AI will predict key moments at the Tour de France

Posted July 01, 2017

I say that because of the lack of mountain top finishes and also the lack of time trial kilometers.

Chris Froome can become only the fifth rider to win three consecutive editions of the Tour de France in 2017 after dominating the Grand Tour in recent years.

The British team were clearly intent on showing a united front to a public which has grown increasingly sceptical of their methods since the last Tour.

XPO teams have provided crucial behind-the-scenes support for the ASO organising team of the Tour de France since 1981. I think we've got the right team and I'm ready as well to do my best.

XPO's preparation for the Tour de France has taken five months to complete and involves a team of experts dedicated to ensuring that all 21 stages of the race run smoothly. That will hopefully mean I'm going to be a lot fresher coming into this period, when I'll be racing a lot. "He just told me to do the best I can". The race starts in Dusseldorf, Germany and cuts through Belgium and Luxembourg before traversing into the legendary unforgiving terrain of France to finish Stage 4.

Heading up the challenge is John Reeve who lost his son Tim to acute lymphoblastic leuakaemia in 2005 when he was just 23.

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"I think that was just one of those things that happen a year ago in the heat of battle". "I don't know what will happen this year but my sensations are good and this race is always good for me and my characteristics". Yes, there's only three mountain stages, and two mountain finishes and two time trials but it's a hard course.

For Froome's attempt at a fourth Tour to take shape, he needs the bulk of his team-mates to come through unscathed, and his main mountain assistants, Sergio Henao and Mikel Landa, in particular.

"They are just playing a game", he said".

Perhaps the safest bet in the Tour is Peter Sagan taking the honours in the points classification. "I don't see any reason why that should change". A hugely respected member of the squad, Knees will be a crucial part of the Team Sky lineup. It was followed by the backers of the country's other two top-level professional teams after more doping cases and in 2009 the hugely successful Deutschland Tour also ceased to exist.

Contador will enjoy the support of Dutchman Bauke Mollema, 11th past year and seventh on the Giro d'Italia this season, and Colombian Jarlinson Pantano, a Tour stage victor.

Other riders to watch out for include former time trial World champion Vasil Kiriyenka, Geriant Thomas and Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), Jashua Sutterlin and Johnathan Castraviejo (Movistar), Fabio Felline and Matthias Brandle (Trek-Segafredo) and Luke Durbridge (Orica - Scott).