In the latest preview video, we look ahead to the Grand Départ and first week of the 2016 Tour de France, which starts on Saturday July 2.

Beginning at Mont-Saint-Michel and finishing near Utah Beach 188km later, the opening stage is expected to be a battle of the sprinters. Riders such as Marcel Kittel, André Greipel and Mark Cavendish will be looking to pull on the first yellow jersey of this year’s race.

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However, the coastal roads and likelihood of crosswinds could split the bunch and leave some riders the wrong side of a gaping time gap. This scenario will prove even more detrimental if an overall contender finds themselves with a time deficit after just one stage.

By stage five the climbers and GC contenders will be on the nose of the peloton as the stage finishes on a climb. Tiny compared to the mountains to come it could still bring the favourites out to test their legs.