Tour de France

Tour de France 2014 mapThe Tour de France 2014 starts with two stages in Yorkshire before winding its way down to London on the third day. When the route returns to France, there is more variety in store with the cobbles of northern France (nine cobbled sections on stage five to Arenberg) featuring before the Alps and then Pyrenees.

With very few time trial kilometres, it looks like being a race for the climbers, and Chris Froome (Team Sky) will be favourite once again. This year’s Tour 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.

Key riders: Chris Froome | Vincenzo Nibali | Mark Cavendish | Bradley Wiggins

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