Tour de France

Tour de France 2014 mapJuly 4-26 2015

Chris Froome (Team Sky) surged into the race lead on the Mur de Huy to become the third rider in three days to wear the yellow jersey of the 2015 Tour de France.

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) led the general classification after day two, but was caught up in a huge crash that leaves his further participation in the race in considerable doubt.

It looked as if the veteran Swiss rider had missed his chance to wear yellow after Rohan Dennis (BMC) won the opening time trial in Utrecht with an outstanding ride that established a new record for a Tour time trial average speed. However, crashes, wind and rain split the peloton on stage two and Cancellara seized the opportunity, finishing third behind Andre Greipel and Peter Sagan.

Froome now leads by one second over Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick-Step), with Tejay van Garderen 13 seconds from the lead. Of the principal GC contenders, Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick-Step) is 34 seconds behind Froome, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) at 36 seconds, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) at 1m38s, and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) at 1m56s.

The 2015 Tour de France looks set to be one for the climbers with three mountainous days in the Pyrenees followed by two big days in the Alps at the end of the three weeks. The penultimate day of the race finishes at the top of Alpe d’Huez.

Reigning champion Nibali has skipped the Giro d’Italia in favour of defending his title, while Froome, one of the strongest climbers in the pro peloton, will also line up with the aim of taking his second victory.

Quintana is expected to challenge strongly, particularly as this year’s route looks to favour him with only one short individual time trial and one team time trial.

In terms of experience, however, no-one can match two-time winner Alberto Contador, who will continue his quest for a Giro-Tour double when he takes the start in Utrecht.

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Key riders: Vincenzo Nibali | Chris Froome | Alberto Contador | Nairo Quintana

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