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Tracy Craig | 01 July, 2017, 00:48

Roadcycling.com has interviewed defending Tour de France Champion Chris Froome of Team Sky Pro Cycling before the start of Tour de France 2017.

"Today, our followers want to be immersed in the event", said Christian Prudhomme, Tour de France race director.

After that setback former Tour great Greg LeMond said Quintana needed to be more explosive when he attacked in the mountains to have any chance of taking time out the likes of Team Sky's reigning champion Froome and BMC's Richie Porte.

"They're not as dominant as other years, which potentially makes Froome easier to isolate", Roche said.

Porte used to be a teammate of Froome's and helped him win the 2013 and 2015 Tours before moving to BMC, with whom he has just signed a contract extension.

The Orica-Scott rider, who went on to finish fourth and take the white jersey as highest-placed finisher aged 25 or under, is not racing this year, but twin brother Simon is.

“Were ready as a team and I cant wait for the Tour to start now.

- This will be the 104th edition of the Tour de France, French riders have won it 36 times, Belgian riders 18 times and Spanish riders 12 times.

To cyclists and non-cyclists alike, no term better conjures up that particular sport than "Tour de France".

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The last two grand tours - the Vuelta 2016 and this year's Giro d'Italia - both threw up utterly unexpected scenarios of the kind that have rarely been seen in recent Tours de France.

Simon missed past year after a positive doping test - something for which his team accepted responsibility after failing to properly apply for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for his asthma inhaler.

XPO's preparation for the Tour de France has taken five months to complete and involves a team of experts dedicated to ensuring that all 21 stages of the race run smoothly. Sky's team boss, Dave Brailsford, has faced repeated calls for his resignation and as a result of the turmoil, Froome and his team-mates could well face another slab of scrutiny and questions.

Unsurprisingly it's the Tour's later stages that have tended to have the greatest impact on the overall GC, as that's where the hardest mountain stages and longest time-trials are most typically fought out.

"It's a very hard Tour de France, with insane competition, every day you have to be concentrated".

- Only three riders have triumphed on the Champs Elysees final stage in the last eight years (Mark Cavendish x4, Marcel Kittel x2, Andre Greipel x2); in the previous nine editions no rider won it a few times.

"I think I'm closer to (Froome) this year".

"This route is very good for trying other tactics, to do something different", said Contador.

"I proved that previous year".

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