01 July, 2017
Improving weather is expected early next week as the tour shifts southward through Luxembourg into northeast France.
"I would like every stage to finish uphill, but this is a Tour with fewer mountain finishes, so we will have to be more daring", he said.
In addition, FDJ will distribute 500,000 gifts to supporters at the roadside as the Caravan travels ahead of the peloton throughout the contest. The German brings a wealth of experience to the table and will relish racing his first Tour de France since 2012 on the back of a resurgent 2017.
"I think that was just one of those things that happen a year ago in the heat of battle". I say that because of the lack of mountain top finishes and also the lack of time trial kilometers.
"Now I'm looking forward to being a big part of Team Sky's future".
"It's a long road to the Tour but I'm motivated more than ever".
The ASO is hoping that, when brought together, all this information will make the 2017 Tour de France easier to follow and more thrilling for the viewers at home across the world. Three other riders stand out in terms of performances this year in time trials.
"There will be more strategy and movement (amongst the leading riders) - it will be an unusual Tour". Of course he is exhausted after the Giro but I think in those 33 days we've achieved what we wanted.
La Mondiale team riders including Jan Bakelants and Romain Bardet in action
The Frenchman, who enjoys tasting wines from the Rhone valley and the Languedoc region, has had a hard start to the season, after being thrown out of the Paris-Nice stage race for taking an illegal tow from a team vehicle.
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"I have plenty of fond memories of riding the Tour".
If his Giro dItalia form is anything to go by, Mikel Landa is likely to arrive at the Tour de France in outstanding shape. The world-famous bicycle race will depart from Dusseldorf, Germany on 1 July and finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on 23 July.
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