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Everything you need to know about the key riders gunning for glory at the 2015 Tour de France

The 102nd edition of the Tour de France begins with a Prologue time trial in Utrecht on July 4, and there’s a number of key contenders who will be battling it out to arrive three weeks later in Paris wearing the maillot jaune.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) will be rocking up to the start in search of his second win in the Tour, while his arch-rival Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) will also be amongst the starters as he looks to add Tour victory to his Giro d’Italia triumph in May.

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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) will be back to defend his title, choosing to skip his home race at the Giro, as will Nairo Quintana (Movistar) who chose not defend his 2014 Giro title, instead putting his full focus on the Tour.

The 2015 winner is expected to come from this quartet, who have all taken very different routes to build-up to the biggest race of the year, but could we see a surprise victor at this year’s Tour?

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Meanwhile, the sprinters will be battling it out for stage wins as usual, with the likes of Britain’s Mark Cavendish (Etixx – Quick-Step) going head-to-head with Marcel Kittel for the first time this year.

Last year’s green jersey winner Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) will be looking to claim his fourth points jersey in as many Tours, while German André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) will also be on the hunt for a stint in the yellow jersey in the first week after organisers brought time bonuses back to the Tour for the first nine days of racing.

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