2015 Tour de France

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The 2015 Tour de France was the 102nd edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours.wikipedia
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Chris Froome

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The overall general classification was won by Chris Froome of, with the second and third places taken by riders Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, respectively. In the lead up to the Tour, the main contenders for the general classification, known in the media as the 'big four', were Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali.
He has won several stage races, including four editions of the Tour de France (in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), the Giro d'Italia in 2018 and the Vuelta a España twice (2011 and 2017).

Nairo Quintana

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The overall general classification was won by Chris Froome of, with the second and third places taken by riders Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, respectively. In the lead up to the Tour, the main contenders for the general classification, known in the media as the 'big four', were Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali.
His best career results are winning the 2014 Giro d'Italia and 2016 Vuelta a España, as well as 2nd place overall in the Tour de France of 2013 and 2015.

Champs-Élysées stage in the Tour de France

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The 3360.3 km-long race consisted of 21 stages, starting on 4 July in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and concluding on 26 July with the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris.
Since 1978, the Tour launched from outside the city, only the end of the stage follows the route, and the number of laps has varied between six and eight, except for 2003, when the Tour commemorated the centenary of the event; 2013, to celebrate the 100th edition of the race and 2015, to celebrate the 40th finish on the Champs-Élysées, by having riders complete 10 laps of the circuit.

Peter Sagan

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Peter Sagan of won the points classification. The sprinters considered favourites for the points classification and wins on the flat or hilly bunch sprint finishes were Alexander Kristoff, Mark Cavendish, André Greipel, Peter Sagan and John Degenkolb.
After having become the first rider to win the points classification of the Tour de France on his first five attempts, he went on to win it a record seven times, in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Rohan Dennis

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's Rohan Dennis won the first stage to take the general classification leader's yellow jersey.
Dennis was selected to ride the 2015 Tour de France as part of the squad supporting Tejay van Garderen.

Romain Bardet

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Romain Bardet of was given the award for the most combative rider. The other riders considered contenders were Tejay van Garderen, Thibaut Pinot, Joaquim Rodríguez, followed by 's Jean-Christophe Péraud and Romain Bardet.
Having had a brilliant spring campaign with a 6th place at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and 9th overall at Tour de Romandie, Bardet was regarded as many as one of the outsiders for a podium spot in the Tour de France.

Merhawi Kudus

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Eritrean riders Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, both of, became the first black Africans to compete in the Tour de France.
He was named in the start list for the 2015 Tour de France, becoming one of the first two black Africans to start the Tour alongside teammate and countryman Daniel Teklehaimanot.

Tour de France

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Eritrean riders Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, both of, became the first black Africans to compete in the Tour de France. The 2015 Tour de France was the 102nd edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours.
As of 2015, the points awarded are:

Young rider classification in the Tour de France

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The best young rider was Quintana, with his team, Movistar, the winners of the team classification.
The optical retail chain Krys has sponsored the white jersey since 2015.

2015 Critérium du Dauphiné

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Froome had shown his form during the season with overall victories at the Vuelta a Andalucía and the Critérium du Dauphiné, a race considered to be the warm-up for the Tour.
The Dauphiné was viewed as a preview for July's Tour de France and a number of the contenders for the general classification of the Tour participated in the race.

Grand Tour (cycling)

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The 2015 Tour de France was the 102nd edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours.

Tony Martin (cyclist)

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He lost the position to 's Tony Martin at the end of the fourth stage, but Martin's withdrawal from the race after a crash at the end of the sixth stage put Froome back into the lead.
At the Tour de France, Martin finished second behind Rohan Dennis in the opening time trial in Utrecht.

Thibaut Pinot

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The other riders considered contenders were Tejay van Garderen, Thibaut Pinot, Joaquim Rodríguez, followed by 's Jean-Christophe Péraud and Romain Bardet.
In June, as he was preparing for the 2015 Tour de France, he participated to the Tour de Suisse and won the queen stage, a long and difficult event featuring a mountaintop finish.

2015 Giro d'Italia

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Contador had earlier in the season won the Giro d'Italia and was aiming to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to achieve the Giro-Tour double.
The winner of the 2014 Giro d'Italia, Nairo Quintana, chose not to defend his title in order to focus on the Tour de France.

2015 Vuelta a Andalucía

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Froome had shown his form during the season with overall victories at the Vuelta a Andalucía and the Critérium du Dauphiné, a race considered to be the warm-up for the Tour.
Froome was targeting his second victory in the Tour de France, while Contador was aiming at victory in both the Tour and the Giro d'Italia.

Daniel Teklehaimanot

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Eritrean riders Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, both of, became the first black Africans to compete in the Tour de France.
He was named in the start list for the 2015 Tour de France.

2015 Tirreno–Adriatico

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His major victory of the 2015 season was the Tirreno–Adriatico.
The race was originally expected to be the first contest of the season between the four riders expected to contest the Tour de France: the 2014 Tirreno–Adriatico champion Alberto Contador, the 2013 Tirreno–Adriatico champion Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana and Chris Froome.

Vincenzo Nibali

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In the lead up to the Tour, the main contenders for the general classification, known in the media as the 'big four', were Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali.
He entered the Tour de France, but lost two and a half minutes to Chris Froome in the first week.

General classification in the Tour de France

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The overall general classification was won by Chris Froome of, with the second and third places taken by riders Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, respectively. In the lead up to the Tour, the main contenders for the general classification, known in the media as the 'big four', were Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali.
In 2015, there was no yellow jersey in stage 7 after Tony Martin had crashed in the previous stage.

2015 Paris–Roubaix

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Degenkolb, who won the one-day classic races Milan–San Remo and Paris–Roubaix in the season, would take the lead of the team due to the absence of the 2014 Tour's four-stage winner Marcel Kittel, who was not selected due to lack of fitness.
Three sections (Quiévy, Saint-Python and Verchain-Maugré) will be included in stage 4 of the 2015 Tour de France.

Tejay van Garderen

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The other riders considered contenders were Tejay van Garderen, Thibaut Pinot, Joaquim Rodríguez, followed by 's Jean-Christophe Péraud and Romain Bardet.
In June, he rode the Critérium du Dauphiné as a preparation for the Tour de France.

2015 UCI World Tour

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The race was the 18th of the 28 events in the UCI World Tour, and all of its seventeen UCI WorldTeams were automatically invited, and obliged, to attend the race.

Alejandro Valverde

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The overall general classification was won by Chris Froome of, with the second and third places taken by riders Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, respectively.
At the Tour de France, Valverde finished on the podium in 3rd place, his first podium finish at the Tour; achieving a lifelong dream of a top 3 finish.

2015 Tour de Romandie

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The defending champion Nibali was considered a contender, although his best result of the season was tenth in the Tour de Romandie, and placed thirteenth at the Dauphiné.
The team time trial is important both for its role in the general classification and also because the teams are using it as preparation for a similar stage in the 2015 Tour de France.

John Degenkolb

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The sprinters considered favourites for the points classification and wins on the flat or hilly bunch sprint finishes were Alexander Kristoff, Mark Cavendish, André Greipel, Peter Sagan and John Degenkolb.
During the 2015 Tour de France, Degenkolb replaced an unfit Kittel as Giant–Alpecin's main sprinter and team captain.