Defending Tour champion, Chris Froome, recently said this year's race is "building up to be an epic Tour de France battle." And if all contenders can stay on both wheels, remain healthy and steer clear of controversy, Froome's prediction is likely to come true.
The road to Paris is always a difficult one, but this year's route challenges riders like never before. With seven mountain stages, five summit finishes, and a 17 km uphill time trial, this year's contenders will battle for yellow on a steep, inclined plain.
This year's crop of general classification contenders includes two former GC champions, a near-miss champion from last year, and two men riding for the same team.