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Tour de France countdown: 2 days to go – Live

All the latest news in the run-up to the Tour de France

Tour de France live countdown - 2 days to go

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the countdown to the 2020 Tour de France.

Here was our last piece of news last night, in case you missed it, from the Ineos Grenadiers unveiling press conference.

Philippa York will be contributing once again during the Tour de France. Here's her latest analysing French hopes at the race, which last saw a Frenchman – Bernard Hinault – taste victory back in the 1980s.

We also have a new dedicated Tour de France section on the homepage, pulling together all the latest news, tech, interviews and analysis from the race.

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No planes or trains, just automobiles and 'bubbles' at Tour de France

With the Tour just two days away, find out how to watch the race.

Jumbo-Visma held their pre-Tour press conference this morning. Co-leader Tom Dumoulin said that the team would not attempt to take the race lead early on in a bid to anticipate a possible mid-race cancellation due to COVID-19.

More from Jumbo-Visma – Wout van Aert rules out green jersey challenge at the Tour de France

Bora-Hansgrohe have unveiled a new jersey for the Tour de France, switching up the black section of their jerseys for more white. Check it out below.

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The latest in our squad analysis series – it's EF Pro Cycling and their trident of Colombian climbers.

There's 50km to go in the women's road race of the European Championships.

Caleb Ewan eyeing stage wins over Tour de France green jersey

The latest from Ineos Grenadiers – team boss Dave Brailsford has said that the squad will feature a more collective leadership after the passing of DS Nicolas Portal.

The European Championships women's road race finished not long ago.

Bahrain McLaren have added Australian climber Jack Haig on a three-year deal. Haig made his Tour debut for Mitchelton-Scott last year but won't start in Nice.

Andy Schleck has ranked the Tour de France GC contenders. All the big names are there, but maybe not in the order you'd expect. Check out the 2010 Tour winner's list below.

The team presentation is getting underway in Nice right now. Follow along with a live stream here on Cyclingnews.

Deceuninck-QuickStep held their pre-race press conference today. The star of last year's race, Julian Alaphilippe, reaffirmed his committment to chasing stage wins rather than the general classificatiion. Read Stephen Farrand's story below.

When is a positive not a positive? COVID-19 and the Tour de France

The Tour presentation is over now. All that remains is to wait for the start in Nice now. That's just about a day and a half away.

A women's stage race, organised by ASO and held in France, is set to come in 2022, says UCI president David Lappartient. "Whether this race will also be called Tour de France, I don't know yet," he said.

A tech piece for today, and another visit to the infernal debate of rim brakes vs disc brakes. Which one will be raced to victory at the Tour?

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Cases of COVID-19 in and around Nice have jumped up in recent days, putting the city in the middle of a 'red zone' and meaning the start of the Tour de France will see stricter limits on crowds and more rigid mask-wearing rules. Stephen Farrand has all the info – read about the new measures below.

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Lottto Soudal has sent two staff members home after the pair returned two "non-negative" tests for COVID-19. The two roommates of the staff members have also been sent home.

Romain Bardet will begin his final Tour de France with AG2R La Mondiale on Saturday. He said during Thursday's virtual press conference that he'll be targeting stage wins and a spell in yellow rather than the general classification.

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