The countdown is on for the annual and undoubtedly most famous French race which is a mere half a day away. We take a look at the teams, the riders and some statistics we bet you didn’t know. TDF

2015 Tour de France

The 2015 Tour de France most certainly looks set to be one for the climbers, with three mountainous days overseeing the Pyrenees mountains, closely followed by two big days in the Alps at the end of the three weeks. The final day will see riders tackle the infamous Alpe d’Huez.

Hot contenders

2014 Champion Vincenzo Nibali this year skipped the Giro d’Italia in favour of defending his title. He certainly has a lot of supporters who think he’s the favourite to win, as well as Team Sky’s Chris Froome who is one of the strongest climbers in the pro-peloton. If Froome is victorious, this will be his second TDF win.

Another contender is Nairo Quintana, who is expected to put in a hot battle for that yellow jersey, particularly as this years route is set to favour him with only one short individual time trial and one team time trial.

With this said, no one matches up to the two-time winner Albert Contador in terms of experience. If Contador manager to take another win, he will this year be taking away a Giro-Tour double.

Tour de France in numbers

We’re not usually ones to plug other brands none relating to cycling, but Parcel Force have put together this cracking infographic which highlights the Tour in numbers. Think distances, team statistics as well as tour statistics. There’re certainly some interesting findings here. Check them out.

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The Tour de France teams

22 teams are racing in this years line-up, which we’ve listed below in alphabetical order.

  • AG2R La Mondiale – France
  • Astana Pro Team – Kazakhstan
  • BMC Racing Team – US
  • Bora Argon 18 – Germany
  • Bretagne Seche Environment – France
  • Cofidis, Solutions Credits – France
  • Etixx Quick Step – Belgium
  • FDJ – France
  • IAM Cycling – Switzerland
  • Lampre Merida – Italy
  • Lotto Soudal – Belgium
  • Movistar Team – Spain
  • MTN Qhubeka – South Africa
  • Orica Greenedge – Australia
  • Team Cannondale Garmin – United States
  • Team Europcar – France
  • Team Giant Alpecin – Germany
  • Team Katusha – Russia
  • Team Lotto NL Jumbo – Netherlands
  • Team Sky – UK
  • Tinkoff Saxo – Russia
  • Trek Factory Racing – US

How to watch the 2015 Tour de France

  • Each day, live coverage will be on ITV4
  • Each evening ITV4 will show the highlights from that day from 7:00 – 8:00pm, except for the stage day which will broadcast from 9:00-10:00pm
  • Live coverage and highlights will also be available on Eurosport.

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