This year's Tour features only three summit finishes so may not seem entirely suited to a climber like Quintana, but the short number of time trial kilometres lessens one key weakness he has against Team Sky's three-time victor Chris Froome. Porte is one of the class time trial riders in the field and if he is at the pointy end of the overall standings, this could mean to him what the Grenoble time trial meant for Cadel Evans six years ago. Its a big deal for everybody, and I hope it will be a big celebration of cycling across the two days in Germany.
"I'm going nowhere", declared the manager.
Simon missed previous 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.
FDJ will deploy a series of activations at the start and finish areas of each stage, while the company will also have a presence in the Tour's Publicity Caravan, which travels to each stage of the event.
The unconventional nature of this year's Tour could prove a blessing, as the race has perhaps grown stale in the last few years.
The French public have warmed to the rider, that surreal moment of him running up Mont Ventoux when his bike snapped putting him into Tour folklore in an altogether different manner.
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- Sylvain Chavanel will participate in his 17th Tour de France in 2017, equalling George Hincapie, Stuart O'Grady and Jens Voigt for most entries into the race.
Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, A.S.O. said, "Today, our followers want to be immersed in the event".
Reigning champion Chris Froome and leading rival Richie Porte are both strong time triallists. Bardet, two-time victor Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) could try to blow the stage open. I think the route really suits a rider like Bardet, and he showed past year that he has to be taken seriously. "I have been resting and training well since the Dauphine", he said.
"It might not immediately look it in terms of profiles, but its a really challenging course and it will be a hard Tour to win". 'But how that affects their tactics I don't know'.
In lining up for this year's Tour you chose to aim for a fourth Tour de France victory. Mark Cavendish won the overall green jersey in the 2011 edition of the Tour.
"To be honest I'm just looking forward to getting this started on Saturday". This year, Dimension Data's technical teams work together across four continents via hyperconnected mobile collaboration hubs equipped with the latest digital and virtual workplace technologies. That might be crosswinds or a really short climb to the finish where a lot of teams will think they have an opportunity.
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