The 2009 Tour de France is just four weeks away, and this year’s looks set to go down as a classic edition of the world’s biggest bike race.

With a stunning route and an equally strong set of overall contenders, the 2009 Tour will be a roller-coaster ride from beginning to end. And to make sure that you know everything about the big event, we’ve produced Tour magazine – a comprehensive, no-nonsense guide to the 2009 Tour de France.

There’s an in-depth stage-by-stage preview; list of the main contenders; team guide; coolest bikes of the Tour; Lance Armstrong’s comeback; British riders; and much more.

If that wasn’t enough, the magazine includes a free DVD featuring two great full-length cycling films – The science of Lance Armstrong and Cycling Legend – Eddy Merckx.

Tour magazine is on sale now at WHSmith, major supermarkets and all good newsagents priced £6.95. You can also purchase it through our online shop, post free.

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