Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the countdown to the 2020 Tour de France.
With just three days to go until Saturday's Grand Départ in Nice, you can follow all the latest news and updates here.
We have a couple of Tour features up already today.
Dan Benson has analysed Bahrain McLaren's Tour de France team, which will be led by Mikel Landa. It's a sea change from last year's squad, with only three riders retained, while 30-time stage winner Mark Cavendish was not selected.
There's also this Nairo Quintana, the end of his time at Movistar and his new beginning at Arkéa-Samsic by Barry Ryan.
Teams will be holding their pre-Tour press conferences in the coming days, starting this afternoon.
Look out for news from Astana, Israel Start-Up Nation, Team Ineos and more later on today.
Meanwhile, Josh Croxton has whipped up an wide-ranging tech preview, taking a look at the bikes, components and accessories we can expect to see at the Tour.
Tour de France bikes: A comprehensive tech preview
Meanwhile, there's other racing to do before the Tour, namely the UEC European Championships.
Ineos – or Ineos Grenadiers as they'll be known – will be introducing their new look later today.
Today's the day we introduce the INEOS Grenadiers 👊#BuiltOnPurpose pic.twitter.com/vlVVnWnjnuAugust 26, 2020
Andy Schleck's GC ratings
We've spoken to ex-pro Andy Schleck this afternoon, so look out for that interview tomorrow.
In the meantime, here's how he rates the main GC contenders at the moment, with Primož Roglič on top.
★★★★★ Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)
★★★★☆ Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Egan Bernal (Team Ineos)
★★★½☆ Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
★★★☆☆ Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic)
★★☆☆☆ Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Rigoberto Urán (EF Pro Cycling), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma)
Bahrain McLaren have announced that their partnership with the British carmaker will conclude at the end of 2021.
More to come...
And here's our story.
The women's race, La Course by Le Tour de France, will tackle a 96km route around Nice on Saturday.
Israel Start-Up Nation's press conference has just started. We're in (virtual) attendance, and we'll get you the latest news from it as it comes.
The men's road race at the European Championships has just finished.
The big news from the Israel Start-Up Nation press conference is that Dan Martin will be racing the Tour. He's in the eight-man team despite fracturing his sacral in a crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné.
We'll have more from ISN soon...
Meanwhile, Pinarello have unveiled the bikes that Team Ineos will be riding at the Tour after their rebrand to Ineos Grenadiers. The black and red paint scheme on the Dogma F12 and F12 X-Light road bikes is set to match the team's new-look kits.
The first piece of news from Astana's press conference earlier today – team leader and Tour debutant Miguel Ángel López has welcomed the selection of young compatriot Harold Tejada.
Ineos Grenadiers (yep, we've officially made the switch from Team Ineos now) have unveiled their new kit. Leaks have been floating around for a while but the new dark blue and red look is official.
Earlier reports had suggested that teams would have to leave the Tour de France should they record two or more positive COVID-19 tests at the race, but that rule will now be changed, according to French newspaper L'Equipe.
Dan Martin has made it into the Israel Start-Up Nation Tour de France squad, just two weeks after crashing and fracturing his sacrum in the Critérium du Dauphiné.
He and the rest of hte ISN team will be targeting stage victories in France.
Those new Ineos Grenadiers kits...
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