Tour de France analysis: Rating the four main GC contenders

The 2015 Tour de France promises to be thrilling four-way battle between a richly talented elite group of riders: Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana.

It could be one of the most open and exciting General Classification battles ever seen at the Tour. Ahead of Saturday’s Grand Depart in the Dutch city of Utrecht, Luke McLaughlin assesses the main contenders.

Contador: the perfect Grand Tour rider? His racecraft is unmatched.

Credit: PA

UCI deny Astana have been stripped of WorldTour licence

The International Cycling Union and Astana Pro Team have dismissed a report that the team of 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali have been stripped of their WorldTour licence by the Independent Licence Commission.

Last month the UCI requested that Astana's licence be revoked by the commission following an independent audit into their procedures, which came after a number of anti-doping infringements by Astana and their feeder team.

Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France.

Credit: PA

  • Vincenzo Nibali