There will be live coverage on Eurosport, plus HR, SR, SWR, WDR / ZDF and ARD in Germany. World feed start times are as follows: 2.00pm CEST (Thu-Fri); 2.50pm (Sat); and 3.20pm (Sun).
Just like in the Tour de France (we must note the race is co-organised by ASO), the intermediate sprint only have points for the green jersey up for grabs – there will, in fact, be one bonus sprint per stage, usually near the finish, with 3-2-1″ awarded at each. The finishes will have the usual 10-6-4 seconds for the top three.
During its previous era and as part of the UCI ProTour, the Movistar Team snatched two stage wins, both at mountain ranges: one with Francisco Mancebo in 2004 (Fichtelberg) and the other with David López in 2007 (Sölden).