The Tour de France is one of the most demanding events in all of sports.
As part of a new pilot this year, ASO and Dimension Data are exploring the role of predictive analytics technologies to assess the likelihood of various race scenarios, such as whether the peloton will catch the breakaway riders at certain stages of the race.
Froome has already demonstrated his ability to emerge on top over the course of three gruelling weeks. The enhanced Tour de France solution uses a fully cloud-based, virtualised data centre which provides scale, and means fewer people are required on the ground to enable the solution. That's the Tour de France.
I've said for a long time that Richie has got the potential to win the Tour de France, it's just a matter of time until everything works out for him.
What will be the key stages at this year's Tour de France? That's given me a lot of motivation.
Team Sky rider Christian Knees has described racing the 2017 Tour de France as doubly special with the Grand Depart taking place in Dusseldorf, just 80km from his hometown in Germany. 2007 is remembered by British fans for the hugely successful Grand Départ in London, but for German cycling it was a different kind of landmark: when the country's broadcasters publicly turned their backs on the Tour after a year-long rash of doping scandals and confessions involving the country's flagship team T-Mobile.
"Chris has won three Tours and there's no reason he can't win a fourth", Porte argued.
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"Cycling is very hard and I would prefer to win each race but I understand than this is a better approach".
"I think I could be fit enough to ride in the Tour".
'To be honest I'm just looking forward to getting started on Saturday.
"I don't want to jinx it".
At the end of the race, the "Super Combatif" prize is also awarded to the rider deemed most aggressive in the whole race.
Known for his attacking instincts, Bardet has shown steady improvement at this race and demonstrated his class with a solo triumph on Mont Blanc past year.
Other riders to watch out for include former time trial World champion Vasil Kiriyenka, Geriant Thomas and Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), Jashua Sutterlin and Johnathan Castraviejo (Movistar), Fabio Felline and Matthias Brandle (Trek-Segafredo) and Luke Durbridge (Orica - Scott). "You can't just wait for the big climbs". After winning Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo, Kwiato earned two podium finishes in the Ardennes Classics, before demonstrating his versatility by producing an inspired climbing performance in support of Chris Froome at the Criterium du Dauphine. He can really climb well when he needs to, he has a really good "Classics" sense of positioning and of being in the right place at the right time.