Get the details as the biggest sporting event in the world kicks off this weekend.
It’s the biggest annual sporting event in the world and what’s more it’s free to watch. And it starts in Monaco in the principality of Monte Carlo, France on Saturday 4 July. This year the Tour has two big stories: Lance Armstrong and Mark Cavendish. Armstrong’s comeback to the sport has eclipsed almost everything else in the sport this year. As a seven-time Tour winner, cancer survivor and global brand, he casts a huge shadow over his rivals, even in his own Astana team. Can he win an eighth Tour and, more importantly, how will the 37-year-old cope with the rigours of the race after a three-year absence from the sport? – From BBC