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Tour de France: Quintana, Froome and the leading yellow jersey contenders

Tour de France: Quintana, Froome and the leading yellow jersey contenders

The average age for a Tour de France victor is currently 28 years and two months, with Froome now over 32.

This isn't just because the more successful Froome becomes at winning Tours, historically speaking, the more his chances of further triumph decrease.

While Froome will be very much on the radar in terms of the race for the yellow jersey, Boardman expects plenty of other British success - even if sprinter Mark Cavendish isn't at his brilliant best.

2016 Tour de France victor Chris Froome of Britain celebrates on the podium after the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France, Sunday, July 24, 2016.

The duo launched a decisive attack on a wet descent in the Tour previous year that put Bardet up to second overall.

Mr Consistency, Nairo Quintana has taken a spot on the podium in all three of Tours in which he has competed.

Porte is among the favorites to challenge Froome after a solid start to the season, with wins at the Tour Down Under and Tour de Romandie and a second-place finish at the Criterium du Dauphine. 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. "But it would be nice if Team Sky had a bit more competition this year".

"The big favourite again is Froome but "Bird" (Quintana's nickname) is in good shape", he said.

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"It's a massive opportunity for me", Porte said at Thursday's pre-race media conference in Dusseldorf, where the Tour will start. Of course he is exhausted after the Giro but I think in those 33 days we've achieved what we wanted.

Rather than long time trials, one of his in-house specialities, or long spells in the mountains, where he has previously pulverized his rivals, there are few set-piece battle stages in the Pyrenees or Alps.

The 27-year-old Colombian comes into the race as one of the favourites having twice before finished second and come third last year - on each occasion when Chris Froome won the Tour.

"I'm not superstitious enough to have to win the Dauphine to win the Tour", he says.

But, ahead of the Tour de France start in Duesseldorf on Saturday, the Sky boss insisted his credibility is intact. They are seen as part of Tour de France history and it's a goal for me to try and be up there with them.

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

"I'd love to be on the final podium but I want to win stages as well but I can not go in breakaways because the peloton would not let me so I would need to have a good day and be the strongest on one of the climbing stages".


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