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Key stages of this year's Tour de France

01 July 2017, 12:16 | Violet Powell

Cycling- The 104th Tour de France cycling race- Training ahead of the weekend's start- Duesseldorf Germany

Cycling- The 104th Tour de France cycling race- Training ahead of the weekend's start- Duesseldorf Germany

He has found that again in 2017 at UAE Team Emirates, a long-standing World Tour team that for the last few years was known as Lampre-Merida until a sponsorship change.

On the eve of the Tour de France, Team Sky have confirmed Chris Froome has signed a contract extension running until the end of the 2020 season.

I don't think this Tour will be won and lost on a single stage, but a combination of three weeks put together.

But Porte was having none of that when he fronted the world's media two days before the start of the world's biggest bike race.

The firm has today announced that the 2017 Tour will see the introduction of new machine learning technology that will make the action more immersive than ever before. "He wasn't far off in the Dauphine, although Richie was clearly riding better", McEwen, who will head up SBS' coverage of the Tour de France, explains.

What he's done in the last few years, going from the track, going to the Classics and now focusing more on stage racing, it's incredible to see how he has evolved and he can literally now do anything he wants.

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

"It's the first time in my career I have a fully dedicated team to me so it's my chance to have as good a crack as winning this race as possible".

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The group Dimension Data, a tech partner for the Tour de France, is tapping into "machine learning and predictive analytics", they say to make estimates not only each stage victor but whether the peloton can catch up to breakaway riders-or the likelihood on whether a particular rider can beat their rivals on a mountain stage.

If he wins his fourth title this year, Froome would trail only Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain - who all won five Tours.

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

A former team-mate of GC rival Froome, Porte's 2016 Tour was hampered early on as he suffered a puncture on stage two, leaving him playing catch-up.

While no major time gaps should occur, the opening stage will allow just a small peak at how each of the 198 riders on the start list is going.

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.

"We've learned from past seasons and I've struggled to hold form in the last week of the Tour".

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