Cycling Weekly’s 2013 Tour de France guide goes on sale from Thursday, June 20 and it’s packed with essential, up-to-date information on this year’s big race.

We present a guide to each and every stage of the Tour, including profiles, maps, local knowledge, trivia and impact on each of the three major classifications – general, points and king of the mountains.

Study our team guide to get the lowdown on each of the 22 squads taking part in the 2013 race, including team leaders, 2013 form and what each line-up may contribute to the race.

There are full profiles on each of the major contenders, both for the general classification and for the points classification. We assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Tour’s major stars.

We also take a close look at the bikes used during the Tour, featuring time trial, climbers’ and sprinters’ machines to show you how each is prepared for a specific purpose.

Former Tour leader Sean Yates gives his survival guide to the race, giving an insight into how riders deal with the intense competition, huge pressure and physical effort to make it to Paris.

And as this is the 100th anniversary edition of the Tour, we take a look back an eventful century of cycling.

The 148-page 2013 Tour de France preview issue of Cycling Weekly is on sale from Thursday, June 20, at WHSmith, major supermarkets and all good newsagents priced £4.25.



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