A year seems so long ago, so we decided to give you a refresher on what happened throughout the 2015 Tour de France. Don’t forget to keep up with the action this year with daily stage routes, results, and galleries all found under TDF 2016 on the navigation bar.
The 102nd edition of the Tour de France covered 2,088 miles over 21 stages, which began with a time trial in The Netherlands.
A hectic first few stages kept riders in a fight for position on the mostly flat, windy Dutch roads.
On Stage 3 a major wreck took out more than 20 riders including race leader Fabian Cancellara. Cancellara went on to finish the day, but lost his jersey to Chris Froome.
A mini Paris-Roubaix was back again in 2015, but unlike the previous year when rain and mud wreaked havoc on the peloton (especially Chris Froome), dry conditions kept the gaps relatively small by the finish.
Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) proved he was far and away the best sprinter at the Tour last year, taking four stage wins.
After Cancellara crashed while wearing yellow, Tony Martin (Etixx – Quick Step) had the same fate just days later.
Stage wins evaded Peter Sagan once again, but he did take his fourth consecutive green points jersey quite handily.
Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN – Qhubeka) spent a few days in the polka dot climbers jersey, a first for a black African rider.
Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has yet to finish outside of the top-2 overall at the Tour de France after second place finishes in 2013 and 2015. He has also claimed the young riders jersey in each of those years.
Once in the high mountains after Stage 10, the list of overall favorites was trimmed down substantially.
2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was one of the big favorites that lost big time in the early climbing stages and could only muster a fourth place finish come Paris.
Movistar’s dual attack plan of Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana worked out well enough for both riders to end up on the overall podium in second and third, but they weren’t able to knock Froome off the top step.
And of course, the sunflower shot can not be left out.
America’s best hope of a podium position was Tejay Van Garderen (BMC). Unfortunately, he was forced to pull out of the Tour on Stage 17 due to a respiratory infection.
Lacets de Montvernier ended up being added to the bucket list of epic climbs after debuting in the Tour.
Nibali got his swagger back and took the win on Stage 19, keeping the Tour from being a total loss.
The penultimate day finished atop Alpe d’Huez, one of the most famous climbs in France. The already raucous spectators had much to cheer as Frenchman Thibaut Pinot went on to take the stage win.
As always, Stage 21 finished in Paris on the Champs Elysees. Andre Greipel snagged the final stage, his fourth victory of the race.
Tour de France 2015 -1st Christopher Froome (Team Sky), 2nd Nairo Quintana, 3rd Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). All three will be back in 2016 looking to fight for the overall victory.