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Machine learning comes to Tour de France

Machine learning comes to Tour de France”

Three-time victor and reigning champion Chris Froome will be taking part again as a member of Team Sky alongside British teammates Luke Rowe and Geraint Thomas - who has recovered from a shoulder injury sustained in this year's Giro d'Italia to take his place on the start line.

With Thibaut Pinot, who was third overall in 2014, targeting stage wins after a gruelling Giro d'Italia, Bardet is the only realistic hope of French success this time around.

- Overall, Froome is aiming to become just the fifth rider to win the race on four or more occasions (joining Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault and Indurain).

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

Should he win, he says it will eclipse the previous three Tour successes - in 2013, 2015 and past year.

To cyclists and non-cyclists alike, no term better conjures up that particular sport than "Tour de France". In 2013, on a similar stage, the Team Sky machine suffered a brutal onslaught from their rivals, leaving Chris Froome on his own to fight the likes of Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and ALejandro Valverde.

He said: "The Dauphine was just what I needed to get that extra bit of race rhythm".

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With the 2017 Tour de France starting on Saturday, our friends at GCN picked out 10 riders to look out for in the competition.

Yes, there's only three mountain stages, and two mountain finishes and two time trials but it's a hard course.

While no major time gaps should occur, the opening stage will allow just a small peak at how each of the 198 riders on the start list is going.

"You can't explain how elated we are to be able to announce Richie Porte has extended his contract with the BMC Racing Team for next season and onward", BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz said Thursday, two days before the Tour starts.

But opinions vary on whether he has a stage win to his name.

"Chris has won three Tours and there's no reason he can't win a fourth", Porte argued.

This promises to be one of the most action-packed stages of the Tour, with a climb to start the day and then three hors catégorie ascents to follow: La Biche, the brutal Grand-Colombier and the Mont du Chat, before a white-knuckle descent into Chambery.

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