The Tour de France will begin on Saturday, June 29th for its 100th staging and will include the Mediterranean island of Corsica. The Tour’s 100th staging will be held entirely within France’s borders for the first time since 2003.
This year’s tour is composed of 21 stages – one team trial, two individual time trials, five hilly, six mountainous, seven flat stages, with four summit finishes. Race participants will climb the Alpe d’Huez Mountain twice on stage 18.
Chris Froome is aspiring to match fellow Briton Sir Bradley Wiggins’s feat last year. 2012 champion Wiggins is not joining the race this time, because of injury. Alejandro Valverde, Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador are expected to challenge Froome in this year’s Tour.
Mark Cavendish, the British road race champion, is setting his sights on the green jersey, which is awarded to the race’s top points finisher.
Cyclists will do a full lap around the l’Arc de Triomphein the race’s final stage in Paris, which will be held in the evening for the first time to celebrate its 100th edition.