Sprinters ready to fight for first yellow of the Tour de France – Stage 1 preview

Chris Froome's salbutamol case has dominated the countdown to the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, but on Saturday the racing will finally get underway, with the sprinters set to power their way to centre stage in the expected mass sprint in Fontaney-le-Comte after a 210km road stage along the stunning Vendée coastline.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.