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When the starting signal for the 107th Grand Tour of France is given in Nice on August 29th under very special circumstances and the 176 riders set off on the 3484 km long route to Paris, winners will be determined, while courageous runaways and brave climbers will fight for recognition. With our exclusive selection of road bikes, components, accessories and clothing in tour and team designs, you too can share your passion for cycling. » Read more
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It will be difficult for sprinters like the eleven-time stage winner André Greipel from Team Israel Start-Up Nation to win an early stage victory or even wear the yellow jersey. The course, which this year remains exclusively in France, leads into the mountains early on and is therefore more promising for climbers and allrounders. Three-time road world champion, multiple classics winner and 7-time winner of the green jersey Peter Sagen will surely have some chances for stage victories there. Already the second stage after the start in Nice will be more than hilly with about 4000 meters altitude gain and offers two mountains of the first category and therefore also escape group experts like Greipel's team mate Nils Pott or Nikias Arndt from Team Sunweb the possibility to cause a sensation.
The top favorites around the defending champion Egan Bernal from Team Ineos will probably still hold back in the ealry stages. Especially since the young Colombian will be at the start without the tour winners Christopher Froome and Geraint Thomas. Primož Roglič from Team Jumbo-Visma has not been an insiders' tip for a long time and after the victory of the Tour of Spain, he wants to show off at the Grand Loop as well. But he also has to do without his most important helper and last year's third Steven Kruijswijk, after he suffered injuries from a crash.
The Bora-hansgrohe team also has to struggle with consequences of crashes. 27-year-old Emanuel Buchmann was only 26 seconds behind third place last year, but after an unfortunate accident on a downhill on the Col de Plan in the Dauphiné Tour just 14 days before the start of the Tour, his health and fitness are not at 100%. His most important companion Maximilian Schachmann also crashed into a car during the Tour of Lombardy and broke his collarbone, but will still be at the starting line in Nice. German top climber Lennard Kämna will be even more important for the team this year.
The first mountain arrival already awaits the riders on the 4th stage. This could already have big implications for the overall standings. The 22 teams will have to master a total of eight demanding mountain stages in the Pyrenees, Alps and Massif Central in the saddle before the 2.3 million euros in prize money are fully awarded. But there is so much more to win than money in the world's most important cycling race. Fame and honor, the love of the fans, but above all an entry in the annals of cycling and the chance to be named in the same breath as the heroes of the past.
The 15th stage over two 1st category mountains, including a very steep section at Montée de la Selle de Fromentel, and a big finish at Grand Colombier could be especially epic. Hopefully well regenerated after the rest day, the 17th stage will continue with the uphill theme. Two mighty mountains of the Hors Catégorie are waiting for the Peleton: the 2000 m high Col de Madeleine and the 2304 m high final ascent to the Col de la Loze. This is followed by another difficult alpine stage with a two-kilometer gravel section and, after a flat stage in the Jura, the potentially decisive individual time trial.
And it is not flat at all this year, which is why it's less suitable for time trial specialists like Tony Martin. The 30 flat kilometers are followed by a 6 km long climb with a gradient of about 8.5%. So there will be a thrilling battle for the overall victory and for the points jersey of the best climber right up to the end. Some strong climbers and all-rounders, such as Richie Porte from the Santini Team Trek-Segafredo, can certainly benefit from one of the most demanding routes ever and the many cancellations.
As the largest annual sporting event in the world, the Tour is also a masterpiece of organisation. The teams are traveling with a 12-ton truck and several team vehicles to transport the huge amount of material and food for the riders. Even smaller teams such as Team Cofidis or Team Arkéa Samsic around the co-favorite Nairo Quintana have several sporting directors, masseurs, mechanics, doctors, chauffeurs and cooks with them for the duration of the tour.
In addition, every team carries at least 30 road bikes worth 7,000-15,000 euros, which have been designed to be even more streamlined than ever before. The matching road helmets, glasses and caps and around 50 saddles, handlebar tapes, sprockets, handlebars and wheels are a must. For team and individual time trials, at least 20 additional aerodynamic time trial bikes, time trial suits, special Aeorbars (up to approx. 500 Euro) and the drop-shaped aero helmets (170-600 Euro) are required. Road bike shoes, pedals, shift components - the list could be continued for a long time to come. And for the many jerseys, socks, arm and leg warmers, jackets, gloves and trousers, washing machines are available in the team bus, so that not only the riders' legs are fresh again at the start of the next stage.
In order to replenish the up to 15,000 kilocalories that a professional cyclist burns per stage as quickly as possible, many carbohydrates are needed. Each team has between 2000-3000 gel and bars with them, which can be consumed on the bike. Against thirst and for the spectators each team has approximately 3000 bottles on stock. They are not only very popular as water dispensers, but also as souvenirs. So everything has been thought of. The cyclists only have to do the pedaling themselves.
21 stages, relentless sprints, the finest racing bikes, contested jerseys and legendary climbs.