Tour de France

Tour de France 2014 mapThe race for the Tour’s yellow jersey is once again wide open after pre-race favourite Chris Froome crashed on stage five. Many of the GC riders would have feared the cobbles of northern France, but Froome didn’t even make it to the first section on the route.

Having injured his wrist in a crash the day before, Froome struggle to control his bike on the wet roads and after three seperate crashes decided enough was enough. He climbed in to the Sky car, unable to move his right hand, and quit the race.

The ball is now in the court of Italian Vincenzo Nibali who took the yellow jersey on stage two and put more time in to his rivals on the cobbles of stage five. The race is yet to hit the mountains however, and this year features 25 classified mountain passes of category 2, 1 and HC. The major climbs include: La Planche des Belles Filles, Chamrousse, Col d’Izoard, Risoul, Port de Balés, Col du Portillon, Col de Peyresourde, Col de Tourmalet and Hautacam.

The 2014 Tour de France starts in Leeds on Saturday, July 5 and finishes in Paris on Sunday, July 27.

Tour information: Start list | Eurosport TV coverage | ITV TV coverage | List of winners

Key riders: Alberto Contador | Vincenzo Nibali | Marcel Kittel | Peter Sagan | Alejandro Valverde | Tejay van Garderen

Previous editions: 2013 TdF | 2012 TdF | 2011 TdF | 2010 TdF