Team Sky confirms Chris Froome contract extension to end of 2020 season

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He's been with the team a long time now and has a lot of experience.

"I think I'm closer to (Froome) this year".

He added that "similar agreements with authorities" have been made in Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg for stages of the race taking place in those countries. I'd happily put my savings account on the German to take the stage, and the first yellow jersey, especially considering the fact that both Tom Dumoulin and Rohan Dennis are not participating in this year's race.

This year's Tour only features 36km of time trialling - 14km in stage one at Dusseldorf and then the crucial second-last stage.

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

"I've been at Team Sky since we began back in 2010 and for me it's home", he said.

"I'm just excited to get it started to be honest". It's a feeling that you don't get from any other race.

Stage 9 is a fearsome stage which takes in three hors catégorie (HC) climbs; the Col de la Biche, the Grand Colombier, and the Mont du Chat, before a final descent into Chambéry. I know it well so that makes it doubly special for me.

"Maybe it's a bit less favorable than other years", he said.


"I'm sure he will be at a great level in the Tour", he said.

The Tour has given me memories that I'll keep with me for the rest of my life.

"He is the defending champion and for me the big favourite". Even in 2014, when things had gone awry for Froome well before crashing out in the first week of the Tour, Froome had triumphed in five races prior to July. "I'm ready for the next three weeks". With a third straight victory, Britain's Chris Froome can stamp his place as one of history's greatest road racers.

Froome will use the stage he won in 2012 to try to seize the lead.

Colombian climber Sergio Henao is enjoying the finest season of his career.

In a time when Team Sky and British Cycling have been at the heart of months of negative headlines, Froome knows there is a certain amount of expectation for him to create a more positive turn of events.

"It's a little less worrying than the Giro, which had many more kilometres (of time-trials)". A rest day and two flat stages provide some recovery time before Stages 12 and 13 dive back into the mountains for 196 grueling miles.

Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and its partner Dimension Data have used an analytics platform for a number of years, but for the 2017 edition of Le Tour, machine learning and complex algorithms will match live data from the course with historical information to predict what might happen. The company is providing a cloud-based security system to guard IT systems throughout the Tour architecture, having blocked just over 1.4 million suspicious access attempts during last year's event.

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