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2016 Tour winner Froome assesses new route

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 00:35

Three times Tour de France winner Chris Froome says the 2017 route opens the door to an ''aggressive'' contest.

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SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (OCTOBER 18, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH CYCLIST AND THREE-TIME TOUR DE FRANCE WINNER CHRIS FROOME SAYING: "The 2017 Tour de France route certainly opens a door to be a very aggressive Tour de France, with such few time trial kilometres, only 23 kilometres plus a prologue. It's going to be a race that's won or lost in the mountains and only three summit finishes, so not that many opportunities for guys to really lay it down in that sense. But I think that will open the race up tactically in other parts of the race." STORY: Organisers on Tuesday (October 18) unveiled an unconventional route for the 2017 Tour de France featuring many early climbs in a bid to limit the opportunities for strong teams to dominate stages and reward aggressive riders so as to shake up the sport's greatest spectacle. They hope that the new mix will prevent the tactical riding which has allowed Britain's all-powerful Team Sky in particular to control many stages with meticulously planned and executed group riding. The 2015 and 2016 winner, Chris Froome of Team Sky said the route was light on the time trials that have helped him in the past, and the race will be decided in the mountains. "The 2017 Tour de France route certainly opens a door to be a very aggressive Tour de France, with such few time trial kilometres, only 23 kilometres plus a prologue. It's going to be a race that's won or lost in the mountains and only three summit finishes, so not that many opportunities for guys to really lay it down in that sense. But I think that will open the race up tactically in other parts of the race," he told reporters. The 2017 course features two short individual time trials including the penultimate stage in Marseille, starting and ending at the Stade Velodrome. It could favour France's Romain Bardet, who finished second overall this year.

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2016 Tour winner Froome assesses new route

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 00:35