Chris Froome will begin his season Down Under at the Herald Sun Tour on February 3, while Nairo Quintana starts at the Tour de San Luis in January

Routes to a Grand Tour differ greatly, with some riders preferring to start their seasons as early as possible, while others like to delay their entrance to racing in order to limit their racing days.

Chris Froome always likes to wait until February before pinning on his race number, while someone like Vincenzo Nibali often starts his season by entering the first possible race.

So here is a look at where and when all the Grand Tour riders will race first, beginning with the 2015 Tour de France winner.

Chris Froome – Herald Sun Tour (February 3-7)
Alberto Contador – Volta ao Algarve (February 17-21)
Nairo Quintana – Tour de San Luis (January 18-24)
Alejandro Valverde – Challenge Mallorca (January 28-31)
Vincenzo Nibali – Tour de San Luis (January 18-24)
Fabio Aru – Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (Feburary 3-7)
Tejay van Garderen – Ruta del Sol (February 17-21)
Richie Porte – Tour Down Under (January 19-24)
Romain Bardet – Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise (January 31)
Thibaut Pinot – Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise (January 31)
Tom Dumoulin – Tour of Oman (February 17-22)
Joaquim Rodriguez – Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (Feburary 3-7)
Mikel Landa – Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (Feburary 3-7)
Geraint Thomas – Tour Down Under (January 19-24)
Domenico Pozzovivo – Tour Down Under (January 19-24)

  • andrew1953

    So late January / early February for most riders. Anyone injured which will make late starts to 2016.