Porte ready for "massive opportunity" to win Tour

"It's a very hard Tour de France, with insane competition, every day you have to be concentrated". This year we have to find other ways to win.

The platform is expected to create and analyse over three billion data points during the 21 stages of the Tour, a significant increase from last year's 128 million data points.

In addition, FDJ will distribute 500,000 gifts to supporters at the roadside as the Caravan travels ahead of the peloton throughout the contest. "I don't want people to think previous year was a fluke". "It actually made me tougher, I challenged myself", he said.

Froome, who has also been asked questions about an investigation that has centred on the delivery of a "jiffy bag" to former team mate Bradley Wiggins in 2011, said he had "no trust issue with Team Sky". Road captain on both occasions, the popular Welshman will have a huge part to play again in 2017 after another encouraging campaign for the Classics specialist.

"It's true I will probably lose time but I'll try not to lose too much". A lot of people say it's just another number, but each Tour to me tells a different story.

I've said for a long time that Richie has got the potential to win the Tour de France, it's just a matter of time until everything works out for him.

"I'm proud of what we've achieved in this sport, proud of this team and proud to be sitting here and to be getting ready for the race". La Planche des Belles Filles will come early―Stage 5―and the infamous Grand Colombier will be on the schedule when the riders pass through the Jura Mountains.

He is in his debut season with Trek-Segafredo and has the backing of a strong team, but he failed to complete last year's Tour as a fever forced him to quit on stage nine.

This promises to be one of the most action-packed stages of the Tour, with a climb to start the day and then three hors catégorie ascents to follow: La Biche, the brutal Grand-Colombier and the Mont du Chat, before a white-knuckle descent into Chambery.

The Tour de France solution uses a cloud-based virtualised data centre to provide the scale and flexibility required to operate.

"I have plenty of fond memories of riding the Tour".

2017 has been a whirlwind year for Geraint Thomas.

With the usual mind games going on in the build-up to the start - Team Sky have named Porte as favourite - the Australian just wants get on his bike and ride.

Team manager Eusebio Unzue said he was confident his leader would deliver - explaining why only Quintana addressed the media and not the likes of Spanish team mate Alejandro Valverde.

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