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"Anything is possible - in one way or another", Bardet, who was also sixth overall in 2014, told Reuters.

With two time trials, the pure climbers will have to use every opportunity they can to create separation.

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

"I think it will be hard racing every day - you can not lose one day". I say that because of the lack of mountain top finishes and also the lack of time trial kilometers.

The Team Sky Tour de France line-up will include Geraint Thomas, who looks set to become an additional asset for Team Sky Grand Tour glory.

The three-time Tour victor is in Dusseldorf for this weekend's Grand Depart, and is poised to extend his stay with Team Sky until 2021. Road captain on both occasions, the popular Welshman will have a huge part to play again in 2017 after another encouraging campaign for the Classics specialist. The list ranks it as the fourth most important stage for GC honours, even if the sparse number of kilometres makes big time gaps between the favourites unlikely. He's been with the team a long time now and has a lot of experience. In 1954, the Tour had its first non-French starting point - known as le Grand Départ - in that cycle-mad city, Amsterdam.

"Today, our followers want to be immersed in the event", said Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France.

The event will coincide with Stage One of this year's Tour de France in Dusseldorf.

“Were ready as a team and I cant wait for the Tour to start now. "But it would be nice if Team Sky had a bit more competition this year".

- Sylvain Chavanel will participate in his 17th Tour de France in 2017, equalling George Hincapie, Stuart O'Grady and Jens Voigt for most entries into the race.

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

Geraint Thomas is one of the most tenacious riders I know.

The world famous bike race, which beings in Düsseldorf on Saturday and finishes at the Champs-Élysées in Paris on the 23rd July, is for the first time having machine learning algorithms applied to it.

2017 has been a whirlwind year for Geraint Thomas.

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).

There had been speculation after the Giro the team could turn to Alejandro Valverde instead if Quintana's form was not good enough.



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