The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race held in France and nearby countries. First staged in 1903, the race covers more than 3,600 kilometres (2,200 mi) and lasts three weeks. As the best known and most prestigious of cycling's three "Grand Tours", the Tour de France attracts riders and teams from around the world. The defending champion from 2014 is Italian Vincenzo Nibali, with Britain's Chris Froome and Spain's Alberto Contador expected to provide strong challenges in 2015
World cycling chief Brian Cookson has warned of a rise in "hooliganism" among Tour de France fans after winner Chris Froome was subjected to abuse during the event.
Following Chris Froome’s victory at the 2015 Tour de France on Sunday, here’s looks at five lessons learned from this year’s race:
Chris Froome admitted he’d been “up against everything” at the Tour de France where he was accused of cheating, spat upon and had urine thrown at him
As he was officially named Tour de France cycling champion for the second time on Sunday, Chris Froome was already planning his next success.
Nibali’s win allows Nairo Quintana to eat into Chris Froome’s overall lead
Englishman keeps three-minute-plus lead with just three stages remaining
Tour de France leader Chris Froome admitted he is concerned about Movistar pair Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, his closest challengers
Chris Froome maintains a healthy lead over his nearest rivals
Team releases data about his riding power, heart rate and pedaling rhythm, hoping to quell speculation about doping ahead of an increasingly likely victory in Paris
Haring downhill at breakneck speeds, Ruben Plaza rode triumphantly into Gap as the solo winner of a treacherous stage 16 of the Tour de France on Monday that saw a teammate of race leader Chris Froome careen into a telephone pole and Peter Sagan finish second for a fifth time.
Andre Greipel made it a hat-trick of Tour de France stage wins on Sunday as he won the 183km 15th stanza from Mende to Valence.
Race leader Chris Froome was doused with urine by a spectator as a fresh scandal engulfed the Tour de France on Saturday
Greg van Avermaet of the BMC team won stage 13 of the Tour de France with a finishing burst of speed on Friday that pushed Peter Sagan into second place for the fourth time at this year’s race.
Chris Froome controlled a series of tentative attacks from his rivals as Joaquim Rodriguez won his second stage of this year's Tour de France cycling classic on Thursday.
Tour de France leader Chris Froome has challenged his detractors to prove he has been doping before making unsubstantiated accusations against him
Poland’s Rafal Majka, last year’s king of the mountains, won the 188 kilometre 11th stage of the Tour de France after a solo breakaway in the Pyrenees on Wednesday.
Chris Froome says his Sky team will be on their guard despite him putting his rivals to the sword in the first mountains stage at the Tour de France
Chris Froome took a huge step towards regaining the Tour de France cycling crown on Tuesday as he decimated the opposition to win the first mountain stage of this year's race.
Chris Froome says he's living a dream after describing his Sky team's start to the Tour de France cycling classic as "spectacular".
Tejay van Garderen said he was sick to tears of hearing talk of the “fantastic four” as he completed the first week of the Tour de France in second place. The 26-year-old American is only 12 seconds behind race leader Chris Froome as his BMC team edged out the Briton’s Sky squad by just one second in Sunday’s team time trial.
Alexis Vuillermoz won the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Saturday to become the first French rider to triumph this year.
British rider Mark Cavendish won the sun-soaked seventh stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Friday, while countryman Chris Froome retained the overall lead as he bids to win the cycling classic for a second time.