The 102nd Tour de France already looks set to be another memorable edition of the famous race and the route promises to deliver plenty of fireworks.
While traditionalists, and Chris Froome, may be disappointed with the lack of individual time trial kilometres this time around, we’ve got plenty of hills, mountains and cobbles to keep the racing interesting from start to finish.
The general classification contenders will have to make sure not to be caught out on the short, but steep, climb before turning their attentions to the pavé sections of stage four.
Chris Froome crashed out of last year’s race on the cobbled stage, followed soon after by Alberto Contador on stage 10, while Colombian Nairo Quintana entered a few cobbled races in the spring to ready himself for the challenge.
A team time trial on stage nine comes before the first rest day, when the peloton transfer down to the Pyrenees for the first of the mountain stages including the formidable Col du Tourmalet on stage 11.
Then comes the Alps and there’s no let up on the climbing. With the penultimate stage taking in both the Galibier and Alpe d’Huez in a short 110km jaunt, it’s sure to be a thrilling climax to the race.