June 22, 2017 5 min read
The 104th edition will start in Dusseldorf, Germany on Saturday the 1st of July and will finish in a sprinter's paradise on the Champs Elysees, Paris on the 23rd July. This year's route covers 3540km over 21 stages.
This year's tour will also visit Belgium and Luxembourg.
The first stage in Dusseldorf is a 14km time-trial around the streets of the city and the penultimate stage is a 22.5km time-trial entirely on urban roads around Marseille.
The riders will be competing for the following jerseys:
The yellow jersey is worn by the leader of the general classification.
The green jersey is worn by the leader of the points classification. Points are awarded for intermediate sprints and at the finish of each stage.
The red polka dot jersey is worn by the best climber in general classification. Points are awarded at the top of every categorised climb.
The white jersey is worn by the best young rider under the age of 26 in the general classification.
Will anything out of the ordinary happen this year similar to seeing Chris Froome running up a mountain in 2016?
The build up to the 2017 tour has seen some great racing from all of the favourites with a fascinating end to the Criterium du Dauphine which seen at one stage Chris Froome attacking and leading the virtual GC on the road only to lose time on the final climb when Jakob Fuglsang attacked and rode to victory. Richie Porte went into the final stage wearing yellow after great performances all week including the individual time trial but unfortunately after multiple attacks from the GC contenders on the final stage was left isolated and ended up 2nd overall.
Richie Porte has had a great season so far in 2017 with victories in the Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie. He finished second recently at the Criterium du Dauphine after a great performance. Richie will be relying on his BMC teammates to be around him in the mountains to ensure he is supported and not left isolated.
Chris Froome has slowly been improving throughout 2017 however he has not had any wins so far this season. Chris is the defending Tour de France Champion and has won three previous tours including 2013, 2015 and 2016. In the last couple of years, Chris has really improved his race craft and descending which will be very important in what is likely to be a very close Tour de France.
Nairo Quintana was targeting to do the double in 2017 and win the Giro d’italia and Tour de France but unfortunately he was not able to match the strength of Tom Dumoulin over the 3 weeks. Nairo did finish a fantastic 2nd overall on general classification and won the 2016 Vuelta a Espana. With 3 weeks racing in his legs this could be the perfect preparation for Nairo to take the overall this year in France.
Alberto Contador has a number of palmares to back him up as one of the favourites for this year's Tour de France including 3x winner of the Vuelta a Espana, 2x winner of the Giro d’Italia, 2x Tour de France and 2x Paris-Nice winner. This years Paris-Nice was a fantastic race that came down to the final stage but unfortunately, Alberto lost out by 2 seconds.
Dan Martin has been having a great season to date finishing 3rd overall in GC, both at Paris-Nice and the recent Criterium du Dauphine. Finishing 2nd overall in the two of the one-day classics Liege-Bastogne-Liege and La Fleche Wallonne is reflective of Dan’s strong start to the season. This could be a breakout tour for Dan and many are expecting a strong result.
Alejandro Valverde has been confirmed as the second rider on the Movistar team roster for this year's Tour after a consistent year so far taking two wins in the Belgian one-day classics including beating Dan Martin in both the La Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. He rode an attacking race at the Criterium du Dauphine but only ended up 9th on GC.
Romain Bardet finished 2nd at the 2016 Tour to show his strong credentials for overall GC ambitions. Before the Criterium du Dauphine, Romain and his A2GR team were at a 16-day altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada where they covered 1300km and climbed 27000m. Romain finished 6th at the Criterium du Dauphine showing good form.
Fabio Aru was set to lead the Astana team in the Giro d’Italia but an unfortunate crash while at a training camp in the Sierra Nevada earlier in the season forced him to sit it out. He will now join Jakob Fuglsang in a shared leadership role at the Tour. Fabio has previously won the Vuelta in 2015 as well as finishing 2nd and 3rd at previous editions of the Giro. Fabio put in a strong performance at the recent Criterium du Dauphine to finish 5th overall on GC. It looks like Astana will have a very strong team at this year's Tour.
Jakob Fuglsang has had a fantastic build up to the Tour de France by winning the Criterium du Dauphine. Jakob started the final stage 1 minute 15 seconds down on Richie Porte but attacked on the final climb to take back the time and won thanks to the 10 bonus seconds he got for winning the stage. In 2016 Jakob finished 2nd overall in the Olympic Games road race in Rio.
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