Tour de France: Stage 1 preview

Three-time Tour victor Froome had on Wednesday described Porte as "the man to beat" after the Tasmanian's strong showing at the Criterium du Dauphine earlier this month. At the end of each Tour de France, the most combative cyclist of the whole race is given the "super-combativity" award.

While Froome will be very much on the radar in terms of the race for the yellow jersey, Boardman expects plenty of other British success - even if sprinter Mark Cavendish isn't at his brilliant best.

"I think that was just one of those things that happen previous year in the heat of battle.

It's not just an event in the sport of cycling-it's a happening in the world of sport on a grand scale", Liggett told Men's Fitness ahead of the 2017 Tour de France. I think we will see the most brilliant Nairo.

The 2017 Tour de France will begin tomorrow (Saturday). "But it would be nice if Team Sky had a bit more competition this year".

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Porte was among a breakaway on the 171-kilometre leg from Segovia and eventually went clear with Katusha rider Denis Menchov who accelerated away within sight of the mountain-top finish in Bola del Mundoto to take the stage by 17 seconds.

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"The season's gone well so far and this is the biggest race and the big goal", said the 32-year-old, who had his best Tour finish last year, taking fifth, a little over five minutes down on Froome.

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

"I'm not superstitious enough to have to win the Dauphine to win the Tour", he says. When you have big GC contenders that are really good on the climbs, obviously for them the challenge is to ensure they perform really well on those big stages.

He finished second at this year's Giro, citing illness as a factor for his apparent fatigue in some of the mountain stages.

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

"You can't explain how elated we are to be able to announce Richie Porte has extended his contract with the BMC Racing Team for next season and onward", BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz said Thursday, two days before the Tour starts.

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

  • Marjorie Miles