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Tour de France crash: Most spectacular pile-ups in famous race

Tour de France crash: Most spectacular pile-ups in famous race

Reigning champion Chris Froome, of Team Sky, and BMC Racing's Australian leader Richie Porte are both strong time triallists.

With Vuelta a Espana and Giro d'Italia honours already to his name, Quintana is aiming to become the seventh rider to win all three Grand Tours, but Movistar have another GC contender in the shape of Alejandro Valverde. Plus there is a question mark over Froome's own form.

2016 Tour de France victor Chris Froome of Britain celebrates on the podium after the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France, Sunday, July 24, 2016.

Should he win, he says it will eclipse the previous three Tour successes - in 2013, 2015 and a year ago.

Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), organisers of the Tour de France, and Dimension Data, its official technology partner, have announced the introduction of machine learning technologies at this year's Tour de France to give cycling fans across the globe an unprecedented experience of this year's event.

That forced him to change his schedule and switch focus to the Tour of Catalunya instead.

The Frenchman, who enjoys tasting wines from the Rhone valley and the Languedoc region, has had a hard start to the season, after being thrown out of the Paris-Nice stage race for taking an illegal tow from a team vehicle.

"The podium in Paris is the goal and we've got the right team to get there", Porte said.

Stage seven into Nuits-Saint-Georges offers the first real chance by which time we will know what Swift has in his legs.

Froome, who is seeking a fourth win in five years and third in a row, said he is "exactly where I need to be". The fourth best team get €12,000 and fifth best claim €8,000.

Tracking the ride of the eventual victor of the last 10 Tours stage-by-stage and attempting to match their progression against each stage type as it occurs in this year's race - whether hilly, flat, mountainous or time-trial - they reckon they've pinpointed where the Tour will heat up.

I think there are maybe a dozen riders who are in with a shot of winning the Tour this year, but I think my main rival is Richie Porte.

British rider Froome is looking to make it a hat-trick of Tour de France victories, and has the advantage of being supported by the world's leading team, Team Sky.

The 32-year-old is four short of Belgian Eddy Merckx's record of 34 stage wins.

Porte rides up one of the Tour's many mountains.

You have to go back to 2011 for the last time the Slovakian failed to finish top of the pile - but then he did not make his debut in the race until the following year.


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