Don’t think cycling is much of a spectator sport? You’d be surprised how mesmeric watching a pack of guys on bikes pedalling down a seemingly endless road quickly becomes. Trust us, once you get a taste of the drama and tactics that goes with one of the Grand Tours races you’ll be hooked for the full three weeks of competition.
Of course, the biggest race of the summer will be the Tour de France. 2014’s tour was a damp squib after former champions and pre-race favourites Alberto Contador and Chris Froome retired during the race’s early stages. Vincenzo Nibali, the sport’s other biggest name, took the lead on just the second day of racing and finished the tour with a comfortable victory of over seven minutes from Frenchman Jean-Christophe Peraud.
Froome and Contador are back this year though, and have chips on their respective shoulders. Froome is looking to wrestle back the title he won in 2013, while Contador, the 2007 and 2009 champ, is attempting to be the first man ever to win all three Grand Tours in the same year. He has already captured the Giro D’Italia in 2015, leaving just the Tour de France and Vuelta A Espana to go.
Tour de France July 4-26. Vuelta a Espana August 22-Sept 13. Various channels, BeIN Sports.