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Hills, heat and hosiery - Tour de France 2015 explained

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By Chris Harris  with VINCENT COSTE
Hills, heat and hosiery - Tour de France 2015 explained

<p>Wheels will begin spinning in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Saturday (July 4) as the world’s most prestigious cycling race gets underway.</p> <p>The 102nd edition of the Tour de France will see the best cyclists tackle 21 stages, totalling 3,360 kilometres.</p> <p>Twenty-two teams, each with nine cyclists, will battle it out on the tour’s varied terrains, from the flat north to the mythic climbs in the south, such as l’Alpe d’Huez near Grenoble.</p> <p>The race, informally referred to as La Grande Boucle (The Big Loop), will finish on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on July 26.</p> <p><hr></p> <h3>If it’s the Tour de France, why is starting in the Netherlands?</h3> <p>In short, money. </p> <p>While it will return to France for next year’s Grand Depart, the race often begins on foreign shores.</p> <p>The start of the race in Utrecht this year will be the sixth time it has set-off from the Netherlands, and the 21st time it has departed away from French soil. </p> <p>Darach McQuaid, a former rider who helped bring the 1998 Tour de France to Ireland, told the <span class="caps">BBC</span> organisers know they can get more money from starting the race abroad, but it’s also about growing the brand and sharing something they are proud of with a new market.</p> <p>McQuaid said Ireland <a href="http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/cycling/27321795">rustled up around £5.5 million (7.7 million euros) to attract the tour</a>. Other estimates put <a href="http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/bretagne/2012/10/25/le-cout-du-tour-de-france-saint-malo-130507.html">hosting the first stage between 2-10m euros</a>.</p> <p><hr></p> <h3>What’s the route this year?</h3> <p>The first stage is in the Netherlands. The tour then moves south-westwards, stopping first in Belgium, before moving across northern France to Brittany.</p> <p>Then for the hills! The tour flies south for three stages in and around the Pyrenees, before heading towards the Alps via Valence.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="nl" dir="ltr">Wat vind jij van het <a href="https://twitter.com/letour"><code>letour</a> 2015 parcours? Iets voor de Nederlandse toppers? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2015?src=hash">#TDF2015</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDFutrecht?src=hash">#TDFutrecht</a> <a href="http://t.co/t6AgaQWBUp">http://t.co/t6AgaQWBUp</a></p>&mdash; Le Tour Utrecht (</code>LeTourUtrecht) <a href="https://twitter.com/LeTourUtrecht/status/524900831335038976">22 Octobre 2014</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p><hr></p> <h3>How do the stages vary?</h3> <p>The first week of the tour is in predominately flat regions, The Netherlands, Belgium and northern France.</p> <p>Here it is all about speed, with races likely to finish with either a few cyclists breaking away to win or a terrifying sprint finish all together.</p> <p>But while that may scare even the most capable of amateur cyclists, it is the mountain stages that separate the men from the boys, with brutal climbs from sea level to 2,000 metres.</p> <p>There is also individual time trial stages. Here riders set off separately, at two-minute intervals, and compete against the clock.</p> <p><hr></p> <h3>What is the yellow jersey?</h3> <p>The yellow jersey is the biggest prize in cycling. If you spot a rider sporting it, it means he is the overall race leader on aggregate time since the beginning of the tour.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Le maillot à pois & le maillot blanc fêtent leur 40 ans /polka dot & white jerseys celebrate their 40th birthday <a href="http://t.co/6sZaan61pO">pic.twitter.com/6sZaan61pO</a></p>— Le Tour de France (@letour) <a href="https://twitter.com/letour/status/588607304880099328">16 Avril 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p>The yellow jersey is likely to change hands often during the early, flatter stages of the tour. But, in the mountains, where the overall title is often won or lost, it is much harder to make up time on a rival.</p> <p>A sliding scale of points is given to the first over the line in each stage and whoever has accumulated the most gets to wear the green jersey. </p> <p>A similar system works for the mountain stages, except more points are awarded the harder the hill is. The winner wears the polka dot jersey.</p> <p>The white jersey goes to the best-placed under-25 rider, while the lanterne rouge term is used to mock the last rider, referring to the red light on trains to mark the last carriage.</p> <p><hr></p> <h3>Does every rider have a realistic chance of winning?</h3> <p>Not in reality. Team members who are judged unlikely to challenge the leaders, called domestiques, tend to do the donkey work. That can mean fetching drinks for their team’s lead riders from the support car or spending long periods at the front of the peloton (the term for a bunched group of cyclists) to help conserve the energy of those behind.</p> <p><hr></p> <h3>Who are the main contenders?</h3> <p>Chris Froome (Team Sky), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) are thought to be among the main contenders for the yellow jersey.</p> <p>Froome and Contador will renew their rivalry, having both crashed out last year in separate incidents.</p> <p>Slovakia’s Peter Sagan will be the man to beat for the green jersey – he’s won it the last three years running.</p> <p><hr></p> <h3>What about Lance Armstrong?</h3> <p>Controversial figure Lance Armstrong, who admitted using performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins, will not be far from this year’s race.</p> <p>He is taking part in a charity event to raise money for Cure Leukaemia. Armstrong will ride stages in mid-July, a day before the real tour rolls into town.</p> <p><hr></p> <h3>What else is new this year?</h3> <p>The first week of the 102nd Tour de France is likely to be sweltering conditions, as a heatwave grips Europe.</p> <p>Cycling Weekly has <a href="http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/racing/tour-de-france/slush-puppies-and-womens-tights-how-tour-de-france-riders-keep-cool-180165">lifted the lid</a> on the range of tricks cyclists use to keep themselves cool in such heat.</p> <p>At one end of the scale there are ice vests, at the other women’s tights. </p> <p>Rider Jack Bauer told Cycling Weekly: “The team car has a cool box of cheap pantyhose full of ice and knotted up at both ends, that’s generally how we do it, and that can be a big help.</p> <p>“Those ice socks help a lot, down your gloves, down your neck, or cubes of ice in your h your helmet.”</p> <p>The other issue looming over the tour is terrorism, a week on from an attack near Lyon and half a year since the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.</p> <p>Some 20,000 police, and firefighters have been mobilised to keep the tour safe.</p> <p>Pierre-Henry Brandet, French interior minister spokesman, told <span class="caps">AFP</span>: “Vigilance will be enhanced on the course to identify abnormal behaviours. It will also be strengthened at the start and finish points, where controls over access will be particularly reinforced.”</p> <p><hr></p> <h3>The teams</h3> <h3>Ag2r La mondiale / France</h3> <br /> <div align="center"><div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)<sup class="footnote"><a href="#fn19805539626378733cb997b">0</a></sup>; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/cyclisme.ag2rlamondiale/posts/914041921972121" data-width="500"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/cyclisme.ag2rlamondiale/posts/914041921972121">Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cyclisme.ag2rlamondiale">Equipe cycliste AG2R LA <span class="caps">MONDIALE</span></a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cyclisme.ag2rlamondiale/posts/914041921972121">Wednesday, 1 July 2015</a></blockquote></div></div></div> <br /> <h3>Astana Pro Team / Kazakhstan</h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2015 Tour de France startlist - 4-26.7.15 – Pre-race interview with <a href="https://twitter.com/lars_boom"><code>lars_boom</a> &#10;<a href="https://t.co/7Oxs3HM0lc">https://t.co/7Oxs3HM0lc</a> <a href="http://t.co/QIv26uFX1P">pic.twitter.com/QIv26uFX1P</a></p>&mdash; Astana Pro Team (</code>AstanaTeam) <a href="https://twitter.com/AstanaTeam/status/615432072832880640">29 Juin 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3><span class="caps">BMC</span> Racig Team / <span class="caps">USA</span></h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Have you downloaded the <span class="caps">BMC</span> Racing Team's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TdF2015?src=hash">#TdF2015</a> roster card? Get it (<span class="caps">PDF</span>): <a href="http://t.co/0snOCGMLRV">http://t.co/0snOCGMLRV</a> <a href="http://t.co/DojV2WlCBW">pic.twitter.com/DojV2WlCBW</a></p>— <span class="caps">BMC</span> Racing Team (@BMCProTeam) <a href="https://twitter.com/BMCProTeam/status/614425398294646784">June 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>BoraArgon18 / Germany</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">. <a href="https://twitter.com/LeTourUtrecht"><code>LeTourUtrecht</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/letour"></code>letour</a> Our 9 guys surely are. See you next week! <a href="http://t.co/AIG0LHwck4">pic.twitter.com/AIG0LHwck4</a></p>— <span class="caps">BORA</span> – <span class="caps">ARGON</span> 18 (@BoraArgon18) <a href="https://twitter.com/BoraArgon18/status/613973339661574144">June 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Bretagne-Séché Environnement / France</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Notre équipe pour <a href="https://twitter.com/letour"><code>letour</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tour2015?src=hash">#Tour2015</a> Sepulveda, Brun, Delaplace, Fédrigo, Brice Feillu, Fonseca, Gérard, Périchon, Vachon <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BSE2015?src=hash">#BSE2015</a></p>&mdash; Bretagne-Séché (</code>EquipeBSE) <a href="https://twitter.com/EquipeBSE/status/615196033790935040">June 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Cofidis / France</h3> <p><br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Voici donc les 9 coureurs qui participeront au Tour de France à partir de samedi prochain ! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2015?src=hash">#TDF2015</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF?src=hash">#TDF</a> <a href="http://t.co/L5wS4AtWfL">pic.twitter.com/L5wS4AtWfL</a></p>— Team <span class="caps">COFIDIS</span> (@TeamCOFIDIS) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamCOFIDIS/status/615535670904385537">June 29, 2015</a></blockquote></p> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Etixx – Quick-Step / Belgium</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">FAN</span> <span class="caps">EXCLUSIVE</span>: Our <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2015?src=hash">#TDF2015</a> selection video! ReTweet to spread the news! <a href="https://t.co/AL6m2UUCx2">https://t.co/AL6m2UUCx2</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OurWay?src=hash">#OurWay</a></p>— Etixx – Quick-Step (@Etixx_QuickStep) <a href="https://twitter.com/Etixx_QuickStep/status/614438034130530304">June 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3><span class="caps">FDJ</span> / France</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Découvrez la composition de l'équipe <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FDJ?src=hash">#FDJ</a> pour le <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF?src=hash">#TDF</a> 2015 : <a href="http://t.co/sxCCR0DGmx">pic.twitter.com/sxCCR0DGmx</a></p>— Equipe <span class="caps">FDJ</span> (@EquipeFDJ) <a href="https://twitter.com/EquipeFDJ/status/613718247637188608">24 Juin 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3><span class="caps">IAM</span> Cycling / Switzerland</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="de" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IAMTDF?src=hash">#IAMTDF</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/letour"><code>letour</a> | BRÄNDLE | PANTANO | WYSS | CHAVANEL | FRANK | ELMIGER | CLEMENT | COPPEL | HOLLENSTEIN | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamIAM?src=hash">#TeamIAM</a> <a href="http://t.co/Eq9n7ag0xV">pic.twitter.com/Eq9n7ag0xV</a></p>&mdash; ✚ Team IAM Cycling (</code>IAM_Cycling) <a href="https://twitter.com/IAM_Cycling/status/613651914438389760">June 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Lampre Merida / Italy</h3> <p><br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Our Guys for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2015?src=hash">#TDF2015</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/letour"><code>letour</a> thx to <a href="https://twitter.com/sakartdesign"></code>sakartdesign</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Suomy?src=hash">#Suomy</a> <a href="http://t.co/cnZIcCqirW">pic.twitter.com/cnZIcCqirW</a></p>— Team Lampre Merida (@lampre_merida) <a href="https://twitter.com/lampre_merida/status/615875287302176769">June 30, 2015</a></blockquote></p> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Lotto-Soudal / Belgium</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">These nine riders will represent <a href="https://twitter.com/Lotto_Soudal"><code>Lotto_Soudal</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/letour"></code>letour</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2015?src=hash">#TDF2015</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/liveyourdream?src=hash">#liveyourdream</a> <a href="http://t.co/XSv46S9dV0">pic.twitter.com/XSv46S9dV0</a></p>— Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Lotto_Soudal/status/613633978185187328">24 Juin 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Movistar / Spain</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Unzué: "The most balanced group we could bring to <a href="https://twitter.com/letour"><code>letour</a>&quot; - <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2015?src=hash">#TDF2015</a> dossier and info: <a href="http://t.co/823IQxm8kl">http://t.co/823IQxm8kl</a> <a href="http://t.co/iAy4B8iMyO">pic.twitter.com/iAy4B8iMyO</a></p>&mdash; Movistar Team (</code>Movistar_Team) <a href="https://twitter.com/Movistar_Team/status/615451208732528641">29 Juin 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Mtn-Qhubeka / South Africa</h3> <p><br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ICYMI?src=hash">#ICYMI</a> we announced our <a href="https://twitter.com/letour"><code>letour</a> team today! Announcement: <a href="http://t.co/dEZfBz3caW">http://t.co/dEZfBz3caW</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BicyclesChangeLives?src=hash">#BicyclesChangeLives</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AfricasTeam?src=hash">#AfricasTeam</a> <a href="http://t.co/UGIY1BTYit">pic.twitter.com/UGIY1BTYit</a></p>&mdash; Team MTN-Qhubeka (</code>TeamMTNQhubeka) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamMTNQhubeka/status/613350339740336128">23 Juin 2015</a></blockquote></p> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Orica GreenEDGE / Australia</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">ICYMI</span>: We announced our 9-rider line up for <a href="https://twitter.com/letour"><code>letour</a> earlier today. More: <a href="http://t.co/bgajFNn2Ck">http://t.co/bgajFNn2Ck</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2015?src=hash">#TDF2015</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OGErocks?src=hash">#OGErocks</a> <a href="http://t.co/SVAt7Ooj2U">pic.twitter.com/SVAt7Ooj2U</a></p>&mdash; ORICA-GreenEDGE (</code>ORICA_GreenEDGE) <a href="https://twitter.com/ORICA_GreenEDGE/status/615841077841498113">30 Juin 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p><h3>Cannondale-garmin / <span class="caps">USA</span></b></p> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">ICYMI</span>. We named our <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2015?src=hash">#TDF2015</a> team + unveiled our <a href="https://twitter.com/cannondalePro"><code>CannondalePro</a> bike + <a href="https://twitter.com/CastelliCycling"></code>CastelliCycling</a> kit: <a href="http://t.co/XlG8FVJDV6">http://t.co/XlG8FVJDV6</a> <a href="http://t.co/i7MdrXjEkj">pic.twitter.com/i7MdrXjEkj</a></p>— Cannondale-Garmin (@Ride_Argyle) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ride_Argyle/status/615649044170313728">29 Juin 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Europcar / France</h3> <p><br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Découvrez les 9 coureurs qui participeront au Tour de France 2015 ! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2015?src=hash">#TDF2015</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF?src=hash">#TDF</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TwittCyclos?src=hash">#TwittCyclos</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AllezLesVerts?src=hash">#AllezLesVerts</a> <a href="http://t.co/YkvJrBtgTT">pic.twitter.com/YkvJrBtgTT</a></p>— Team Europcar (@TeamEuropcar_fr) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamEuropcar_fr/status/615508701001220096">29 Juin 2015</a></blockquote></p> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Giant-Alpecin / Germany</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2015?src=hash">#TDF2015</a> We are pleased to announce our final nine-rider line-up for <a href="https://twitter.com/letour"><code>letour</a>: <a href="http://t.co/a5RWSklUyS">http://t.co/a5RWSklUyS</a>. <a href="http://t.co/XjMORDrKel">pic.twitter.com/XjMORDrKel</a></p>&mdash; Team Giant-Alpecin (</code>GiantAlpecin) <a href="https://twitter.com/GiantAlpecin/status/614048202661187584">25 Juin 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Katusha / Russia</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="es" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2015?src=hash">#TDF2015</a> Kozonchuk Guarnieri Haller Paolini Kristoff Rodriguez Machado Caruso Losada <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/katushateam?src=hash">#katushateam</a> <a href="http://t.co/9LUYGyjqK5">pic.twitter.com/9LUYGyjqK5</a></p>— Katusha Team (@katushacycling) <a href="https://twitter.com/katushacycling/status/613988891784298496">25 Juin 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Lotto NL – Jumbo / The Netherlands</h3> <p><br /> <div align="center"><div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)<sup class="footnote"><a href="#fn19805539626378733cb997b">0</a></sup>; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=535897386559028"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=535897386559028"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=535897386559028">Line-up Tour de France</a><p>Our team line-up for this Le Tour de France</p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TeamLottoNLJumboCycling">Team Lotto NL Jumbo Cycling</a> on Wednesday, 1 July 2015</blockquote></div></div></div></p> <br /> <h3>Team Sky / United Kingdom</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Find our more about our <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TDF2015?src=hash">#TDF2015</a> team, plus reaction from <a href="https://twitter.com/chrisfroome"><code>chrisfroome</a> &amp; Sir Dave Brailsford: <a href="http://t.co/NhN7zepv9w">http://t.co/NhN7zepv9w</a> <a href="http://t.co/xMjHgNoKNT">pic.twitter.com/xMjHgNoKNT</a></p>&mdash; Team Sky (</code>TeamSky) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamSky/status/615460131225124864">29 Juin 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>Tinkoff-Saxo / Russia</h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Did you know that our <a href="https://twitter.com/letour"><code>letour</a> squad has a total of 88 Grand Tour starts? Read more here: <a href="http://t.co/lb8zlIgHyh">http://t.co/lb8zlIgHyh</a> <a href="http://t.co/jquZkmgM3K">pic.twitter.com/jquZkmgM3K</a></p>&mdash; Tinkoff Saxo (</code>tinkoff_saxo) <a href="https://twitter.com/tinkoff_saxo/status/615616627376324608">29 Juin 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <h3>TrekFactory / <span class="caps">USA</span></h3> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">ICYMI</span>, fans are first on this team: <a href="https://t.co/Pf5toF3B62">https://t.co/Pf5toF3B62</a></p>— Trek Factory Racing (@TrekFactory) <a href="https://twitter.com/TrekFactory/status/613445033128128512">23 Juin 2015</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>