While the overall favorites appear to be from the two stacked teams Ineos and Jumbo-Visma, many other big names are also set to take the start.
The Colombian representation is courtesy of former vice-champion Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic), debutant Miguel Ángel López (Astana) and the EF Pro Cycling trio of Rigoberto Urán, Sergio Higuita and Daniel Martínez.
Richard Carapaz will be Bernal’s right-hand man, while in the absence of Froome and Thomas, Britain’s hopes will rest on Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) will carry the hopes of the country of origin, while Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren), Alejandro Valverde and Enric Mas (both Movistar) are the main GC men in Spain.
Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) will look to improve on his fourth place last year, while other top GC riders include UAE duo Fabio Aru and Tadej Pogačar, Trek-Segafredo leaders Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema , and Ilnur Zakarin (CCC Team).
In terms of sprinters, triple stage winner in 2019 Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) paves the way. He will face Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Elia Viviani (Cofidis), Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), among others.
Dylan Teuns (Bahreïn McLaren), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), Thomas De Gendt and Philippe Gilbert (tous deux Lotto Soudal), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Tiesj Benoot ( Team Sunweb) and the world champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo).
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Live broadcast of the Tour de France
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The Tour de France will be broadcast comprehensively on a number of networks, and will be broadcast live across Europe, Asia and Australia via Eurosport and on Eurosport Player.
You can sign up for a Eurosport Player subscription for £ 6.99 / $ 9.26 for one month, £ 4.99 / $ 6.61 for a one-year monthly subscription, or £ 39.99 / 52.99 $ for a 12 month pass.
the GCN Race Pass, available on the GCN app, also broadcasts the race in the UK and Australia. Access to the UK will cost you £ 39.99 for one year. There is also an option to pay for the Race Pass month by month, although the Yearly Pass is much better.
British broadcaster ITV will also show show the race on their ITV4 channel. Welsh language station S4C will have live coverage and daily highlights.
FloBikes will show the race in Canada. The FloBikes subscription will cost you $ 30 per month or $ 150 for the year, and will give you access to most of the biggest races of the season.
NBC Sports Gold is streaming the race, costing $ 54.99 for a one-year membership that includes a number of other major races.
The race will also be shown on various broadcasters across Europe, including Rai Sport and Italy, RTBF and Sporza in Belgium, and on France Sport In France. SBS will show the Tour in Australia.
If you live outside of a broadcast area or are on vacation outside your country and find that the live streams are geo-restricted, you can get around this problem by having access to it by simulating your return to your home country via a ‘virtual private network’, or VPN, for your laptop, tablet or mobile.
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