Will this be Mark Cavendish's record-breaking bike? Plus more Tour de France tech ahead of the Grand Depart

Sir Cav will hope his new Wilier Filante SLR brings him his 35th win, Bora teams up with Red Bull for a tour-edition SL8, Israel PremierTech attempts to win over the home crowd and Lidl-Trek race on FSC®-certified rubber

Wilier / Specialized / Factor / Pirelli
(Image credit: Wilier / Specialized / Factor / Pirelli)

Cycling’s racing calendar is packed with storied events, but there’s none quite like the Tour de France. While some prefer the cobbles of Roubaix over the slow build of Milan-San Remo or the seemingly unending climbs of the Giro, le tour is one race we can all agree on. 

So, starting tomorrow, the eyes of the world will once again be on France (and Italy!) as the riders complete the three-week circuit that will not only determine the winners and losers but also celebrate bike racing in all its chaotic beauty. 

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.