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But the Launceston rider admits the situation is far from clear and would like to put it beyond all doubt by claiming a stage in this year's Tour, which begins with a time trial in Dusseldorf on Saturday. At the end of each Tour de France, the most combative cyclist of the whole race is given the "super-combativity" award.

Mark Cavendish could become the out-right leading stage victor, while Peter Sagan will look to continue his dominance of the points classification.

Three times Tour de France victor Chris Froome has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Team Sky until the end of 2020, Sky said on Friday.

However Quintana, who finished third in last year's Tour before winning the final grand tour of the season, the Vuelta a Espana, thinks racing in the Giro could even help him. Three other riders stand out in terms of performances this year in time trials.

The 2017 Tour de France could be one of the most intense yet, with the world's best riders all vying for the coveted yellow jersey. "I don't have any trust issues, I can't make it any more plain". But to him, there's nothing that matches the Tour de France.

What he's done in the last few years, going from the track, going to the Classics and now focusing more on stage racing, it's unbelievable to see how he has evolved and he can literally now do anything he wants.

"I'm proud of what we've achieved in this sport, proud of this team and proud to be sitting here and to be getting ready for the race".

Will Brit Chris Froome be able to defend his title for Team Sky for the fourth time?

FINISH: Richie Porte of Australia and BMC Racing Team rides towards the finish line of stage twelve of the 2016 Le Tour de France.

Of his own chances, he rates them highly having improved both his descending and strategic approach which could be vital in a race short on time-trials and mountain-top finishes, areas where he has shone.

"I'm not superstitious enough to have to win the Dauphine to win the Tour", he says. They are seen as part of Tour de France history and it's a goal for me to try and be up there with them.

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"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".

For one, there is no shortage of rivals in the dominant Dauphine rider Richie Porte, Colombian climber Nairo Quintana and previous Tour victor Alberto Contador.

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