Cycling prepares for 100th Tour de France

Last year's runner-up behind Britain's Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, is favourite to win the race after successes in Oman, the Criterium International, Tour of Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphine. But the 28-year-old Team Sky rider is likely to face stiff competition from 2007 and 2009 Tour winner Alberto Contador of Spain, despite his lack of victories this season.

updated: June 27, 2013 10:31 IST
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Paris: Cycling's greatest race, the Tour de France, begins on Saturday, hoping to cast off the recent cloud of suspicion and scandal of doping with a celebration of its historic 100th edition.

A total of 198 riders from 22 teams will line up for the 212-kilometre (132-mile) first stage from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.

Three weeks, 3,403.5 kilometres and 20 stages later, only the very best -- and most fortunate -- will finish.

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