Porte spars with Froome over Tour favouritism

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Some Tour de France highlights include: • 198 riders in 22 teams will generate over 150 million geospatial and environmental data readings along the 3,540km route.• The Tour de France live-tracking website, racecenter.letour.fr, which supported an average of 2,000 page requests per second in 2016, has been enhanced to support 25,000 page requests per second this year.• In 2016 there were 6,100 hours of TV broadcasts in 190 countries across 100 channels globally. In this Tour, we are going to have to improvise.

"It's been a really successful partnership and I think one of the big reasons for that is the stability of the team. To start the Tour with Froomey will be a special moment".

France has been crying out for a home Tour victor since 1985, and the discussion is common place once more of whether a Frenchman could ride to victory along the Champs-Elysees come July 23.

Pressure in the Tour reaches levels like no other cycle race and can be sourced from a range of circumstances. Every Tour is a different battle in terms of getting that Yellow Jersey and then trying to hold on to it.

As one of the riders to have won all of the Grand Tours, there can be no doubting Alberto Contador has the experience and the talent to take out a third Tour de France.

"My preparation this season was different, and we always had the idea that the Tour is the most important goal", Quintana said.

"Now I'm looking forward to being a big part of Team Sky's future".

"I'd love to be on the final podium but I want to win stages as well but I can not go in breakaways because the peloton would not let me so I would need to have a good day and be the strongest on one of the climbing stages".

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Fresh from winning the Colombian national road championship in February the 29 year old won a thrilling edition of Paris-Nice, before enjoying a strong Ardennes campaign, co-leading the team alongside Michal Kwiatkowski. A hugely respected member of the squad, Knees will be a crucial part of the Team Sky lineup.

When he does, he'll know he and the BMC team backing him fully for the first time, have left nothing to chance. After winning Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo, Kwiato earned two podium finishes in the Ardennes Classics, before demonstrating his versatility by producing an inspired climbing performance in support of Chris Froome at the Criterium du Dauphine.

"It's not going to be an easy lap around France".

With Thibaut Pinot, who was third overall in 2014, targeting stage wins after a gruelling Giro d'Italia, Bardet is the only realistic hope of French success this time around.

Scott Thwaites is one of two Yorkshiremen who will ride the Tour de France this month.

. That's the Tour de France. He's also won some minor stage races in the Tours of Poland, Sardinia and California, while claiming stage victory at the Tour seven times.

Race director Christian Prudhomme's home city of Paris is no stranger to terrorist attacks, notably the ones in November 2015 when 130 people were killed.

2017 has been a whirlwind year for Geraint Thomas.

Taking note several feet away is Cadel Evans, the first and only Australian to win the world's biggest cycle race.

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