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Tour de France Countdown 2016: Day 2


Welcome to the live build-up to the 2016 Tour de France with day 2 of our countdown


Hello and welcome to day 2 of our 2016 Tour de France countdown! 

It's another big day of press conference on the eve of the Tour de France. BMC are first up this morning with Etixx-Quick Step, Trek-Segafredo, Orica-BikeExchange, Katusha, Cofidis, Astana, Movistar and AG2R-La Mondiale to follow

Cyclingnews editor in chief Daniel Benson spoke to 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans at the team presentation last night. You can read his thoughts on Richie Porte's chances for the podium and what tactics his former team BMC will employ across the next three weeks by clicking here

The Tour de France team presentation was held last night with the 22 teams arriving via military vehicles on loan from the Utah Beach museum. You can see a full gallery by clicking here

Some of the Tour de France teams also hit the roads for a training rider under overcast skies. You can see a gallery including the likes of Katusha, Movistar and Etixx by clicking here

The BMC press conference is now underway and we'll news regarding the overall hopes of Tejay van Garderen and Richie Porte

There is always plenty of new tech and bikes on show at the Tour de France. For this years race, BMC will be racing on white Teammachine SLR01's which are front and centre at the press conference

Ian Stannard isn't on a new bike but we had a close up look at his Pinarello Dogma F8 for the Tour de France. Click here to find out more


During the BMC press conference, Tejay van Garderen was asked what his thoughts are on the 2016 Tour de France route. Here's what he had to say;

"Une opportunité de prendre le maillot jaune" / "I'll try to go for the yellow" @GregVanAvermaet #TDF2016

Today we will have the third and final episode of our '1996 Tour de France 20 years on' podcast with insights into the race from Riis, Boardman, Holm, Ekimov and Vasseur. If you haven't had a chance to have a listen to part or two, click here

When sitting in third place overall after the second rest day of the 2015 Tour, van Garderen had a day to forget and was forced to abandon the race. Asked what lessons he learned from last year, he answered

Having finished second to Chris Froome in last year's Dauphine, Tejay van Garderen switched preparation races to the Tour de Suisse where he won a stage. The 27-year-old explained his change of lead up races in 2016 and expected benefits at the Tour.

Australian Richie Porte has helped Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome to Tour de France success but is aiming to pursue his personal ambitions with BMC in 2016 as he explained.

A close friend and now former teammate of Froome, Porte was asked how his relationship with the two-time winner has changed.

The Etixx-QuickStep team presentation is about to get underway. We'll bring you updates as they come in as well

In some morning transfer news, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf have reported Team Sky are looking into signing Steven Kruijswijk from LottoNL-Jumbo after his breakout Giro performance in May.

The Trek-Segafredo team presentation is now underway with Bauke Mollema answering questions from the press

The eagle eyed among you would have noticed Dylan Groenewegen and his Dutch national champions jersey was missing from the team presentation last night. The Tour debutant has intestinal problems and decided to have a night one to save his strength for the anticipated stage 1 sprint.

At the Trek-Segafredo press conference, Fabian Cancellara has said "I'm ready to fight on the first week" in what his be his final appearance at the race.

With one day to go until the Tour de France we have our final episode of our retrospective on the 1996 Tour de France. During this final episode, we sit down with Bjarne Riis for an extensive interview. You can listen to the final episode here

There have already been several press conferences this morning including BMC and Trek-Segafredo. We'll have lots of news coming from them but in the meantime, here is a photo of Trek at theirs. 

Tejay van Garderen discussing his form going into the Tour de France:

More from Tejay van Garderen on Team Sky. 

Dimension Data held their press conference yesterday where we got a chance to talk to Tour de France stage winner Stephen Cunmings. The British rider spoke out against the decision to leave him from the Olympic squad and called for Rod Ellingworth to step down from his role in the British set-up.

There is a brief break in press conference proceedings as everybody catches up on themselves and grabs some lunch. The press conferences will resume at 1pm local time Katusha. They will be talking from their hotel at Omaha Beach.

With the first stage giving sprinters a chance to take the yellow jersey, we've taken a closer look at some of those most likely to be wearing said jersey on Saturday evening. Take a look at our kings of the sprint.

If you haven't had a chance to look through our gallery of yesterday's military themed team presentation, you can find it here

Giant Alpecin held their press conference yesterday morning, unveiling their new white jersey. They'll be led by Warren Barguil at the Tour de France and this is what he had to say on his won chances.

Read a full round-up on what was said in this morning's BMC press conference here

Fabian Cancellara will be riding his last Tour de France this month as he is set to retire at the end of the season. He told the press that he is not here for a farewell tour but for some good results. 

We have the up to date start list for the Tour de France right here

John Degenkolb was named as part of Giant-Alpecin's line-up. The German is still making his way back from injury and is hunting for a first stage win.

Wilco Kelderman is riding his second Tour de France this year. He's hoping for better fortunes this time around. 

Away from the Tour de France, the biggest race on the women's calendar is due to get underway tomorrow. You can read our chat with defending champion Anna van der Breggen as she tries to retain her title ahead of a big on the Olympic road race. 

And here is the full story on Cancellara and Mollema from this morning. Mollema told the press he would be disappointed with just a top 10. 

The Cofidis team is currently holding its press conference and it's a pretty low-key affair - at least compared to what it would've been like if Nacer Bouhanni was there.





In Bouhanni's absence it's one of his leadout men, Christophe Laporte, who faces the press, along with Arnold Jeannesson, an old Thibaut Pinot domestique at FDJ who is set to be one of the team's prominent riders in the mountains. 

Cofidis say they're full of ambition. This is, after all, far and away the most important race of the year for them - a French team with a French sponsor. 

Alex Howes will be a wildcard in Cannondale-Drapac's team. We caught up with the US rider yesterday to hear his thoughts ahead of the Tour de France. You can read the full story here

Howes' teammate Pierre Rolland has been given a special edition Cannondale SuperSix and here is a sneak peak of it. 

News in the French press has revealed that a new EPO test has been developed to try and prevent micro dosing. Read the full story here

News in the French press has revealed that a new EPO test has been developed to try and prevent micro dosing. Read the full story here

The newly named Orica-BikeExchange team had their press conference earlier. We'll have a report from that very soon but first here's a photo from the press conference. 

Movistar are currently holding their press conference with Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. Astana had theirs earlier this afternoon. We'll have news from both of those very soon. 

We promised you more from Michael Matthews and here it is. The Australian has his eyes on victory on stage 2 on Sunday. Read his full comments here

Fabio Aru and Vincenzo Nibali sitting together at the Astana press conference. Team boss Alexandre Vinokourov is sitting at the end of the table. 

If you've not seen it yet, Fabian Cancellara will be riding yet another special edition Trek Madone. You can get a closer look at the bike here

The Movistar press conference is coming to a close. There is just one more left and that is AG2R-La Mondiale. Once that's over the next stop is racing its self tomorrow. 

There are rumours in the Dutch press that Team Sky is interested in signing Steven Kruijswijk after his Giro d'Italia performance earlier in the year. You can read that and more in our latest edition of news shorts

Etixx-QuickStep had their press conference yesterday so took the free time this morning to go training. 

After the events of the past year, the Tour de France has decided to step up their security. 

If you've not seen it yet or you want to remind yourself about who is racing then you can take a look at the Tour de France start list here

During his team's press conference, Nairo Quintana said that taking yellow will be harder this year but he believes that it is entirely possible. 

Cannondale-Drapac rider Lawson Craddock is making his Tour de France debut. During the team's press conference yesterday, he shared his thoughts on riding the Tour for the first time.

Michael Drapac, a property investor and developer, has long been an emphatic champion of athletes investing in their futures beyond sport, and educating themselves on how to take care of their financial and emotional needs during and after their careers.

A reminder that the final episode of our look back at the 1996 Tour de France is available to download. It includes an exclusive sit down with Bjarne Riis. You can find it here

While we hear from the people who will be riding this year's Tour de France, there are some big-name riders that have missed selection this time around. We put together our own nine-man team made up of those who missed out. We think it's a pretty strong line-up but you can let us know what you think of it here.

Tejay van Garderen talking to the press earlier today. 

Cannondale-Drapac rider Alex Howes is looking fit and lean and ready to pursue his aim of a stage win in the Tour de France.

Which sprinter has the best hair at this year's Tour de France? You can vote in our Twitter poll here.

The Cofidis team is at the Tour de France without their main man Nacer Bouhanni. The sprinter got into an altercation with some noisy hotel guests before the French championships last week and had a bad cut that got infected in his hand.

After his victory in the Giro d'Italia, Vincenzo Nibali is on hand with Astana teammate Fabio Aru, but there's no hint of a rivalry brewing as you can read in this interview.

His name isn't on the list of favourites, but Cannondale-Drapac team manager Jonathan Vaughters is backing Pierre Rolland for a Tour de France 'slugfest'.

In addition to the more precise EPO test to catch those micro-dosing, the officials at the Tour de France will be checking for motors using thermal imaging in conjunction with the UCI's magnetic resonance screening to deter mechanical doping.

10 years ago on this day, Operacion Puerto was eclipsing the Tour de France.

Nairo Quintana is rested, confident and ready for his "yellow dreams" - of winning the Tour de France.

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