Saturday, July 5th, the 2014 Tour de France starts in Leeds, United Kingdom as the first of three stages held on English soil. (Slideshow route/profile)
It seems fitting given that riders representing Britain have won the last two additions. Also, sprint ace Mark Cavendish will be eyeing up stage wins on home soil and a possible stint in the yellow jersey.
As for Chris Froome, he will fancy his chances of retaining the title on what looks like a climber’s course. He will have tough competition however with Alberto Contador out for revenge after his failed Tour of 2013 and Vincenzo Nibali stating his goal for the year in no uncertain terms.
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