingegaard.

Remco Evenepol intends to make his Tour de France debut in 2024. Although he took a win in 2022 at the Vuelta, his performance in other Grand Tour races has been either inconsistent or blighted by illness. If he's to compete against the likes of Vingegaard and Pogačar, he'll have to up his game. It's not yet known who Ineos Grenadiers will hand the reins to, but, coming 5th overall and taking a stage win in his Tour debut in 2023 , Carlos Rogríguez seems a likely choice.

Tour de France 2024: Sprinters

Jasper Philipsen celebrates his win on stage 11 of the 2023 Tour de France

It's going to be a tough year for the sprinters. Jasper Philipsen of Alpecin-Deceuninck was one of the star men of last year's Tour de France, taking four stage wins and the green sprinter's jersey at the end of the three weeks. He has had a fine season so far, with a win at Milan-San Remo and second at Paris-Roubaix and is likely to be the rider to beat at the Tour.

Like Philipsen, Mads Pederson of Trek-Segafredo has enjoyed a successful early season, with a win at Gent-Wevelgem and (unlike Philipsen) a hatful of sprint victories. He's likely to be the Belgian's main rival in the bunch finishes.

All eyes will be on Mark Cavendish in the 111th Tour de France after he postponed retirement to target the Tour win record, currently shared with Eddy Merckx, and gain his 35th win. He said, however, that he was "in shock" and that this was the "toughest course" he had ever seen , when it was revealed in October. 

Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty), Dylan Groenewegen (Jayco-AlUla) and Fabio Jakobsen (dsm-firmenich-PostNL) are also set to be there and should challenge for wins.

Tour de France 2024: On TV

As you'd expect the Tour de France will be avialable to watch in a lot of places this July.

The race is expected to be live-streamed on GCN +, Discovery+ and Eurosport , as well as ITV4, in the UK and in Europe. Subscription costs are £6.99/month or $8.99/month, and £39.99 or $49.99 for a year.

A Flobikes  annual subscription will cost you $209.99 if you want to watch in Canada, while in the USA  NBC Sports  via Peacock Premium ($4.99 per month) will show the race. Australians can can watch the Tour for free on SBS on Demand.

And, of course, if you want to watch your local stream from anywhere in the world you'll need a VPN from a trusted company like ExpressVPN .

Tour de France: The jerseys

Vingegaard in the Tour de France yellow jersey

Much like every year in recent memory, the Tour de France jerseys and classifications are yellow for the overall leader, green for the leader in the points standings, polka-dot for the mountain classification, and white for the best young rider.

Along with the jersey prizes, there is an award for the most combative rider of each stage, with the winner wearing a red number on the following day. This is awarded each day, with a 'Super Combativity' award decided by a jury at the end of the race for the most active rider throughout the entire event.

There is also a team classification where the time of the first three riders from each team is put together to create a single time. This is then done in a similar way as the individual general classification.

In addition, there are plenty of bonus seconds up for grabs at the race. There are ten, six and four bonus seconds available at the end of each stage for the first three riders, as well as bonus sprints that are dotted throughout the race on key climbs to try and make the racing more entertaining for spectators.

Of course, there's also prize money up for grabs. For winning the 2023 edition of the race, Jonas Vingegaard collected €535,220 (£463,100), a sum which is customarily shared out among the team's riders and staff.

Tour de France past winners in the last 12 years

  • 2012: Bradley Wiggins (GBr) 
  • 2013: Chris Froome (GBr) 
  • 2014: Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) 
  • 2015: Chris Froome (GBr) 
  • 2016: Chris Froome (GBr) 
  • 2017: Chris Froome (GBr) 
  • 2018: Geraint Thomas (GBr) 
  • 2019: Egan Bernal (Col) 
  • 2020: Tadej Pogačar (Slo) 
  • 2021: Tadej Pogačar (Slo)  
  • 2022: Jonas Vingegaard (Den)
  • 2023: Jonas Vingegaard (Den)

Tour de France FAQ

How does the tour de france work.

The Tour de France is one of a trio of races that are three weeks long, known as the Grand Tours, alongside the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España. The Tour is the best known and arguably the most prestigious.

It is the second of the three races in the calendar with the Giro taking place in May, the Tour usually in July, and the Vuelta in August and September.

The Tour, like all Grand Tours, takes on varying terrain with flat days for sprinters, hilly days for puncheurs and mountains for the climbers and GC riders, along with time trials, so that a winner of the race has to be able to perform on all types of road.

The main prize in the race, known as the general classification, is based on time with the overall leader wearing the yellow jersey. The race leader and eventual winner is the rider who has the lowest accumulated time over the 21 days of racing. Riders can win the Tour de France without winning a stage, as Chris Froome did in 2017. Time bonuses of 10, six, and four seconds are given to stage winners though, creating incentive for those general classification riders to chase individual victories and lower their overall time.

In 2020 it took race winner Tadej Pogačar 87 hours 20 minutes and 5 seconds to complete the race with the second-place rider overall 59 seconds slower. That continues all the way down to the last place rider, which was Roger Kluge (Lotto-Soudal) who finished 6 hours 7 minutes and 2 seconds behind.

The white best young rider's jersey is worked out in the same way but only riders under the age of 26 are eligible for the jersey.

The polka-dot mountains jersey and the green points jersey are based on a points system and not time. The only reason time would come into account would be if riders are tied on points, then it would go to who is the best placed in the general classification.

The team classification is based on the general classification times of the first three riders of a team on each stage. The time of those three riders is added up and put onto their team's time, creating a GC list much like in the individual classifications. The leading team gets to wear yellow numbers and helmets on each stage.

The final classification available is the combativity prize. This is decided by a race jury or, in more recent years, Twitter. This takes place just before the end of each stage and often goes to a rider from the breakaway who has put in a daring performance or attempted to liven up the stage by attacking. The winner of the combativity award gets to wear a special red race number on the following day's stage.

There is a final prize added to this with the Super Combativity prize being awarded on the podium in Paris. This is decided in a similar fashion to pick out the most aggressive, entertaining, and daring rider of the whole three weeks. Again, usually going to a rider who has featured regularly in the breakaway.

Stage winners do not wear anything special the day after apart from getting a small yellow jersey to stick on their number on their bike, this can be replaced if they win multiple stages.

Teams used to come to the race with nine riders but the UCI, cycling's governing body, decided that nine riders from each team was too dangerous and dropped it to eight, however more teams now take part.

How long is the Tour de France?

The Tour de France takes place over 23 days with 21 of them being race days. The riders get two days of resting; they usually fall on the second and third Monday of the race.

This year's race is 3,492km long, which is 2,170 miles, around the same distance from Washington DC to Las Vegas, or Helsinki to Lisbon. 

Road stages can range from anything around 100km to something approaching 250km, sometimes more. This year the shortest road stage is stage 20, from Nice to Col de la Couillole, with the longest being 229km on stage three in Italy, from Plaisance to Turin.

Road stages often take around four to five hours with the longer days sometimes nudging over seven hours.

Time trials are always much shorter. Team time trials have long since gone out of fashion in the world of road racing so individual time trials are the main focus these days. 

In 2024, the Tour has two individual time trials for the riders to tackle, the first on stage seven at 25km long from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin, and the second on the final stage from Monaco to Nice, at 34km long.

When does the Tour de France start?

The 2024 Tour de France starts on June 29 in Florence, Italy, with a road stage. There will be three full stages in Italy, before the fourth heads into France. The race finishes in Nice three weeks later.

The 2024 edition of the race runs from 29 June - 21 July, covering 21 stages. 

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A Beginner's Guide to the Tour de France

All you need to know about the biggest race in the world, from how the race works, and where you can watch all the action

Will Newton

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The Tour de France is a bike race cut above all others

The biggest bike race on the planet, the Tour de France , is the pinnacle of the cycling calendar, but what is this race, why is it so famous and how on earth does one win it? If you’ve ever found yourself asking one of these questions then worry not, for this Newcomer’s Guide is going to help you decrypt and decipher this summer’s ‘Big Loop’ around France…

Ask somebody to name a bike race and nine times out of ten that person will reply, ‘the Tour de France’. Ask that same person to explain the Tour de France and you’ll be lucky to be given a coherent sentence devoid of ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’. You see, while the Tour may be one of, if not the most, watched sporting events in the world - with 3.5 billion viewers annually - it’s also one of the most confusing with a rule book almost as long as the route itself.

This confusing aspect of the Tour can be an obstacle to many, so to ease you in we’ve put together this handy guide explaining the basics behind the race - from what is the Tour de France, to how does one win it. Whether you’re a complete newcomer or perhaps an annual Tour watcher, there’ll be something in this guide for you and something that will finally give you an answer to - at least one of - your many questions about the race.

The Tour is made up of 21 mini races called ‘stages’ - complete them all in the fastest cumulative time and you’ll be crowned the overall winner

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The Tour is made up of 21 mini races called ‘stages’ - complete them all in the fastest cumulative time and you’ll be crowned the overall winner

What is the Tour de France?

The Tour de France is what’s known as a ‘stage race’, which is a collection of smaller races - or stages - ridden consecutively across a set period of time. In the case of the Tour, this time period encompasses three weeks, or 21 days (23 if we include the two rest days where there’s no racing). There are only two other stage races on the cycling calendar that last for three weeks and those are the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. Together with the Tour, these races are known as the ‘Grand Tours’.

As its name suggests, the Tour takes place in France - although this comes with some caveats. While the majority of the three-week race takes place within mainland France, some stages do occasionally pass through neighbouring countries, like Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium. The race is also known for hosting ‘Grand Départs’ - the term for the celebratory opening stages of the race - in foreign countries. For example, in 2023 the race began with three stages in the Basque Country, an autonomous community of Spain. The 2024 edition, on the other hand, will start with three stages in northern Italy taking in the cycling rich regions of Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Piemonte.

With the race taking place across France, and across some other European countries, terrain can wildly differ between stages. Some stages stick to the flatlands along the coasts, while others head deep into the mountains. Several stages may also take the form of a ‘time trial’, where riders compete to set the fastest time over a set course after a staggered start. This changing of terrain between stages, and also within stages, is what poses the main challenge to the riders and ultimately dictates who wins the Tour de France overall, but more on that later!

Why is the Tour de France so famous?

The maillot jaune is the most iconic jersey in all of cycling

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The maillot jaune is the most iconic jersey in all of cycling

The Tour is the oldest of the three Grand Tours, with its debut edition taking place way back in 1903. It’s also the race which inspired the likes of the Giro and the Vuelta. At 120-years-old, it’s the oldest still-running stage race on the international calendar. There are one-day events which are older, but no professional, multi-day stage race is older than the Tour de France - one of its many claims to fame.

Born from a newspaper marketing scheme, devised by French journalist Henri Desgrange, the first Tour took place in an attempt to boost sales of L’Auto - a nationwide daily newspaper dedicated to sport. This inaugural race only featured six stages, but with each stage covering ~400km it quickly made its way around the perimeter of France. Due to the length of these stages and the comparatively poor technology of the time riders often had to race through the night.

Home favourite Maurice Garin, a man affectionately known as ‘The Little Chimney Sweep’, won this first ever Tour de France, writing his name into cycling’s history books in the process. The race was a sudden hit so Desgrange decided to bring it back the following year, and then the next one, and the one after that. Before long it soon became the go-to event for masochists across Europe to attend and shed blood, sweat and tears over. This blood, sweat and tears made for great stories back in the day and now, fantastic TV.

The race’s longevity and the fact that it has been the site of some of sport’s greatest stories aren’t the only factors which make the Tour so famous, however. In recent decades the race has become truly global with riders from all six of Earth’s major continents not just taking part, but winning too. This globalisation of the Tour has helped it to expand to all four corners of the globe and reach billions of people.

According to the Tour’s organisers, ASO, around 12 million people line up along the route every single year, cheering on their heroes from the roadside. This figure pales in comparison to the race’s total viewers though, which is estimated to be as high as 3.5 billion annually. This mind-boggling figure makes the Tour de France the most watched sporting event in the world, more so even than the World Cup (3.3 billion), Summer Olympics (2 billion), UEFA Champions League (380 million) and Super Bowl (96.4 million).

How does one win the Tour de France?

Egan Bernal on his way to winning the Tour de France in 2019

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Egan Bernal on his way to winning the Tour de France in 2019

To put it simply, only one rider can win the Tour de France. This is the rider who, once all is said and done, has completed all of the stages in the lowest cumulative time. They’re declared the overall, or general classification (GC), winner and they get to stand on the top step of the podium in Paris at the end of the race, receiving all of the plaudits - and prize money.

But there’s never just one rider who leaves the Tour as a ‘winner’, and this is where things can get quite confusing. First of all, a ‘stage winner’ is crowned at the end of every stage - this is the rider who simply crosses the finish line first. Some riders win multiple stages throughout the three weeks but get nowhere close to winning the race overall, while the overall winner could go the entire three weeks without ever winning a stage. Are you still with us?

And then there are the different coloured jerseys, individual prizes and team prizes. These are handed out to riders at the end of every stage to denote the rider who’s currently leading each respective classification, but they’re not officially ‘won’ until the three weeks is up and the riders cross the finish line on the final stage. Let’s go through each of those in turn now, from the iconic yellow jersey to the lesser-known combativity prize.

Yellow Jersey - The famous maillot jaune , or yellow jersey, denotes the leader of the general classification. As explained above, this is the rider who has completed all of the stages in the lowest cumulative time. This is the biggest prize in the Tour and something that every rider dreams of wearing, although only a handful ever will.

Green Jersey - The maillot vert , or green jersey, denotes the leader of the points classification. Points are accumulated at each stage finish, with a rider being awarded a certain number of points based on their finishing position. The higher they finish, the more points they score.

Different stages have different weightings of points on offer at the finish, with flatter stages offering more and mountain stages less. Points can also be scored at ‘intermediate sprints’ which are placed within a stage, usually around the midway point. In the Tour there’s one intermediate sprint per road stage (so not during time trials).

Polka-Dot Jersey - The maillot à pois , or polka-dot jersey, denotes the leader of the King of the Mountains classification. Like the green jersey, this is a points-based classification where riders score points for being one of the first few over the tops of hills/mountains. Only categorised hills/mountains count towards this classification and the number of points awarded depends on this categorisation.

Hills/mountains are ranked based on their difficulty and assigned either Cat-4, Cat-3, Cat-2, Cat-1 or HC ( hors categorie ) status. Cat-4 climbs offer fewer points, because they’re the easiest, while HC climbs offer the most points, because they’re the toughest. The winner of this jersey can be someone who’s specifically targeting the classification, but it can also go to the overall Tour winner by virtue of them often being at the front of the race day in, day out.

White Jersey - The maillot blanc , or white jersey, denotes the leader of the Young Rider classification, which - like the yellow jersey - is a time-based classification. It’s restricted to riders that are under the age of 26 when the Tour begins. From those riders who are eligible, the one who has completed the stages in the lowest cumulative time wears the jersey.

Team Prize - This prize is awarded to the winner of the team classification, which assesses teams by adding the times of their three best-placed riders each day - in other words, their first three riders across the finish line on each stage. The team with the lowest accumulated time over the three weeks wins. Unlike the classifications explained above, no jersey is awarded to the leaders of this classification - instead members of the leading team wear a yellow number on their backs.

Combativity Prize - The prix de la combativité , or combativity prize, is awarded to the rider who most animates the day’s racing. This is a subjective classification and one that is decided by the race officials. The winner is given a red number to wear the following day, which is then passed onto the next combativity prize winner. A Super Combativity award is also handed out at the end of the three weeks and goes to the rider who has animated the entire race, rather than just a single stage.

Where can I watch the Tour de France?

Now you know what the Tour de France is all about you’re probably itching to start watching it. Fortunately, the 2023 edition is just around the corner with the opening stage set to take place on Saturday, July 1st. Following the Grand Départ in the Basque Country, Spain - which encompasses three stages this year - the race will head to France and take on stages in the perilous Pyrenees and infamous Alps before drawing to a close with a traditional final stage in Paris on Sunday, July 23rd.

We’ll be showing live coverage of every single stage, start-to-finish, in RaceTV on the GCN App. We’ll also have the daily Breakaway show for you to tune into before and after every stage, where our panel of talking heads discuss the upcoming day’s racing and break down the action afterwards. It’s going to be an incredible three weeks of action and a race that you won’t want to miss, so make sure you have an a ctive GCN+ subscription . There’ll also be a ton of additional stuff for you to get your teeth stuck into during the Tour on the GCN App. As well as live coverage of the race, we also have articles covering all of the action, stage-by-stage previews, daily polls and quizzes and much, much more. Scroll through our Home and Racing feeds now to start getting involved with all of that fantastic, additional content.

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  • Race Length 3,401 kms
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  • BikeExchange-Jayco
  • Trek-Segafredo
  • UAE Team Emirates
  • Alpecin-Fenix
  • Arkea-Samsic
  • B&B Hotels-KTM
  • TotalEnergies

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The Beginner's Guide to the Tour de France

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In just a few short weeks, the men’s pro peloton will take to the roads of France (and Italy too, this year) for the 111th edition of the Tour de France . If you’re new to the sport, that’s a lot to catch up on – so here’s our beginner’s guide to the history and the present of the world’s greatest cycle race.

The origins of the tour de france.

The first Tour de France took place in 1903, dreamed up as a publicity stunt for an ailing sports newspaper, L’Auto , by its editor, Henri Desgrange, and his assistant Géo Lefèvre. At that time, six-day racing in the velodrome was incredibly popular, and road races tended to be very long: Bordeaux–Paris was around 560km / 348 mi and Paris–Brest–Paris a whole lot longer at around 1200km / 745 mi. The new Tour de France was six stages in total, held concurrently over 15 days and the longest stage, from Nantes to Paris was 471km / 293 mi.

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Beforehand, nobody was sure that the idea of multi-stage road racing would take off, but it was an instant success with the French public. The race started and ended in Paris, and the overall title was won by pre-race favourite Maurice Garin. Garin also won the 1904 edition, which was contested over the same course, but was subsequently disqualified and stripped of his win – the rumour is that Garin and several other top riders cheated and took a train!

For many years, the race ended at the Parc des Princes velodrome in the north of Paris, but in 1975 a finish on the Champs-Élysées was introduced, and that has become traditional.

The Tour's now traditional finish line, on the Champs-Élysées, was introduced in 1975. Photography by: A.S.O. / Pauline Ballet

The Mountains of the Tour de France

While the very early races took on some formidable climbs by any standards, the real high mountains did not make an appearance until 1910. That year, the race organizers optimistically included some Pyreneen passes on the route, including the now-classic Tourmalet , now measured as a 17.1 km / 10.63 mi climb at an average of 7.3%, on what was then not much more than a logging track. Based on the success of that, the Col du Galibier – a moody and menacing 2,645m / 8678 ft tall pass was added in 1911. The famous rocky summit of Mont Ventoux in Provence was introduced in 1951, and Alpe d’Huez , now the scene of the largest fan party, in 1952.

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Over the years, gradually, climbing – rather than just out-and-out endurance – became more important to the race. The first Pyreneen stage in 1910 was 326km / 204 mi long and included five mountain passes . Even in the 1980s, mountain stages might have been 200 kilometers / 125 mi or more; these days, a mountain stage is more likely to be 160km / 100 mi, and designed to provoke explosive, exciting racing. However, post-war, the format has remained relatively stable: 21 days racing around France, ending in Paris but often starting elsewhere (even in a neighboring country); with the majority of France being covered, and always a visit to the Pyrenees and the Alps. A Tour without one of the classic climbs is unheard of, and if, say, Mont Ventoux, doesn’t get included for a long run of years, then there will be a popular outcry.

In 2024, because of the Olympic Games in Paris, the Tour is finishing outside the capital for the first time – in Nice in south-eastern France.

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The Tour de France Teams

In the earliest Tours, riders were competing solo and any help between them was prohibited. However, even in the 1900s, bicycle manufacturers sponsored the best riders, and it didn’t take long before loose alliances between them began to be forged – much to the organizer’s chagrin. To Desgrange, this collaboration didn’t seem like a pure or ‘fair’ test of strength.

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To try to combat the power of the manufacturers, for much of the twentieth century the race was run with national teams, and France even had several regional outfits. But in 1962 the race returned definitively to the trade-team format we know today, with large commercial sponsors (or even now national entities) giving teams their money and identity. For the past few years, there have been 22 teams at the Tour with eight riders each, and, according to its talents, each team’s objectives may be very different.

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The race for the Yellow Jersey

The biggest prize at the Tour has always been the General Classification (GC) – rewarding the rider who records the lowest cumulative time in all the stages over the whole Tour. Since 1919, the GC leader has been denoted by the yellow jersey (maillot jeune) they wear each day, and the ultimate objective is to be wearing the yellow jersey on the final podium in Paris. Small time bonuses on the GC are often awarded mid-race, either at the top of climbs or at intermediate sprint points.

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Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain have won the most Tours, with five each. In 1999, Lance Armstrong began a record-breaking run of seven consecutive Tour wins but was stripped of his titles in 2012 for doping offenses.

However, aside from the GC, each day’s stage is a separate race in its own right, and a stage win at the Tour can be the pinnacle of a rider’s career. How any given stage plays out depends on the terrain. Usually, the whole bunch will set off together as one big ‘peloton’, while a few riders try to work together to establish a breakaway group that will try to build up a big enough lead to contest the stage win. On flat stages, the peloton will generally catch the breakaway and the finish will be a bunch sprint. Rolling stages are the territory of the powerful riders known as puncheurs , while days with multiple smaller obstacles may favor a breakaway specialist.

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Each day, every team will head out with a plan and try to execute it, with riders working together to achieve the goal: helping their GC target finish strongly, for example, setting up their climber for the final climb, or leading out their sprinter in the closing kilometers. Riders who sacrifice their personal ambitions or standing for the team goal are known as domestiques . Their job can be absolutely vital, and yet without the glory of the star riders their strength, dedication, and tactical awareness can sometimes go unrecognized.

That may sound a little formulaic, but the best thing about bike racing is its unpredictability. There’s an alchemy in how the efforts of 196 racers with differing objectives combine with the unexpected challenges of the road, and a sprinkling of human strength and weakness, to make something exciting and unexpected happen.

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The Polka-Dot, Green, and White Jerseys at the Tour de France

In addition to the GC, there are three other important in-race competitions. The mountain classification is given to the rider who gains the most points for reaching mountain summits first. It first came into being in the 1930s but is now characterized by the distinctive polka-dot jersey, which dates from the 1970s when the classification was sponsored by a chocolate brand. All of the significant climbs in each Tour are categorized, with 4 being the smallest and HC ( hors catégorie or ‘beyond categorization’) the largest. The bigger the summit, the more points awarded to the first man over, with a descending amount given to a select number after him. With the tendency towards summit finishes – which attract a premium number of points – in recent years the yellow jersey has often also won the polka-dot jersey.

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The green jersey, meanwhile, is often known as the sprinters’ jersey, but is properly speaking the points jersey. It goes to the rider who accrues the most points, at stage finishes on flatter days and at intermediate sprint points – of which there is always at least one every day. Again, like the mountains jersey, a set number is awarded to the first man, and lesser amounts to the riders after him. Though it is often won by a ‘pure’ sprinter, the most successful rider in the history of the green jersey is Peter Sagan, a recently retired superstar Slovakian whose skill and consistency across the whole Tour (including the hillier stages) made up for what he lacked in top-end speed for the really flat days.

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Finally, the white jersey is awarded to the best young rider, under 25 years old when that year’s Tour starts. However, given the trend of younger and younger riders winning the Tour, the yellow jersey and the white jersey can often be the same guy.

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The Spectators at the Tour de France

In terms of the number of live attendees, the Tour de France is the biggest sporting event in the world. Because it takes place on public roads, unless you have a VIP hospitality package right at the finish line, it is free to watch. If the Tour is passing through a village, the whole population will take to the streets for barbecues, wine, and music. Mountain stages, too, can be very rewarding for spectators, with huge crowds – into the hundreds of thousands – lining the road for an all-day (and sometimes all-night) party, waiting for the helicopters to start flying overhead, the team cars to whizz past and finally the riders to slowly ascend – all surrounded by dramatic scenery. If you ever get the chance, it’s highly recommended.

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However, watching on TV is in some ways better! With the complexity of the different competitions, the multiple races-within-a-race, and the different story arcs ranging from the single day’s result to the whole three-week affair, the amount of tension and intrigue in a good Tour de France can be mind-blowing.

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Yes, on slow days, you might get to know far more about chateaux, vineyards, and local cheeses than you thought you needed to, but even that can be fun. The Tour has often been described as one big advert for the French tourist board, and watching the countryside change over the course of the race – plus those amazing helicopter shots of riders in the mountains – is a real feast.

So put a date in your diary, and here’s to hoping for a vintage Tour de France 2024.

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Tour de France 2024 – Comprehensive team-by-team guide

A s the 2024 Tour de France rolls out from Florence, Italy on June 29, there will be 176 riders competing across 22 teams – some with a target on overall victory, others looking for stage wins and more still pleased with any opportunity that comes along their way to gather publicity on the biggest cycling stage in the world. 

All 18 WorldTour teams, plus the two best-ranked ProTeams – Israel-Premier Tech and Lotto-Dstny – got their automatic invitations to race while organisers ASO handed out wild card entries to Uno-X Mobility and TotalEnergies.

Crashes, form and Olympic goals have shaped the selections and ambitions for the teams but regardless all will be fighting to make an impression as the 21 days of racing over 3497.3km from Tuscany to Nice in the south of France unfolds.

Cyclingnews has pored through every squad, assessing their leaders, objectives and chances of success to bring you this comprehensive team-by-team guide.


  • Team leader: Jasper Philipsen
  • Objective: Stage wins, points classification
  • Rider to watch: Mathieu van der Poel

In the bunch sprints of the Grand Tours of recent years, one team has stood out above the rest as masters of the lead-out train: Alpecin-Deceuninck .

They were a prominent presence throughout the bunch finishes at the recent Giro d’Italia, but Kaden Groves wasn’t able to ride them to victory. However, at the Tour de France, the team will have Jasper Philipsen , the quickest sprinter in the peloton.

Philipsen was one of the stars of last year’s Tour, storming to four stage wins (as many as any sprinter has managed at a single Tour since the 2011 edition), as well as riding consistently enough to claim the green jersey. He didn't slow down this spring, either, with victories at Milan-San Remo and the Classic Brugge-De Panne, as well as a second place at Paris-Roubaix, among his very impressive results.

Not only is Philipsen the quickest sprinter in the race, but he’ll also have the quickest lead-out man riding for him in Mathieu van der Poel . The pair work brilliantly together, as seen not just at last year’s Tour sprints, but also during the spring, when Van der Poel helped Philipsen to triumph at Milan-San Remo, and vice versa at Paris-Roubaix.

Van der Poel will also go hunting for stage wins on appropriate stages, most likely on days with punchy parcours too hard for sprinters but not hard enough for climbers. For a man so untouchable in the Classics, it’s perhaps surprising that he only has one stage win to his name from three Tour appearances, but he has often ridden here with a future goal in mind, as will be the case this year as he builds towards the Olympics.

Arkéa-B&B Hotels

  • Team leader: Arnaud Démare
  • Objective: Stage wins
  • Rider to watch: Kévin Vauquelin

With Warren Barguil having followed Nairo Quintana out the door, Arkéa-B&B Hotels are going in a fresh direction for the 2024 Tour with sprinter Arnaud Démare as their new talisman.

Having grown increasingly frustrated with the lack of opportunities provided him by his former Groupama-FDJ team, who selected him for only one Tour de France start in the last five years, Démare has moved to a team where he won’t just be picked but will command unified support behind him.

It’s hoped that as a winner of two Tour stages in the past, Démare can deliver the team their long-awaited first-ever following ten winless Tours, but does the Frenchman have the shape to do so? He hasn’t made the top ten of any race for almost four months, and recently fractured a finger at the 4 Jours de Dunkerque, plunging his Tour preparations into doubt.

It could therefore be up to others in the line-up to deliver, from which Kévin Vauquelin has shown particular potential. The 23-year-old has done everything this year, from making the top 10 at both Itzulia Basque Country and Tirreno-Adriatico, finishing second on the Mur de Huy at La Flèche Wallonne and winning a time trial at Etoile de Bessèges. He could be a contender for a variety of different stages though specialises in climbing hills and mountains.

Astana Qazaqstan

  • Team leader: Mark Cavendish
  • Rider to watch: Alexey Lutsenko

At last, it's nearly time for the race that Astana Qazaqstan 's whole season has been building up towards.

Since signing Mark Cavendish in January 2023, they've made it their foremost mission to deliver the Manxman to the elusive win number 35, move clear of Eddy Merckx, and thereby become the outright record holder for most stage wins at the Tour de France.

It had initially been intended as a one-year plan, but after the heartbreak of last year’s race, where Cavendish crashed out at the end of the first week , he and the team have decided to have one last shot at history this July.

Unlike last year, when he went into the Tour off the back of a final-day victory in Rome at the Giro d’Italia, Cavendish has shown only sporadic signs of form this season, confined to smaller races. He won a stage during his first race of the season at the Tour of Colombia in February but had to wait another three months for a first victory on European roads at the Tour of Hongrie.

The Astana team is set to be built entirely around him. Veteran lead-out master Michael Mørkøv was signed exclusively to deliver him in the sprints, while Cees Bol and Davide Ballerini will sacrifice their own sprinting ambitions to form part of his lead-out train.

One rider who might be granted some freedom to ride for himself is Alexey Lutsenko . He showed great form by winning Il Giro d’Abruzzo before abandoning the Giro d’Italia and finishing seventh and eighth on GC in 2021 and 2022, respectively. He has two Tour de France GC top 10s, as well as a stage win in 2020, on his palmarès, so another top showing isn't out of the question.

Bahrain Victorious

  • Team leaders: Pello Bilbao
  • Objective: GC, stage wins
  • Riders to watch: Santiago Buitrago, Matej Mohorič

What Bahrain Victorious lacks in a single stand-out GC contender, they make up for in strength in depth. Following Antonio Tiberi’s fifth place at the Giro d’Italia, they’re hoping to extend their run of top-six finishes on GC to a fifth consecutive Grand Tour and have several riders potentially capable of doing so.

Their best candidate is Pello Bilbao , based on his performance at the Tour last year and in stage races so far in 2024. He was sixth place last year and has been building nicely towards that level again this year with sixth-place finishes at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and Itzulia Basque Country, plus third at the UAE Tour in between.

Santiago Buitrago is poised to make his Tour debut. He brings with him considerable expectations off the back of his stage wins and top-ten finish at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, respectively, as well as his impressive showing at Paris-Nice earlier this year.

It’s also hoped that Jack Haig can rediscover some form ahead of the race, while even veteran Wout Poels could post a high GC finish based on his recent third and sixth-place finishes at the Tour de Hongrie and Tour of the Alps, respectively.

Poels and Bilbao were two of the three different riders to win a stage at last year’s Tour, along with Matej Mohorič, who will again be using his nous and engine to target breakaways. The Slovenian has three Tour stage wins on his career palmarès and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him add another win here.

With Phil Bauhaus , a debutant last summer, also posing a threat in the bunch sprints, Bahrain Victorious has the resources to target a win on almost every stage.

  • Team leaders: Guillaume Martin
  • Riders to watch: Bryan Coquard, Ion Izagirre.

For the first time in many years, Cofidis can go into a Tour de France without being badgered about questions of whether this will be the year they at last manage to claim a stage win.

By triumphing on stage 2 of last year’s edition, Victor Lafay ended the team’s 15-year drought and then Ion Izagirre added another stage a week later.

Lafay has since left for Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale but Izagirre remains and is set to ride, with stage wins on hilly and mountainous days again likely to be the target.

Guillaume Martin will ride his eighth consecutive Tour de France and will be the team’s leading GC hope. He’s placed eighth, 10th, 11th and 12th in past appearances, but has never won a stage, so he may prioritise trying to take one from a breakaway.

Bryan Coquard is another rider without a Tour stage win to his name despite many near misses, including a couple of fourth-place finishes last year. He’ll be the team’s man for the bunch sprints, especially on hillier days that weaken the specialists.

While these riders bring experience, 25-year-old Axel Zingle has form and potential. He’s been consistently in contention for multiple semi-Classics over the last few months and could win from a breakaway if he picks the right move.

Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale

  • Team leader: Felix Gall
  • Rider to watch: Sam Bennett, Benoît Cosnefroy

In the middle of an exceptional season, in which they have already racked up more victories than they managed in the last two seasons combined, expectations are high for Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale as they head into the biggest race of the year.

Although the men who delivered stage wins (Valentin Paret-Peintre and Andrea Vendrame) and fourth overall (Ben O’Connor) at the Giro d’Italia will sit this one out as they rest and recover, the core of the other names who have made 2024 such a success are set to be present.

Benoît Cosnefroy has been the team’s biggest contributor with seven of their 23 wins (as of the end of May) and will target the hilly stages, while Dorion Godon will be a candidate in reduced bunch sprints, having won two sprint finishes at the Tour de Romandie in late April.

In the pure flat finishes, Sam Bennett will still be their main candidate, having recently shown signs of returning to form with a haul of wins and GC at the 4 Jours de Dunkerque.

Felix Gall might have had a quieter season to date, but he'll still be the team’s main man for the mountains and their GC candidate.  He finished eighth overall last year after breaking through with a series of good performances in the spring, while he'll also be hoping to replicate his breakaway stage win at Courchevel.

DSM-Firmenich PostNL

  • Team leader: Fabio Jakobsen, Romain Bardet
  • Rider to watch: Warren Barguil

For the Tour de France, DSM-Firmenich PostNL are making the unusual move of deploying the same two leaders as they did at the Giro d’Italia.

In the bunch sprints, Fabio Jakobsen will again line up as he continues to rediscover his mojo. The Dutchman still only has one win to his name (at the Tour of Turkey) since signing for the team this year, and he failed to get involved in the Giro bunch sprints before abandoning during the second week. However, the team still retains faith that he can reach the level that saw him win a stage on his Tour debut two years ago.

Romain Bardet fared better at the Giro than Jakobsen, finishing ninth overall while coming close to a stage win on Bocca della Selva. Though he has made the top 10 in all but two of the eight Tours he has finished throughout his career, his excursions in Italy may mean he targets stage wins this time instead.

With 11 wins to their name – including just one WorldTour race and only three outside the Tour of Turkey – DSM need some big results. That means that another French climber, Warren Barguil , will likely be given the freedom to attack and get into breakaways.

EF Education-EasyPost

  • Team leader: Richard Carapaz
  • Rider to watch: Neilson Powless, Ben Healy

Last season was the first in EF Education-Easy Post ’s 16-year history that they did not place a rider in the top 10 of any of the Grand Tours. That run continued at the Giro d’Italia last month, where they aggressively targeted stage wins rather than GC via constant attacks, and were eventually rewarded in the final week with success from Georg Steinhauser in the Dolomites.

Nevertheless, they intend to strive to finish as high as possible at the Tour with Richard Carapaz as their leader. The 2021 podium finisher and 2019 Giro champion was signed in 2023 to do precisely that but he endured an under-par season last year and is only just showing signs of some form recently, with a stage win and seventh overall at the Tour de Romandie. 

With Carapaz’s form still uncertain, there ought to be plenty of scope for the rest of the line-up to chase their own personal ambitions. Neilson Powless , for instance, could either chase GC as he did in 2023 (when he finished 12th), or stage wins and the polka-dot jersey as he did last year.

Irish puncheur Ben Healy is set to make his Tour debut, and if his Giro debut from last year and performances in the Classics are anything to go by, we can expect him to attack at every opportunity.

Alberto Bettiol ’s form during the spring suggests he could add a Tour stage win to the one he managed at the 2021 Giro, while Marijn van den Berg has also earned a spot on the team thanks to his impressive early season performances.


  • Team leader: David Gaudu
  • Rider to watch: Stefan Küng

A new dawn awaits Groupama-FDJ as they embark upon the first Tour de France of the post-Thibaut Pinot era. Before retiring at the end of last year, Pinot had been the fulcrum of the team, appearing for them in all but two of the last 12 editions — sometimes with great success, other times with great heartbreak.

David Gaudu will seek to fill the void left by Pinot, as he has for several years now. Fourth overall in 2022 remains his highest finish at any Grand Tour, and though a repeat of that looks ambitious given his stuttering form this year, he’s still dreaming of a podium finish.

If Gaudu doesn’t have the legs to mount a serious GC challenge, targeting stage wins may be the team’s optimum approach, and they have plenty of riders capable of delivering on that front.

Rising star Lenny Martinez misses the race in favour of the Vuelta a España, but 21-year-old Romain Grégoire is set to make his Tour debut on the back of some very impressive results this year, including a stage win at Itzulia Basque Country

Valentin Madouas has become a recognisable face from recent Tours without quite winning a stage, though he certainly has the talent to do so. Stefan Küng will, as ever, be a candidate for both the time trials as well as select breakaways.

Ineos Grenadiers

  • Team leaders: Carlos Rodríguez
  • Objective: GC
  • Rider to watch: Tom Pidcock, Egan Bernal

Last year was only the second time in the last decade that Ineos Grenadiers failed to put a rider on the GC podium at the Tour de France. Even since their run of yellow jersey-winning Tours came to an end in 2020, up until then they had still managed to crack the podium through Richard Carapaz (in 2021) and Geraint Thomas (in 2022), but last year their highest finisher, Carlos Rodríguez , finished further down in fifth place.

Still, that result means Rodríguez is the obvious choice to lead the team’s 2024 GC bid, and the 23-year-old has bolstered his status with overall victory at the Tour de Romandie and second place behind Juan Ayuso at Itzulia Basque Country.

Also in the squad are other, more wildcard options for GC. Geraint Thomas would usually be a dependable candidate, but it’s unclear how fresh he will be, having dug deep to seal third place at the Giro d’Italia , while Tom Pidcock has stated that he intends to concentrate on the GC rather than stage wins, despite failing to make the top ten last year.

And what of Egan Bernal ? The 2019 champion has for the first time since his horror crash two and a half years ago shown form approaching his best, with third overall at Volta a Catalunya and top tens at Paris-Nice and the Tour de Romandie, but it remains to be seen if he can manage a sustained GC bid over three weeks.

Michał Kwiatkowski and Laurens De Plus will be on hand to help the aforementioned trio achieve their GC goals, even if the Belgian could harbour ambitions of his own after racing to an unexpected and impressive fifth overall at the Critérium du Daupihiné. 


  • Team leader: Biniam Girmay, Louis Meintjes
  • Rider to watch: Georg Zimmermann

Biniam Girmay returns to the Tour de France hoping for a positive turn in fortunes. So far his season has been blighted by interruptions, with promising form in the early spring classics halted by a crash at Dwars door Vlaanderen, and another crash spelling the end of his Giro d’Italia one day after finishing third in Fossano.

He’s since returned to winning ways with victory at the Circuit Franco-Belge , and looks on course to arrive at the Tour in form. As Intermarché-Wanty ’s star, the onus is on the Eritrean to make an impact and he has the chance to make history as the first-ever Black African to win a stage of the Tour de France. His consistency and versatility also make him a candidate for the green jersey.

Like Girmay, who failed to show his best self at last year’s Tour, Louis Meintjes will be hoping to return to the form that saw him finish seventh overall in 2022 rather than crash out last year.

Meintjes will be the team’s GC leader, but the rest of the line-up will have the freedom to get into break and chase stage wins, much as Georg Zimmermann (who was second on stage 10) did last year. Rouleurs like Laurenz Rex and Hugo Page might fancy their chances of winning a stage this way, too.

Israel-Premier Tech

  • Team leader: Stephen Williams
  • Rider to watch: Derek Gee, Pascal Ackermann

Israel-Premier Tech 's high ambitions from 2021, when they gambled on signing Chris Froome in the hope that he could recover from his horror crash two years earlier and revive his Tour-winning form of old, have since been significantly tempered.

Now no longer a WorldTour team, they've instead depended upon a wildcard to earn entry into the Tour de France, and their hopes are limited to chasing stage wins rather than mixing it up in the battle for the yellow jersey.

Froome himself is still fighting for selection. He’s eager to avoid a repeat of last year when he was left out of the Tour line-up, but his hopes of proving himself worthy were compromised when a fractured wrist sustained during Tirreno-Adriatico forced him to miss almost three months of racing.

His compatriot Stephen Williams is enjoying a terrific season, winning both La Flèche Wallonne and the Tour Down Under. He'll therefore be a top contender for stage wins in the hilly terrain.

The team should have a presence in the sprints, where Tour debutant Pascal Ackermann aims to add to his Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España stage wins and complete the Grand Tour clean sweep.

The rest of the line-up will be made up of stage hunters such as Dylan Teuns (who won here in both 2019 and 2021), and Derek Gee . The Canadian, who last year burst onto the scene with a series of breakaway second places at the Giro d'Italia, makes his Tour debut in the form of his life after scoring a stage win and third overall at the Critérium du Dauphné .


  • Team leader: Simon Yates, Dylan Groenewegen
  • Riders to watch: Michael Matthews

For a second successive season, Jayco-AlUla leader Simon Yates has foregone his usual Giro d’Italia participation in order to concentrate more committedly on the Tour de France.

Last year, this approach turned out to be a success, as he came to the Tour with some of the best legs of his career, eventually finishing fourth overall, and only missing out on a podium finish by 87 seconds to his brother Adam. His build-up to this year’s Tour isn’t so encouraging, however, having not shown much form since winning the AlUla Tour in the winter.

Jayco-AlUla aren’t putting all their eggs in the single basket of Yates’ GC bid. Dylan Groenewegen will be led out in the sprints by the likes of Luka Mezgec to see if he can add to his five Tour career stage wins, having come close last year with a second and third-place finish at Moulins and Paris, respectively.

On days too hilly for Groenewegen, Michael Matthews will step up, and may also try to get into some breakaways as he did to win a stage in 2022. He looked in fantastic form this spring, placing second at Milan-San Remo and, before being relegated for deviating from his line, third at the Tour of Flanders.

  • Team leader: Mads Pedersen, Tao Geoghegan Hart
  • Rider to watch: Giulio Ciccone

As a team boasting a diverse range of talent, Lidl-Trek could feasibly compete for all three of the major jerseys.

For the yellow jersey, they have Tao Geoghegan Hart . He’s only done the Tour de France once in his career and is eager to target GC here while still in his prime years. Victory might seem implausible, but that was also the case when he triumphed at the Giro d’Italia in 2020.

Mads Pedersen finished a distant second to Jasper Philipsen in the points classification last year, though he did score his second stage win in as many years. He's shown the kind of excellent form throughout this year to suggest he could bridge that gap, as well as add to his stage win tally.

As for the king of the mountains, Giulio Ciccone won that classification last year and will now be present to potentially defend that title after saddle sore surgery forced him to skip the Giro d’Italia.

Lidl-Trek might even have had a prime candidate for the white jersey if Matias Skjelmose had opted to ride, but he plans to skip the Tour and save himself for a Vuelta a España overall bid instead.


  • Team leader : Arnaud De Lie
  • Rider to watch: Maxim Van Gils

Compared to other teams, Lotto-Dstny have a laser-focussed approach when it comes to the Tour de France. Not only will it be their first Grand Tour of the season, having opted out of the Giro d’Italia, but they have also narrow down their ambitions to focus exclusively on stage wins, having not placed a rider in the top 10 for 14 years.

They haven’t had success on these terms recently, though, with no stage win to their name since Caleb Ewan’s victories in the sprints during the 2020 edition. The Australian has led the team for the past five Tours, bringing much success initially with multiple stage wins in 2019 and 2020, but nothing in the three editions since then.

He’s now left the team for Jayco-AlUla, and taking his place as Lotto’s leader will be Arnaud De Lie . Much is hoped from the 22-year-old debutant based on his rapid rise over the past two years, and he'll be especially threatening on hillier days where the pure sprinters will struggle.

However, the Tour will be a big step up from the level of competition he’s used to, and he’s only recently r eturned to form after suffering from Lyme disease during the spring.

De Lie might be the most hyped name, but another young Belgian, Maxim Van Gils , has been the team’s best performer so far this season. He finished second on the stage to Grand Colombier last year and has since established himself as one of the very best puncheurs in the world following podium finishes at Strade Bianche and La Flèche Wallonne, and a fourth place at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

2023 super-combativity winner Victor Campanaerts is also set to ride again, though his season to date has been a quiet one.

  • Team leader: Enric Mas
  • Rider to watch: Rémi Cavagna

2024 has so far been another difficult season for Movistar , with Pelayo Sánchez’s stage victory at the Giro d’Italia their only win at WorldTour level all year.

That doesn’t bode well for their prospects at the Tour de France, where they have, in recent years, laboured to reach the levels of the past. They’ve now gone two successive Tours without placing a rider in the top 10, having done so in eight of the nine previous editions.

If any of their roster is to break that duck, it’ll be Enric Mas . The Spaniard has generally been one of the most dependable GC riders of his generation, making the top six in six of his last eight Grand Tour appearances.

However, he has been forced to abandon both of his last two Tours de France, with his participation last summer ending on the first day following a crash.

So far, Mas has enjoyed a solid season without causing too much of a stir, finishing fifth overall at Volta a Catalunya and sixth at the Tour de Romandie. Considering that he normally ups his game for the Grand Tours, that’s encouraging.

New signing Rémi Cavagna is a dependable name in the time trials, breakaways and in helping team leaders on the flat, though the Frenchman hasn't scored a WorldTour win of his own since 2021. Returning star Nairo Quintana won't make the race, meanwhile, after breaking his hand in a crash at the Tour de Suisse.

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  • Team leaders: Primož Roglič
  • Riders to watch: Jai Hindley, Aleksandr Vlasov

For the 2024 season, Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe signed Primož Roglič with the primary objective of winning the Tour de France.

The team might never before have made the podium at any previous edition in their 10-year history, but Roglič has the calibre to challenge for yellow, as well as the desire, having moved from Visma-Lease a Bike for that specific purpose.

The Slovenian has left it to the last minute to show the kind of form he'll need to challenge for the yellow jersey, with his Critérium du Dauphiné victory his best showing of 2024 so far. The week-long warm-up race marked his first race since the heavy crash suffered by him, Remco Evenepoel, and Jonas Vingegaard at Itzulia Basque Country.

His two stage wins at the late summit finishes at Le Collet d'Allevard and Samöens 1600 were his first since the opening day at Itzulia, though a shaky final stage showing – where he shed almost a minute to Matteo Jorgenson and only held onto yellow by eight seconds – could provoke some cause for concern. 

Roglič’s presence means last year’s leader Jai Hindley — who enjoyed a day in the yellow jersey after winning stage five in Laruns before back pain contributed to a slip down to seventh on GC — will be demoted to the role of super-domestique.

While Hindley’s form has tailed away since his impressive third-place finish at Tirreno-Adriatico, Aleksandr Vlasov might believe he has the results to justify potential co-leadership status. With a second place at Tour de Romandie, sixth at Volta a Catalunya and fifth at Paris-Nice, he has been among the team's top performers this year. At the Dauphiné, he proved a reliable and strong deputy for Roglič.

Elsewhere, the rest of the team is geared exclusively towards targeting the yellow jersey, with Champs-Elysées-winning sprinter Jordi Meeus missing out on selection as the team looks to domestiques Danny van Poppel , Nico Denz , Marco Haller , Matteo Sobrero , and Bob Jungels .


  • Team leader: Remco Evenepoel
  • Rider to watch: Mikel Landa, Ilan Van Wilder

In a drastic change of approach, Soudal-QuickStep have abandoned their usual Tour de France strategy of targeting bunch sprints and stage wins, and instead are going all in on Remco Evenepoel ’s push for GC.

This is set to be Evenepoel’s debut Tour, and it’s a hugely anticipated one, given the already enormous star profile he’s built for himself through many superb performances and major results including two Liège–Bastogne–Liège victories, the world title in 2022, and the GC at the Vuelta a España that same year.

His build-up has been compromised after a crash and fractured collarbone at Itzulia Basque Country stalled the momentum that had already seen him win Volta ao Algarve and finish second at Paris-Nice, but the plan remains the same.

His first race back, the Critérium du Dauphiné, saw him score a dominant time trial win, though he faded hard in the closing three mountain stages, losing 2:58 to Primož Roglič. That will be a major cause for concern heading into July.

As part of the team building around Evenepoel, Mikel Landa has been signed up as a super-domestique. The Spaniard has performed this role in the past – at Sky to help Chris Froome win the 2017 Tour de France, and at Movistar for Richard Carapaz’s 2019 Giro d’Italia triumph. Second at Volta a Catalunya and 10th at the Dauphiné suggests he has the legs to do something similar this year, too

Landa will be joined by Evenepoel’s familiar right-hand man, Ilan Van Wilder . The Belgian has ridden in support of Evenepoel many times, most notably during his triumphant Vuelta a España effort two years ago and should be in solid form, too, having placed fourth at the Tour de Romandie.

The team’s focus on GC means there will be no room for in-form sprinter Tim Merlier, despite his success at the Giro d’Italia, nor even home favourite Julian Alaphilippe, as the remaining spots instead go to domestiques including Yves Lampaert , Casper Pedersen , Louis Vervaeke and Gianni Moscon .


  • Team leader: Mathieu Burgaudeau
  • Rider to watch: Steff Cras

When TotalEnergies signed Peter Sagan for the 2022 season, they hoped the Slovakian would be the star name to make them protagonists at the Tour de France. His first edition for them was typically consistent, finishing in the top six of five different stages, but lacking the edge of his heyday; by the following year his powers had seriously waned, and he only made the top ten once.

Sagan now having retired, the team must embark on a new direction. They’ve struggled at the Tour in recent years, and haven’t won a stage since Lilian Calmejane in 2017.

It will be hard for them to break that duck this year. Of the four non-WorldTour entries, they probably have the weakest roster, as reflected by the fact that they’d only won three races this season as of the beginning of June.

Consequently, they’re strategy will be to buy daily tickets in the lottery that is getting into the breakaway. Mathieu Burgaudeau is a particular specialist at this, having finished second and third on stages of last year’s race, and placed second in the King of the Mountains classification at this year’s Paris-Nice riding similarly aggressively.

The likes of Pierre Latour, Anthony Turgis, Geoffrey Soupe and Alexis Vuillermoz all provide experienced options for TotalEnergies to potentially select. And though the team don’t tend to target GC anymore, Stef Cras ’ 11th place finish at the Vuelta a España last year suggests he could become their first rider to crack the top ten since Pierre Rolland in 2015 — although his participation remains up in the air due to his involvement in the horror crash at Itzulia Basque Country.

UAE Team Emirates

  • Team leaders: Tadej Pogačar
  • Rider to watch: Adam Yates, Juan Ayuso

Phase one of UAE Team Emirates ’ great ambition to win the Giro/Tour double this year with Tadej Pogačar was a success, with the Slovenian waltzing to an enormous victory at the first Grand Tour . Now, it’s time for the hard part.

Pogačar won the Giro at a canter, almost 10 minutes clear of second place as he won a staggering six stages without ever appearing to have to stretch himself. But at the Tour, he’ll be up against a much stronger field of GC candidates, none of whom have the accumulated fatigue of having already completed a Grand Tour this season – even if Evenepoel, Roglič, and Vingegaard are all making comebacks from that brutal Itzulia crash.

UAE Team Emirates provided ample support to him at the Giro, with Rafał Majka and Vegard Stake Laengen impressing in particular, but the team is set to ring in the changes with an all-new line-up at the Tour.

On paper, it’s a much stronger group of riders. In Adam Yates , they have the man who finished third last summer, even if his form this year is in more doubt having performed only in patches since winning the UAE Tour in February. Juan Ayuso provides another potential GC option, making his Tour debut on the back of a podium finish at the Vuelta a España and overall victory at Itzulia Basque Country earlier this year. 

More climbing firepower will come from João Almeida , another rider who would slot in as a GC leader at most of the other teams in the peloton. Elsewhere, Pavel Sivakov and Marc Soler bolster the climbing line-up along with Tim Wellens and Nils Politt , the latter pairing set to feature in the engine room during flatter stages.

The team will be hoping Ayuso, Sivakov, Wellens, and Politt recover well from a mass spill at the Critérium du Dauphiné, with Ayuso forced out of the race with pain in both hips as a result.

Uno-X Mobility

  • Team leader: Alexander Kristoff
  • Riders to watch: Andreas Leknessund, Magnus Cort

After making a successful Tour de France debut last year, Uno-X Mobility have been invited back by ASO as a wild card entry again.

Last year, they impressed by being active in the breakaways, with Tobias Halland Johannessen enjoying particular success with three top-six finishes. He’s set to return this year and on the back of some good form, too, having finished sixth at La Flèche Wallonne during the spring.

This time, they’ll have more strings to their bow. In new signing Andreas Leknessund , they have a rider capable of challenging for GC, even if he hasn’t yet shown the form this season that saw him finish eighth overall at the Giro d’Italia last year. And Magnus Cort brings considerable experience as a two-time former stage winner at the Tour, and will be dangerous from an intermediate stage break or reduced bunch sprint.

They will also again have Alexander Kristoff for the bunch sprints, who, though poised to turn 37 during the Tour, has been winning regularly this past month or so and could have it in him to add to his four career Tour stage wins. 

But they are also sure to be one of the main presences in the breakaways, with Jonas Abrahamsen posing a particular threat, having recently won the Brussels Cycling Classic that way.

Visma-Lease a Bike

  • Team leader: Jonas Vingegaard
  • Rider to watch: Sepp Kuss, Wout van Aert

As the Tour approaches, Visma-Lease a Bike are still sweating on the fitness of Jonas Vingegaard . The defending champion’s participation was plunged into doubt when he crashed out of Itzulia Basque Country in April and hasn’t raced since. He has recently returned to training at high altitude, though his exact racing level won't become apparent before the Tour.

Given the severity of that fall, the fact he has a genuine chance of returning in time feels miraculous, but doing so with the form to win the yellow jersey again will be an even bigger ask.

Prior to that crash, Vingegaard had started the season in intimidatingly good form, triumphing at both Tirreno-Adriatico and O Gran Camiño while claiming five stage wins in total, and would surely be the overwhelming favourite for yellow were it not for his fitness and form doubts. 

Should the Dane fail to recover in time, it might be up to Sepp Kuss to fill his boots. The peerless climbing super-domestique proved himself as a Grand Tour GC rider by winning the Vuelta a España last year, though he hasn’t shown anything like that form so far this year. On top of that, he abandoned the Critérium du Dauphiné before the final day of racing as he wasn't feeling 100% .

Like Vingegaard, Wout van Aert , too, is a doubt as he tries to recover in time from the injuries that ruled him out of both the Giro d’Italia and the major spring Classics, though he has returned to racing at the Tour of Norway.

He hopes to join other stalwarts of the previous yellow jersey-winning campaigns Tiesj Benoot , Dylan van Baarle and Christophe Laporte . Matteo Jorgenson will make for a very useful addition to the line-up, bringing a diverse range of talents that has this year seen him win Paris-Nice and Dwars door Vlaanderen and score a surprising second overall at the Dauphiné.

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Tour de France won’t finish in Paris for first time in more than a century because of the Olympics

This photo provided by the Tour de France organizer ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) shows the roadmap of the men's 2024 Tour de France cycling race. The race will start in Florence, Italy, on June 29, 2024, to end in Nice, southern France on July 21, 2024. (ASO via AP)

This photo provided by the Tour de France organizer ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) shows the roadmap of the men’s 2024 Tour de France cycling race. The race will start in Florence, Italy, on June 29, 2024, to end in Nice, southern France on July 21, 2024. (ASO via AP)

This photo provided by the Tour de France organizer ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) shows the roadmap of the women’s 2024 Tour de France cycling race. The race will start in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Aug. 12 2024 to end in Alps d’Huez, French Alps, on Aug. 18, 2024. (ASO via AP)

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PARIS (AP) — The final stage of next year’s Tour de France will be held outside Paris for the first time since 1905 because of a clash with the Olympics, moving instead to the French Riviera.

Because of security and logistical reasons, the French capital won’t have its traditional Tour finish on the Champs-Elysees. The race will instead conclude in Nice on July 21. Just five days later, Paris will open the Olympics.

The race will start in Italy for the first time with a stage that includes more than 3,600 meters of climbing. High mountains will be on the 2024 schedule as soon as the fourth day in a race that features two individual time trials and four summit finishes.

There are a total of seven mountain stages on the program, across four mountain ranges, according to the route released Wednesday.

The race will kick off in the Italian city of Florence on June 29 and will take riders to Rimini through a series of hills and climbs in the regions of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. That tricky start could set the scene for the first skirmishes between the main contenders.

Riders will first cross the Alps during Stage 4, when they will tackle the 2,642-meter Col du Galibier.

FILE -Christopher Blevins, of the United States, races in the mountain bike cross-country short track event at the UCI World Cup, Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, in Beaupre, Quebec. Short-track world champion Christopher Blevins, who has become a mainstay on the mountain bike World Cup podium over the past three years, and Haley Batten will lead a U.S. team with medal ambitions into the Paris Olympics in July 2024. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

“The Tour peloton has never climbed so high, so early,” Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said.

And it will just be just a taste of what’s to come since the total vertical gain of the 111th edition of the Tour reaches 52,230 meters.

The next big moment for two-time defending champion Jonas Vingegaard and his rivals will be Stage 7 for the first time trial in the Bourgogne vineyards. The first rest day will then come after a stage in Champagne presenting several sectors on white gravel roads for a total of 32 kilometers that usually provide for spectacular racing in the dust.

Tour riders will then head south to the Massif Central and the Pyrenees, then return to the Alps for a pair of massive stages with hilltop finishes, at the Isola 2000 ski resort then the Col de la Couillole, a 15.7-kilometer (9.7-mile) ascent at an average gradient of 7.1%.

There should be suspense right until the very end because the last stage, traditionally a victory parade in Paris for the race leader until the final sprint takes shape, will be a 34-kilometer (21.1-mile) time trial between Monaco and Nice.

“Everyone remembers the last occasion the Tour finished with a time trial, when Greg LeMond stripped the yellow jersey from the shoulders of Laurent Fignon on the Champs-Elysees in 1989, by just eight seconds,” Prudhommne said. “Thirty-five years later, we can but dream of a similar duel.”

There are eight flat stages for the sprinters, leaving plenty of opportunities for Mark Cavendish to try to become the outright record-holder for most career stage wins at the sport’s biggest race.

The route for the third edition of the women’s Tour will take the peloton from the Dutch city of Rotterdam, starting Aug. 12, to the Alpe d’Huez resort. The race will feature eight stages and a total of 946 kilometers.

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Cycling regularly is a source of well-being. What's more, it also contributes to improving air quality and reducing environmental risks. It promotes a sustainable future and Riding into the future  is the banner under which the Tour de France has placed its C.S.R approach.

The Tour de France, a cycling monument, is committed to promoting mobility by bicycle. It wishes to generate a positive impact by inspiring all those who can to make cycling a part of their life every day... And there is a massive potential: 60% of travel in France concerns distances under 5 km (and 35% are less than 2 km) but only 4% of such travel is carried out by bicycle.

Riding into the Future: generating a positive impact.

With its Riding into the Future programme, the Tour de France is making real commitments, intended to generate a positive and significant imprint, particularly via three operations:

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It's my turn, I'm taking action

"Beyond the positive and concrete impact produced by Riding into the Future , the Tour de France has been firmly committed for almost 10 years to working towards more environmentally responsible organisation. Alongside 12 other major international sports events, in 2017 the Tour de France was one of the founding members of the charter of 15 eco-friendly commitments , under the aegis of the Ministry of Sports and WWF France (the World Wide Fund For Nature). This charter is an sporting adaptation of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals and each year binds the Tour de France into achieving social and environmental objectives."

  1. Limiting our footprint

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  • 100% of the organiser's Škoda race vehicles are hybrid for the first time.
  • 3 red fully electric ENYAQ iV cars tested on 3 race stages including Christian Prudhomme's vehicle.
  • ENEDIS: fully electric publicity caravan and VIP vehicles.
  • XPO Logistics: tests on natural gas powered trucks at the end of the Tour de France.
  • ANTARGAZ: LPG fuel vehicles.
  • Progressive reduction in the number of vehicles.
  • Use of alternative means of transport: establishment of shuttle buses and access via gondola lifts and chair lifts favoured in the mountains whenever possible.
  • Organisation of eco-driving lessons for race route vehicle drivers and awareness raising sessions for other drivers (in the publicity caravan, media, etc.).

Protecting the environment

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  • 100% of plastic packaging for promotional items has been eliminated (except when imposed by hygiene constraints). This has been extended to all Tour de France products insofar as is possible.
  • 100% of E. Leclerc food packaging is recyclable.
  • Partners are encouraged to produce more useful objects using more environmentally-friendly materials sourced in France or in Europe.


  • Elimination of plastic packaging in gifts, in straws since 2018 and on guests' bracelets, while single-use plastic champagne glasses have been abolished in 2020 and replaced with re-usable glasses.
  • Coffee cups and soft drink tumblers are made from recycled and recyclable cardboard. A special operation is conducted with Vittel and Senseo to recycle cups and with Lemontri for collection and reclamation of this material.
  • 100% seasonal and 100% French food.   

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Protecting the environment and safeguarding biodiversity are a priority for the Tour de France organisers. The Biotope consultancy firm has been assisting the development of the Tour de France since 2010 by assessing the impact of the race on the Natura 2000 European network of special nature protection areas. 

As a result, the 115 zones on the 2020 route have been meticulously studied in order to implement suitable measures to ensure their protection: no distribution of gifts, halt in sound broadcasting, material assistance, no-fly zones, etc. 

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  • 100 000 rubbish bags made from recycled materials are handed out in stage towns and cities.
  • 9 coordinators assist host local authorities, Tour support personnel, riders and members of the public in sorting waste before and during the event. A specific "It's my Tour, I'm sorting" charter and training sessions have been developed for the occasion.
  • 1 hybrid environment vehicle is used to raise awareness about good practices for the general public to follow.
  • 126 waste collection zones for the riders (6 on each stage) are marked out and cleaned up by the organisers.

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The "Tour de France of Biodiversity" is a joint project by the Tour de France, France Télévisions and the French National Museum of Natural History to promote the biodiversity of French regions among the general public. 

A 1′30″ segment on the special areas travelled through by the peloton is broadcast at the start of the coverage of each stage. Furthermore, the Museum publishes a charter of good behaviour and the Tour de France promotes it

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All together, cyclists, the public and the organisers work to make the race a huge success!

1 –  Follow the rules concerning protected natural areas.

2 –  Admire wildlife and plant-life without disturbing them.

3 –  Refrain from parking in natural areas.

4 – Dispose of paper and litter in the designated places.

5 –  Do not light fires.

6 –  Use public transport whenever possible.

7 –  Keep our roads clean and free of paint and graffiti.

8 –  Keep a close eye on pets.

9 –   Find out more about the natural areas through which the race travels.

10 –  Encourage a sporting spirit and the riders!

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Beyond the sporting dimension, discovering and admiring the landscapes of France is part of the Tour de France's DNA: studies conducted for France Télévisions show that the many viewers who watch the Tour de France follow it to admire the landscapes as well as the racing. This is why the French Ministry for Ecological Transition proposes going a step further, by each day providing snippets of knowledge concerning the landscapes through which each stage passes, to combine knowledge, admiration and understanding.

17/09/2020 - Tour de France 2020 - Etape 18 - Méribel / La Roche-sur-Foron (175 km) -

The 2020 Tour de France will let you to go through 12 of the 56 French natural regional Parks. Like a patchwork of the French landscapes, these parks are on one hand wild and beautiful examples of nature, but on the other hand are also inhabited areas, all of which is encapsulated via the treasures they boast in cultural, economic and heritage terms. They are also naturally associated with cycling through the tourist activities on offer but also and increasingly because cycling is one of the means of soft mobility promoted by the Regional Natural Parks.

Lac supérieur de Vens au coeur du parc national

In charge of managing the second life of electrical appliances and as a committed partner to the social/solidarity-based economy, ecosystem believes it is a matter of urgency to get everyone in France involved in responsible recycling.

To us, giving, repairing and renewing materials are ways of increasing the service life and useful life of old appliances, as well as avoiding needlessly extracting new unused raw materials. We encourage all initiatives that make it possible to give a second life to electrical appliances, on the condition that these actions are in compliance with environmental regulations and standards. The reason why we are joining the Tour de France this year is to bring this message to the very heart of the towns and villages on the route and accelerate awareness-raising.  

Ecological gestures of solidarity that are within reach of the largest possible number of people

We can all take actions that make it possible to increase the useful life of an electrical appliance. By giving unused appliances, by repairing them yourself or with the help of a professional, by recycling an appliance that will no longer be used, we can take concrete action that changes things. Did you know that recycling means you protect health and the environment thanks to depollution? That you protect the earth's resources through eco-design, promoting repairs, re-use and recycling of materials? That you also protect jobs and the social/solidarity-based economy thanks to the development of industrial skills in France?

A solidarity-focused initiative to protect the least well-off

In the particular situation that we are currently experiencing, ecosystem wanted to put forward a solidarity-focused and environmental initiative by launching a wide-ranging solidarity-based collection of telephones. This emblematic piece of equipment has also become an essential device for maintaining social links. France's households are home to more than 50 million telephones and this is why we are inviting people, via the web site jedonnemontelephone.fr, to donate their unused mobile phones. In exchange, we are offering 100 telephones to the least well-off in each of the host towns on the Tour de France. Thank you for your solidarity.

2. Sharing together

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Since 2013, local authorities have been able to host a weekend-long celebration of cycling.

These festivities raise awareness among the general public before the riders race through the area.

80% of stage towns and cities host the Fête du Tour each year.

The French Road Safety Authority 's La route se partage ("Sharing the road") campaign is presented by volunteers at the start or the finish.

- 2 awareness-raising vehicles take part in the publicity caravan.

- Stands and volunteers can be found on the Tour de France fan parks in Nice and Châtelaillon-Plage.

During the Tour de France, the Ateliers du Tour workshops run several activities together with the  French Federation of Bicycle Users and the French Federation of Cycling , aimed at young people:

  • Learning to ride.
  • 3 learners' cycle tracks: balance bikes, mountain bikes, cycling proficiency.
  • Learning bicycle repairs.
  • Protecting your bicycle (with the Bicycode anti-theft engraving system).
  • Appointments for refresher training with a local association (Cyclotrope in Nice).
  • Learning safety tips and the Highway Code with the French Road Safety Authority.
  • Choosing the right bicycle with  Cyclable

The Tour de France backs the  French Federation of Cycling by providing funding for:

  • The organisation of races in the under-16, under-18 and under-22 categories (boys and girls).
  • The organisation of training camps .
  • Travel expenses for races.
  • The development of cycling schools and promotion of cycling proficiency.
  • Training (in-race safety, first aid, volunteers, race officials).

13 regional committees receive support.

Finally, the Tour de France provides funding to the organisers of Paris–Roubaix Espoirs, Paris–Tours Espoirs, the Tour de l'Avenir and the Classique des Alpes.

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Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque enables children in developing countries with heart defects to undergo surgery in France, if they cannot be treated in their home country due to a lack of technical resources. Every year, 30 ambassadors for the charity (athletes, artists, journalists and TV hosts) ride the Étape du Cœur ("Stage of the Heart"), a shortened version of an actual stage ridden before the elite riders race the stage. Their aim is to support the cause and give a huge boost to the profile of the charity.

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This scheme aims to use the media to promote civic participation among young people from working-class neighbourhoods. 158 young people have taken part in journalistic immersion programmes at the heart of the Tour de France over the last 9 years.

The actions implemented by the Média-Pitchounes association have focused on 4 main themes:

  • Journalistic immersion on the Tour de France.
  • Organisation of celebrations with underprivileged neighbourhoods in Toulouse.
  • Promotion of cycling.
  • Learning to use media tools

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Since its very first participation on the Tour de France in 2017, the CENTURY 21 real estate network has been running the " A bicycle for a child " operation, whose patron is Bernard Hinault. This operation aims to collect unused bicycles that are still in perfect condition in order to offer them to underprivileged children who then can also fully enjoy the magic of the Tour de France.

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Can anyone beat them tadej pogačar confirms ‘scary’ uae tour de france support crew, 'yates is my righthand man, ayuso and almeida are super climbing domestiques': pogačar sees world-class support for giro-tour double bid..

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Tadej Pogačar revealed who will be his support crew at the Tour de France and the firepower is impressive.

Pogačar, speaking on the Watts Occurring podcast, confirmed who will be backing him at UAE Team Emirates as he takes on the yellow jersey just weeks after winning the Giro d’Italia.

According to Pogačar, here they are:

Adam Yates , Juan Ayuso , Joäo Almeida, Marc Soler, Pavel Sivakov, Nils Politt, and Tim Wellens will provide a mix of brawn and climbing finesse as the Slovenian moves toward the second act of the elusive Giro-Tour double .

“It scares me also,” Pogačar said of the names on the list. “Yates is my righthand man, and Ayuso and Almeida are super climbing domestiques.

“Soler, Sivakov are going to be the bigger climbers and they can do something on the flats. Nils Politt and Tim Wellens,” Pogačar said. “It’s a five-star team.”

UAE Team Emirates brass have to reveal the final official list, but Pogačar said these riders have been the A-list since December.

There are no real surprises.

This Le Tour team means business Tadej Pogačar named UAE Team Emirates’ provisional Tour de France line-up on the Watts Occurring podcast. The final team will be confirmed later this month, ahead of the opening stage on June 29. Getty Images pic.twitter.com/XvtuXrj3eC — Road Code (@RoadCode) June 4, 2024

Some have pointed that Brandon McNulty is missing, but the American — who raced the Tour in 2021 and 2022 — never had the Tour on his radar this season.

Mikkel Bjerg, who raced the Tour from 2021-23, rode in support for Pogačar at the Giro. One key rider in previous Tours for UAE who is missing is Vegard Stake Laengen, who raced the Tour from 2019 through 2023, but he also raced the Giro.

Filling into those key domestique spots are newcomers Politt, who have added responsibility on the flats, and Sivakov.

Yates and Soler are the only riders returning from the 2023 Tour lineup alongside Pogačar .

Ayuso, racing this week at Critérium du Dauphiné, said he’s relishing the chance to race to support Pogačar in what will the Spaniard’s Tour debut.

“There’s no one better to learn about the Tour than riding for Tadej,” Ayuso said. “Everyone is excited to try to help him make history.”

Almeida also makes his Tour debut and will also provide massive horsepower for Pogačar in the approaches to the climbs.

Yates, who rode the vapors to finish third overall in last year’s Tour, will also be back in the marquee “super domestique” role that he played perfectly in 2023.

“There are so many rock stars,” Pogačar said on the podcast. “Maybe the Giro was not super famous riders, but the level of everybody was super high.”

‘The Tour de France start is very hard’


Pogačar also revealed that he wanted to race the Giro as soon as his debut season in 2019, but his surprise win in the 2020 Tour forever changed his trajectory.

“I wanted to do the Giro already in 2019 and 2020, but then there was COVID, and I did the Tour and I won it, and no one expected that,” Pogačar said. “After that, it was all about the Tour.

“At some point I needed to do something else, and I cannot do the same calendar every year, it gets a bit tiring,” he said. “I wanted to do the Giro really bad, and I spoke to them about it after the Tour last year.”

After a week off the bike, Pogačar will head to altitude at Isola 2000 to begin his final touches heading toward the June 29 start of the Tour in Florence, Italy.

Pogačar also confirmed he’s working with a new coach Javier Solana, who will join him Saturday high in the French Alps.

Tadej Pogacar confirmed the UAE Team Emirates Tour de France roster on the Watts Occurring, Powered by Eurosport podcast Can anyone stop this team? pic.twitter.com/NLw9eTT7Id — Eurosport (@eurosport) June 4, 2024

Any hints on tactics?

The opening four stages are explosive and on paper favor Pogačar’s style of racing. The opening stage features 4000m of climbing and Sunday’s stage tackles the famed San Luca above Bologna twice before finishing on the flats.

Stage 4 tackles the Col du Galibier, site of Pogačar’s famous “crack” in the 2022 Tour that opened the door for Jonas Vingegaard to win the yellow jersey.

“The Tour start is hard,” Pogačar said. “In Bilbao we were super-aggressive and it backfired a bit, but the shape wasn’t super good last year. I don’t know, we’ll see about the tactics.”

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Continental sponsors the  Tour de France  - the biggest cycling race in the world - taking place in France annually since 1903. The international platform showcases Continental tyres in a high-performance environment at the yearly pinnacle of cycling racing. Several participating World Tour teams in the race trust in the hand-made Continental bicycle tires from Korbach, Germany. Continental also equips the official vehicles (more than 70) with special branded EcoContact 6 , PremiumContact 7  car tires and for the first time the  UltraContact NXT  which includes 60% of recycled materials. These car tires are designed at the company's headquarters in Hanover, Germany and produced both in Sarreguemines, France and Lousado, Portugal. At the beginning of the cycling season the car tires are fitted at the official garage of the Tour de France in Evry near Paris. During the race the car tyres face challenging conditions such as sudden weather changes, various road surfaces as well as steep mountain ascents and descents. The car tyres provide the official drivers the confidence to focus on delivering a safe tour while being cheered on by millions of passionate cycling fans along the route creating an incredible atmosphere.

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  • Dates: from June 29th to July 21st, 2024
  • Distance: 3.492 km over 21 stages
  • Grand Depart: Florence, Italy
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As a main partner and stage winner presenter Continental awards every Tour de France stage winner with an individual medal on the podium for his special achievement – as many pro cyclists have highlighted over the years: a life-changing moment never to be forgotten in their career.

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The Tour de France route is different every year. But often iconic mountains such as Alp d’Huez, Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux or Galibier feature in the race. Most certainly the cyclists pass through parts of the Alps and Pyrenees at some point and finish with a grand final on the famous Champs-Elysees in Paris. The Tour de France does not start in France every year: the so called “Grand Depart” took place in Brussels in 2019 and will take place in the Basque Country at the north of Spain starting on the first of July in 2023.

For three days, the world´s most famous bike race will pass through the towns and villages of the three beautiful provinces of Alava, Guipuscoa and Biscaye before heading to France.

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Teaching Tour de France Stages in Your Spinning Classes? Here Are Some Fun Resources!

Who watched Stage 1 of the Tour de France today? Edge of your seat exciting!! Sorry that Cavendish is most likely out, but happy for Kittel’s win and, of course, that my very favorite Jens Voigt is in red and white. The British fans are proving that they are truly some of the biggest cycling fans out there. I hope all of our ICA members and readers from the UK has a chance to make to one of the first three stages. Take it from me, you will not regret it! (I’ve been to probably about 35 stages in my life.) If you do go, please share your photos with us!

There are perhaps few things more fun than simulating Tour de France stages in your indoor cycling and Spinning classes! Those of you who regularly teach them know what I am talking about. There is so much fodder for everything an indoor cycling class has to offer: fun, excitement, challenge, emotion, disappointment, overcoming doubt and fear, attacks, sprinting, long climbing efforts, surges, sitting, standing, fast cadence, slow cadence, commitment, lung-busting efforts, recovery, surpassing self-imposed limits, mind-body connection, mental strength, unbridled joy, winning, almost winning, giving your all for your teammate…the list is endless!

If you have not taught a Tour de France stage in your cycling class, the time has come!

We believe that ICA offers the single greatest collection of Tour de France profiles for cycling instructors anywhere in the world. Anywhere. We’ve been told that year after year by instructors who have purchased the program, but we still need to convince you!

We’d like to give you some free tips for making your TDF classes even better than ever. Click here to access the  Top Seven Tips to Rule the Tour de France.  Please share this link with your peers. We want the entire world of indoor cycling studios and gyms to join in the fun!

Here are a few more resources that will add to your quiver of trivia and fun things to tell your riders:

  • Here is a Tour de France training plan from Velonews.
  • Have you ever wondered what the actual rules of the Tour de France were? Click here to download them. Sure, only the geekiest amongst us might care, but you can find out about cut-off times, why they do some of the silly things they seem to do, point systems, restrictions on team cars, restrictions on giving food and water to riders, etc.
  • If you watch the TDF on television, you can imagine the incredible work that goes on behind the scenes to bring this amazing sporting event to millions of viewers. Here is how the Tour de France is broadcast to the world. It’s mind-boggling, the machine behind the Tour!
  • One thing we like to highlight in many of our cycling classes is the ability to overcome challenges and discomfort. We’d be silly to ignore the fact that cycling (outdoors) can be tremendously painful. We like to simulate that intensity indoors but in all honesty, we rarely get close to the true suffering that cyclists endure (which is a good thing)! Nevertheless, that story is a huge part of creating the emotion and commitment amongst our riders.  Here is a great story of a rider who overcame suffering to do his job.
  • An exciting …and sad…first day of the 2014 Tour de France in the UK.
  • Cosmo Catalano blogged about the TDF stages last year. He’s funny, knowledgeable, interesting, and worth reading. He says he’s going to do it again this year (but I didn’t see one today). Make sure to follow him!

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As I mentioned above, today’s stage of the Tour de France through Yorkshire was stunning, replete with yellow sheep! Don’t miss the next two stages, before it returns to French soil. Robert Baldi, ICA contributor extraordinaire, has created an endurance profile around Stage 3 into London. One thing I hear every year is that instructors are challenged with how to teach endurance rides; well, Robert hands this one to you on a silver (or should I say “yellow”?) platter. Of course, there is a bunch sprint at the finish in London, but it is optional.

And for goodness sake, don’t miss Stage 5, one of the single most challenging and important stages of the entire 2014 Tour de France. It starts in Ypres in Belgium, a village completely obliterated 100 years ago in WWI, and rides through some of the most treacherous cobblestones, infamous in the Paris–Roubaix, a race referred to as the Hell of the North (named so after reconnaissance of the area in 1919 to see if they could get the race started back up after the war. The scouts reported that the area of northern France and southern Belgium was so devastated, it resembled hell). This is one of the stages you’ll find in the ICA package, replete with some historical tidbits, impassioned coaching, and music to match the emotional message.

I’m sure you think that you can teach your own time trial. Me too. Actually, most good instructors can (well, those who understand riding at threshold intensity for 15–30 minutes). But when I read Tom Scotto’s time trial profile for Stage 20, I was dumbstruck. I’ve taught well over a hundred time trials in my indoor cycling teaching career, and never have I seen one so emotional and so hard as this year’s Stage 20. Tom goes into the mind of the rider, his struggles and doubts and fears. And every lyric of every song is reflected in what the rider is thinking. It’s uncanny! You may even have a roomful of riders in tears. Don’t blame us, though…blame your impassioned coaching.

Many of these stories that you read about the drama and emotion of each stage can be used to help you create more authentic cueing for your profiles. In the ICA Tour de France packages, we provide even more resources to bolster your stages and your coaching.

If you already teach stages of the Tour, we salute you. We can make your life a lot easier by doing most of the work for you (and you know that we will deliver top of the line profiles)!

If you are scared of teaching stages because you don’t know what to say, or how to describe the racing and the riders, then we will hold your hand and give you the step-by-step details on how to do so.

We’ve got instructors who have purchased the ICA TDF program from the very beginning (this is our fourth year), who come back year after year because they know they will get the most authentic cueing and the most exciting realistic stages anywhere. And they know they’ll save dozens of hours of work.

What are you waiting for? What is your time worth? Download your preferred Tour de France package here .

[Have you purchased the Tour de France package in the past? Anyone who ever purchases the ICA TDF package can purchase yearly updates for only $20. Forever! It’s a fabulous deal. We’ve sent all past purchasers a special e-mail with the link to the special price, but if you haven’t received yours, make sure to contact us at [email protected].]

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Bodysurf : Puatea Ellis score les meilleures vagues du tour mondial 2024 à Hawaï

À 42 ans, Puatea Ellis ne s'imaginait plus faire de compétition... Mais à la fin du mois de mai, elle est invitée à représenter Tahiti à la finale du tour mondial de bodysurf en open chez les dames, à seulement deux semaines de la compétition. Contre toute attente, elle accepte de relever le défi.

Sponsorisée par ATN et de par mon métier, c'était plus facile pour moi de me déplacer et physiquement, je suis tout le temps dans l'eau ! Puatea Ellis

Maître-nageur sauveteur de profession, une des seules femmes waterpatrol , championne de surf, la quadragénaire, fine connaisseuse de la mer et des activités qui vont avec, a pu compter sur son expérience dans l'eau et son cardio pour scorer quelques-unes des meilleures vagues de la compétition. 

La discipline consiste à surfer avec son corps et des palmes uniquement. Le 8 juin, Puatea prend la deuxième meilleure vague notée 10.33, juste derrière Meredith Rose, une championne mondiale de bodysurf. Le 9 juin, elle prend les meilleures vagues de la journée, notées 6.17 et 8.17 avant de s'arrêter aux portes des quarts de finale.

Des performances inattendues dans la mesure où elle n'a suivi aucun entraînement rigoureux en amont, faute de temps.

Je devais faire une seule journée sur les trois jours et finalement, on a réalisé que j'avais un bon niveau.  Puatea Ellis

Prévue du 4 au 14, les organisateurs ont attendu la houle pour lancer la compétition, le 8 juin. Au spot de Point Panic, sur l'île de Oahu, les meilleures séries ont atteint deux mètres. " C'est là où je scorais le mieux " décrit Puatea, habituée aux grosses vagues de récif à Teahupoo, Te Ava 'ino ou encore Taapuna. " Je suis contente, je n'aurais pas pensé faire ce résultat-là ! " s'enthousiasme-t-elle.

La bodysurfeuse aux multiples casquettes était accompagnée de Philippe Moreno, wildcard en open hommes. Son niveau confirmé n'a pas suffi à battre les meilleurs bodysurfeurs du monde mais le Polynésien a été invité à juger la compétition... Il termine l'événement tout en haut de la tour !

Organisée par l’Association hawaïenne Kai Hohonu, la finale de l'International Bodysurfing Association Tour (IBSA) a rassemblé les 72 bodysurfeurs les mieux classés de chaque zone continentale et des trials (48 hommes et 24 femmes) pour décerner les titres mondiaux open 2024.

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Et la soirée électorale vira au coup de théâtre. En annonçant dimanche, dans la foulée des premiers résultats des élections européennes , la dissolution de l'Assemblée nationale, Emmanuel Macron a brusquement plongé le paysage politique et la nation dans l'inconnu. À peine achevée cette campagne électorale conclue par une large victoire du Rassemblement national , avec 31,47 % des voix, selon les résultats provisoires fournis par le ministère de l’Intérieur, le président de la République a activé l'arme nucléaire constitutionnelle, celle qui lui permet de renvoyer tous les députés devant les électeurs. Le premier tour des législatives aura lieu le 30 juin et le second tour une semaine plus tard, le 7 juillet.

Dimanche soir, la rumeur d'une dissolution imminente fait frissonner les états-majors politiques quelques minutes avant qu’Emmanuel Macron n’apparaisse sur les écrans, autour de 21 heures. Car cette décision spectaculaire a cheminé tout au long de la journée électorale dans les premiers cercles du président, alors que la hausse de la participation et de premiers résultats négatifs dans les territoires d'outre-mer et chez les expatriés laissaient présager le pire aux responsables de la macronie. Une poignée de conseillers élyséens et de correspondants réguliers d'Emmanuel Macron ont été mis dans la confidence. L'un de ses proches confidents en parle comme d'un acte…

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le 12/06/2024 à 08:58

la dissolution était prévue depuis longtemps par la macronie : la preuve : les décrets pour les nouvelles élections sont sortis dès lundi alors que cela prend des semaines sinon des mois pour les lois "ordinaires"

le 11/06/2024 à 09:54

Sa prochaine décision si les sondages sont inchangés à une semaine des élections sera l'entrée en guerre de la France !

le 11/06/2024 à 09:50

L'entrée en guerre de la France sera également une surprise ! Cet homme est dangereux !

Européennes : en cas de victoire, Jordan Bardella demandera «la dissolution de l'Assemblée nationale le soir même»

La tête de liste du RN aux élections du 9 juin juge son « combat » comme celui de «la normalisation» de son parti. L'eurodéputé de 28 ans a également ouvert la porte au soutien d'une éventuelle motion de censure déposée par LR.

Européennes : les conservateurs en tête en Allemagne, les sociaux-démocrates de Scholz battus, selon des sondages

Le parti des sociaux-démocrates dirigé par le chancelier allemand Scholz perd derrière les conservateurs et le parti nationaliste.

Législatives: un recours déposé ce mardi au Conseil constitutionnel contre le décret d’Emmanuel Macron

INFO LE FIGARO - Plusieurs spécialistes du droit constitutionnel montent au créneau pour faire annuler le décret qui encadre l’organisation des élections législatives anticipées. Selon l’un d’entre eux, l’offensive juridique pourrait mener à l’annulation ou au report du scrutin.

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