Quintana says needs to be more daring to win Tour de France

by Noah Mcgee July 1, 2017, 0:14
Quintana says needs to be more daring to win Tour de France

While Porte has thrived since switching from Sky to BMC at the end of 2015, he told AAP ahead of the Tour that it would be silly not to listen to rival teams given this is a contract year for him.

The 27-year-old Colombian was edged into second place in the Giro d'Italia by Dutchman Tom Dumoulin in May. "So it's my chance to have as good a crack at winning this race as possible".

Mark Cavendish - who has won 30 Tour stages - was the man who took the crown prior to Sagan's ascendance, but the Briton may struggle to find his best form after a recent bout of glandular fever.

2016 Tour de France victor Chris Froome of Britain celebrates on the podium after the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France, Sunday, July 24, 2016.

Mr Consistency, Nairo Quintana has taken a spot on the podium in all three of Tours in which he has competed.

XPO teams have provided crucial behind-the-scenes support for the ASO organising team of the Tour de France since 1981. In 2013, on a similar stage, the Team Sky machine suffered a brutal onslaught from their rivals, leaving Froome on his own to fight Quintana, Contador and Alejandro Valverde.

Bardet said his team, with Swiss Mathias Frank, eighth overall on the Tour in 2015, and France's Pierre Latour, who won a Vuelta stage past year, was the strongest he had ever had around him. I say that because of the lack of mountain top finishes and also the lack of time trial kilometers.

“Were ready as a team and I cant wait for the Tour to start now.

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A British rider was involved in another farcical scene on stage seven of last year's race, when the inflatable banner marking 1km to go collapsed on Adam Yates.

"The UK now has some serious strength in depth across all types of terrain, so expect to see GB riders contesting daily wins, especially in the medium mountain stages.

He's the No.1 favourite with the No.1 saddlecloth and defending champ and he's won more Tours than anyone else racing", Porte said.

"Just to get into the Tour de France team, even if the start wasnt in Germany, would represent a great year for me".

"I have plenty of fond memories of riding the Tour".

Victory in four Tours or more is so exceptional, in fact, only four riders - Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault and Jacques Anquetil - have achieved that since the race began in 1903.

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.

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