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Tour de France viewer's guide: stage breakdowns, favorites to win

Andrew Hood breaks down the stages of the Tour de France course and picks the favorites to win.

Updated: July 3, 2007, 4:42 PM ET
By Andrew Hood | Special to ESPN.com

Only the gainfully unemployed or the truest of bike geeks can dedicate an entire month of couch surfing to watch every attack and spill during the three-week rolling circus that is the Tour de France.

The 2007 Tour promises to deliver a palpitating race with the Alps coming early (Stage 7) and the Pyrénées hanging around late (Stage 16), meaning there will be a lot of stages where there will be a battle within the fight for final victory for riders looking for their own piece of Tour ...

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