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Tour de France 2017

TOUR DE FRANCE 2017 : Its here!

From Saturday 1st July to Sunday 23rd July the 104th edition of the Tour de France will take place, which promises to offer a great attraction for all lovers of cycling. With a total of 3540 kilometres divided into 21 stages, the Grande Boucle will once again make us discover the hexagon and its little corners of paradise. For this Tour version 2017, the organisers have set the bar very high with many new features compared to previous editions. For the first time in 25 years, the five main French mountains will be visited in depth by the peloton which will survey the vertiginous coasts of the Vosges, the Jura, the Pyrenees, the Massif Central and the Alps. Another point to raise for this race, this year the Tour will leave from Düsseldorf in Germany, which has not happened since 1987. It is thus a return to the roots in this Tour de France 2017 which will also make us Travel in Belgium and Luxembourg, in short a breath of fresh air combined with a great sporting competition, all the ingredients combined for a great sporting moment!

who are the favourites ?

In view of the latest performances, several trends seem to emerge concerning the favourites of this Tour de France 2017. First Cristopher Froome (11/8 at Bet365), triple winner of the Tour and title holder is one of the best climbers of the Grande Loop. The English team Sky results this season do not plead in his favour given that they achieved their first Top 10 at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Nevertheless, Froome remains a formidable cyclist and his team will do everything to propel him on the podium. Behind him another rider will push very hard: Richie Porte (7/4). The Australian of the BMC team had one of his best seasons as demonstrated by his recent performance at the Dauphiné, when he achieved a very good second place. Richie Porte is a full-bodied athlete as good as a climber and no doubt he will be a serious contender for this 2017 Tour. Finally, the performance of Colombian Nairo Quintana (13/2 at Bet365) will also be Loupe, who took a month of rest to prepare for this Great Loop.  The rider of the Movistar team had a full season with already 6 wins to his credit. When it is known that the Colombian has made this race a priority this season, it is reasonable to think that the cyclist will fight a hard battle to win the race.

the outsiders

There is also a plethora of outsiders in this Great Loop 2017. We think in particular of Jakob Fuglsang (16/1). The Dane, who won the Dauphiné in Richie Porte's nose and beard, is in very good shape and will have to rely on him to play the holiday troubles. It will also be necessary to have a close look at his teammate and leader Astana, Fabio Aru (listed at 16/1). The Italian who returns from injury is slow to confirm the hopes placed in him but he should reach his peak form in July and remains on a good 5th place in Dauphiné. Attention also to Alejandro Valverde (20/1), discreet but a good climber, with 12 wins this season. His teammate Nairo Quintana could also create surprise in this round! Alberto Contador (proposed at 7/4 at Bet365) will want to try return to the front of the stage and will undoubtedly put on his experience (he won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009) to try to win. Finally, Romain Bardet (22/1) is the biggest French chance to get at least a Top 5. The 26-year-old Frenchman remains relatively consistent in his performances but has some difficulties in the time trial which could be detrimental. This does not detract from his qualities as a climber since Romain Bardet is able to follow the best in the most complicated climbs.