DAY 1 - Who are the British riders in the 2015 Tour de France?


This year sees 10 British riders in Saturdays starting list, the most British riders since 1955.

Last year only 4 British riders took part, with just 1 making it to the last stage in Paris. So its great to see such an increase.

As expected Sky has the most British riders, and has Chris Froome heading up a team that includes Geraint Thomas, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard & Peter Kennaugh. 

Fresh from his National Championships win, Peter Kannaugh could easily cause some upset to his Isle of Man Buddy Mark Cavendish on some of the sprint finish stages.

Also riding of course is Cavendish. Mark has won an amazing 25 stages throughout the tours he has raced in in the last few years, and could easily rack up another 5 this year if things go according to plan. He will be eager to get today over and done with after crashing out on stage one last year. Bon Courage predicts he could easily be in yellow before the end of Sunday, as the first 2 stages are perfect for him.

Twin brothers Simon and Adam Yates brothers make the tally 8, and are 2 of the youngest riders in the Peleton. Riding for Orica-GreenEDGE. Both made their Grand Tour debuts last year (Simon in the Tour de France and Adam in the Vuelta a Espagne) so will be eager to start making their mark and get in amongst the breakaways. Definitely 2 riders to watch out for in the future.

The last 2 riders are Steve Cummings, riding for MTN-Qhubeka, and Alex Dowsett who's riding for Movistar. Alex will be eager to start his campaign today as well-know time trial specialist, but his key role on the tour will be to protect Nairo Quintana as Movistar's key rider for yellow.

So good luck to all the British riders, its definitely going to be an exciting race this year, and an epic battle all the way to Paris.

At various stages throughout the 3 weeks we will be awarding the very prestigious award of Bon Courage Rider of the day!!! So lookout for our vote for the finest time-trial rider later on today.

Enjoy the ride!