We’re nearly there. It’s now just nine days until the start of the Tour de France and this week’s Cycling Weekly magazine brings you the world’s most up-to-date guide to the big race, the route, the teams and the lowdown on all the major contenders.
It’s set to be one of the closest Tours in years, with a four-way battle between Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador. They’ve all had completely different build-ups, with Froome and Quintana particularly under-raced, as opposed to Contador who is recovering after his Giro d’Italia victory. Defending champ, Nibali is doing exactly what he did last year, riding gradually into form.
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It’s an exciting time to be a bike race fan and this is always my favourite edition of the year. For me it’s a perfect time to bow out as editor. Having enjoyed 37 years working for the magazine with 17 of those as editor, this will be my last issue.
I am proud to have been only the 12th editor since the magazine began in 1891 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every reader who has purchased a copy over the years. By my calculations that’s almost 2,000 issues and more than 100,000 pages.
I leave Cycling Weekly magazine in the very capable hands of an extremely skilled and talented team, now led by Simon Richardson.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly magazine