Fabio Aru, 25, won the Vuelta a Espana last year and will have the backing of teammate Vincenzo Nibali on the roads of France.
Elite paramilitary police will also line the route for the first time as the grand tour takes place under the cloud of terrorism.
Nairo Quintana will skip the customary Tour tune-ups, Tour de Suisse and the Critérium du Dauphiné, to train in Colombia for the Grande
A security expert says the Tour de France is almost impossible to secure, raising concerns after the Paris terrorist attacks.
The Tour de France picked the same teams as last year for 2016, and that means we won't see a lot of surprises this July.
The three-week-long, 3,500km, 198-rider, millions-of-roadside-spectators beast that is the Tour route? Just two people create the entire
A 13km race against the clock will start the 2017 edition of the race.
Luca Paolini blames an addiction to sleeping pills for his use of cocaine, for which he tested positive during the Tour de France
ASO announces Düsseldorf will host the grand depart of the 2017 edition of the Tour, marking the first German start since 1987.
The Tour de France is a formidable weapon in ASO's power struggle with the UCI and its WorldTeams, says Cannondale boss Jonathan Vaughters.