TOUR 2017: Key stages of the Tour de France route

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The only other time he has not won the Dauphine since 2013, is also the only year Froome did not win the Tour de France, in 2014.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Chris Froome is the slight favorite, as he is listed with +125 odds. "I raced in France earlier this month, there was a great atmosphere on the roads and I don't expect it to be any different on the Tour". By contrast, the victor at this year's Tour will earn €500,000, or around £438,755, for cycling 3,540 kilometres (2,200 miles) over a gruelling three-week period.

"I'm proud of British Cycling, I'm proud of Team Sky, I'm proud of these guys, and I'm proud of the way we have tried to do everything in the right way".

The Pyrenees follow an air transfer to southwestern France and then comes the Massif Central before the race will likely be decided in the Alps with an unprecedented mountain-top finish at the Col d'Izoard in Stage 18.

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Such questions have dogged the team since September, when the Fancy Bears hackers revealed that 2012 Tour victor Sir Bradley Wiggins had received Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) ahead of each of his major races in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

"I came pretty close to being able to win both - I was first in the Tour and second in the Vuelta, and there was the Olympics in the middle as well which made it tricky - so there's a similar kind of thinking". Six particularly steep ascents stand out, starting in stage 5 with 20-percent gradients up to the Planche des Belles Filles ski station in the Vosges in eastern France. And what do we make of Mark Cavendish, Team Cannondale-Drapac, and Nairo Quintana? Live on-air coverage of the Tour de France will be supported by additional features on the Eurosport Player - the all-access on-demand digital pass that allows you to direct your own race by picking up to five additional on-course camera views.

Daniel Lloyd and Simon Richardson are excited... and who can blame them: we're just days away from the biggest road race in cycling, the three weeks of pedal-powered action that attracts the world's attention more than any other. And there aren't blocks of mountains like we've seen: there's a bit in the first week, a bit in the second week and a bit in the third week.

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