Sky not the force of old, says Tour rival Porte

Posted July 01, 2017

No, Porte would not feel the need to have his friend and great rival nobbled, judging by the confidence that seemed to radiate from his toned, Tasmanian torso at the official BMC Tour de France press conference. It wasn't ideal, but we've covered all bases possible this year.

Of his own chances, he rates them highly having improved both his descending and strategic approach which could be vital in a race short on time-trials and mountain-top finishes, areas where he has shone.

In addition, FDJ will distribute 500,000 gifts to supporters at the roadside as the Caravan travels ahead of the peloton throughout the contest.

Scott Thwaites is one of two Yorkshiremen who will ride the Tour de France this month.

. "I don't want people to think past year was a fluke". I wouldn't want to be doing anything else.

"I've been part of this team since the beginning and I've never seen anything untoward".

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This year, Sky have come under further scrutiny with British politicians looking into the circumstances surrounding why a jiffy bag containing medication was delivered to 2012 Tour victor Bradley Wiggins at a race a year earlier. I know it well so that makes it doubly special for me.

“To me, each Tour tells a different story. He's been with the team a long time now and has a lot of experience. For the first time since his first Tour victory in 2013, the Sky rider will start the race with no previous wins whatsoever.

"I think we're in the final process now of agreeing an extension".

- Froome is aiming to become the fifth rider to win three consecutive editions of the Tour de France (excluding Lance Armstrong's expunged results) and the first since Indurain between 1991-1995.

It is one motivating factor for the 32-year-old (right) as he bids for a fourth Tour title, along with the potential to make history, as a win would leave him one shy of five-time winners Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

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Who will be your main general classification rivals in the 2017 Tour de France?

The green jersey is awarded to the rider with the most points - the first riders across the line at the end of each stage and in intermediate sprints earn a set number of points and the rider (usually a sprinter) with the most points wears the green jersey. "But it would be nice if Team Sky had a bit more competition this year".

"I think I could be fit enough to ride in the Tour".

Sky's team principal Dave Brailsford has said there were "process failures" but has denied any wrongdoing. The world-famous bicycle race will depart from Dusseldorf, Germany on 1 July and finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on 23 July.

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