Published: Sat, July 01, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

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Tour de France crash: Most spectacular pile-ups in famous race

One of the teams most valued climbers, Nieve is set to ride his third Tour de France in support of Chris Froome. "To start the Tour with Froomey will be a special moment". It's what makes the race what it is.

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"I have plenty of fond memories of riding the Tour". I can't wait for it to start now.

"I don't mind the pressure, I've had it since I started the Tour", he said.

My preparation has been going well.

While there aren't many marathon climbs in this year's race, event organisers have picked out a handful of incredibly steep, shorter climbs suited to explosive riders.

"Maybe it's a bit less favorable than other years", he said. "He's ready to be up there and we are ready as a team", the Italian said.

"There's good reason to get excited", Robbie McEwen - a three-time victor of the Tour de France's green jersey - told The New Daily.

I don't think this year's course necessarily suits me as well as previous Tour de France courses have. Its a big deal for everybody, and I hope it will be a big celebration of cycling across the two days in Germany. Surprisingly, it was the first time he made headlines leading up to the Tour de France - for the first time since 2012, he's gone winless on the roads leading up to the big race.

The best riders are awarded with different coloured jerseys depending on the standings in four different competitions within the Tour. "He just told me to do the best I can".

Racing his first Tour de France in Team Sky colours on the back of a triumphant first half of the season, Kwiatkowski is in some of the best form of his career.

At the end of the day the goal is to win and it's not necessarily about how you win. It's fun and it does bring the racing alive.

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For the first time, the 2,360-metre Col d'Izoard will host a finish of a stage although it has featured on the Tour 34 times since 1922, building up a fearsome reputation. It's a massive climb.

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Two teams of seven cyclists will be setting off with their own Grand Depart tomorrow, July 1, for the Le Tour Team Spin Challenge at Benton Hall Golf and Country Club in Witham.

The Tour de France solution uses a cloud-based virtualised data centre to provide the scale and flexibility required to operate. "He is always the number one rival". Bardet, two-time victor Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) could try to blow the stage open.

But BMC's Porte said he wasn't fooled by Sky's praises.

This year he finished second at the Paris-Nice, but only managed to place 11th at this month's Dauphine.

"It might not immediately look it in terms of profiles, but its a really challenging course and it will be a hard Tour to win". Falter once, and your position could easily be overtaken by another rider. He's definitely one of the guys to look out for.

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How would it feel to win the Tour again? Aiming for that fourth victory has given me a lot of motivation. "I don't see any reason why that should change".

"But the sensations are positive, I'm looking forward to coming to this race because it's the main objective for me and for our team".

"In the past, I worked for the team, now I'm happy that the team has entrusted me with trying to be as competitive as possible in the stages that suite me most".

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).

I think he is one of those riders who can nearly fit into any role within the team.

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