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2021 Tour de France: Cyclingnews' countdown collection

The 2021 Tour de France is almost upon us
The 2021 Tour de France is almost upon us (Image credit: Getty Images)

The 2021 Tour de France is almost upon us and, as ever, Cyclingnews is counting down the days with a series of special features to build up to the Grand Départ on Saturday, June 26. Links to all these features can be found below. 

We'll update this page with all the features as they go up, so keep it bookmarked and you won't miss a thing.

Our 10-day countdown began on Wednesday with our bumper race preview, giving you the essential lowdown on the talking points, contenders, route, and even the timings of each of the 21 stages. 

Each European morning, we're publishing a special feature to build up to the race, but that's not all. Throughout the day we'll have more exclusive in-depth content, from rider interviews and blogs to retro features and analysis pieces, as well as all the latest news from France.

The main countdown

More exclusive pre-Tour content

The biggest pre-Tour news stories


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Deputy Editor - Europe. Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. After joining Cyclingnews as a staff writer on the back of work experience, Patrick became Features Editor in 2018 and oversaw significant growth in the site’s long-form and in-depth output. Since 2021 he has been Deputy Editor - Europe, taking more responsibility for the site’s content as a whole, while still writing and - despite a pandemic-induced hiatus - travelling to races around the world. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.