Colombia’s Egan Bernal, left, is the defending champion and still the rider to beat in 2020.Credit:AP
Team: Ineos-Grenadiers (GB)
Best Overall Tour Result: 1st (2019)
Season Highs: 1st overall and stage 3 Route d’Occitanie, 2nd overall Tour de l’Ain, 2nd Colombian road race title, 3rd Colombian time trial title, 4th overall Tour Colombia
Comment: Defending champion. Superb climber. Showing improving form, until he abandoned Criterium du Dauphiné due to back pain before the second last stage.
Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic with teamates at the Tour de France team presentation.Credit:AP
Team: Jumbo-Visma (Neth)
Best Overall Tour Result: 4th (2018)
Season Highs: 1st overall (plus stages 2 and 3 and points classification) in Tour de l’Ain, 1st stage 2 Criterium du Dauphine, 1st Slovenian road title, 2nd Slovenian time trial title.
Comment: Tour stage wins in 2017 and 2018, a rider for all terrain. Has an ever increasing confidence to lead. Crashed out of Criterium du Dauphiné, but expect him to be on point.
Team: Groupama-FDJ (Fra)
Best overall Tour result: 3rd overall 2015 (stage wins 2012, 2015, 2019)
Season Highs: 2nd overall Criterium du Dauphiné, 4th overall Route d’Occitanie, 5th overall Paris Nice, 6th overall Tour des Alps Maritimes et du Var, 7th overall Tour de la Provence
Comment: Fourth in the 2017 Giro d’Italia and 6th in the 2018 Vuelta a Espana, the Frenchman is showing good form, and most important great morale. A crowd favourite.
Team: Bahrain-McLaren (Bah)
Best overall Tour result: 4th overall 2017, 7th in 2018, sixth in 2019.
Season Highs: 2nd overall Vuelta a Burgos, 3rd overall Vuelta a Andalucia
Comment: Fourth in last year’s Giro d’Italia, he can expect a free rein to lead his team after leaving the shackles of Movistar. Will vie for the podium.
Nationality: The Netherlands
Team: Jumbo-Visma (Neth)
Best overall Tour result: 2nd overall (2018)
Season Highs: 7th overall Criterium du Dauphiné
Comment: The winner of the 2017 Giro d’Italia and runner-up in 2018, he is on a reassuringly slow boil after returning from a knee injury last year. Could well build into this tough Tour route.
Miguel Angel Lopez
Team: Astana Pro Team (Kaz)
Best overall Tour result: Debutant
Season highs: 1st stage 4 Volta ao Algarve (3rd overall), 5th overall Criterium du Dauphine
Comment: Proven grand tour contender with 3rd in 2018 Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana and respective 7th and 5th places in both races last year. Warrants his "must watch" status.
Nairo Quintana, left, on his way to second place in 2015.Credit:Getty
Team: Arkéa-Samsic (Fra)
Best overall Tour result: 2nd (2013, 2015), 3rd (2016), 8th (2019)
Season Highs: 1st overall Tour des Alpes-Maritimes et du Var, 1st Tour de la Provence, 1st stage 7 Paris-Nice (6th overall), 2nd Colombian time trial title, 3rd overall Tour de l’Ain, 4th Colombian road race title, 8th Mont Ventoux Denivele Challenge
Comment: The 2014 Giro d’Italia and 2016 Vuelta a España winner is another great climber. Has shown new spirit and verve switching to his French team from Movistar in Spain.
Team: UAE-Team Emirates (UAE)
Best overall Tour result: Debut
Season Highs: 1st Slovenian time trial title, 1st overall Volta a la Communitat Valenciana (1st stage 2 and 4), and 1st stage 5 UAE Tour (2nd overall), 2nd Slovenian road race title, 4th overall Criterium du Dauphiné
Comment: A rising star who was third in last year’s Vuelta a España and won three stages. As a Tour rookie, his best asset aside from obvious talent could be the element of surprise.
Team: Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger)
Best overall Tour result: 4th (2019)
Season Highs: 1st Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, 9th Pollença-Andratx
Comment: A less than ideal lead-in to the Tour after crashing out in the Criterium du Dauphine. But the German is a thoroughbred on the ride whose potential shone last year.
Australia’s Richie PorteCredit:Getty
Team: Trek-Segafredo (US)
Best overall Tour result: 5th (2016)
Season Highs: 1st overall and stage 3 win Tour Down Under, 2nd Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge, 3rd overall Route des Alpes Maritimes et du Var, 6th overall Route d’Occcitanie
Comment: Main goal is a career first Tour stage win, but if his current impressive form can hold for three weeks stage hunting will keep him in the fray for a strong overall result.
OTHERS TO WATCH: Richard Carapaz (Ecuador/Ineos-Grenadiers), Bauke Mollema (The Netherlands/Trek-Segafredo [US]), Rigoberto Uran (Colombia/EFD [US]), Fabio Aru (Italy/UAE-Team Emirates [UAE]), Julian Alaphilippe (France/Deceuninck-QuickStep [Belgium]), Esteban Chaves (Colombia/Mitchelton-Scott [Australia]), Adam Yates (Great Britain/Mitchelton-Scott [Australia]), Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2r [Fra]), George Bennett (New Zealand/Jumbo-Visma [Neth]), Alejandro Valverde (Spain/Movistar [Spa]), Enric Mas (Spain/Deceunick-QuickStep [Bel]), Dan Martin (Ireland/Israel Start-Up Nation [Israel])
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