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Porte revealed the nine-man team had trained for just about every scenario after being plagued by bad luck in recent years, most noticeably the disastrous stage two puncture in last year's Tour that cost him a podium spot.

Once a member of Froome's team, his 2017 wins in the Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie give him plenty of momentum leading up to Saturday's start.

The British team were clearly intent on showing a united front to a public which has grown increasingly sceptical of their methods since the last Tour.

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Three-time Tour victor Froome had on Wednesday described Porte as "the man to beat" after the Tasmanian's strong showing at the Criterium du Dauphine earlier this month. I can't just rely on what I did the year before.

Chris Froome has had his critics - most recently after showing rare moments of fallibility on the recent Criterium du Dauphine - and now even his 18-month-old son has got in on the act.

I'm going to have to make sure I'm absolutely at my best and to take advantage of any situations out on the road.

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Home hope Romain Bardet carries the burden of expectation on his shoulders, with no Frenchman having won the Tour since Bernard Hinault's fifth success 32 years ago. Falter once, and your position could easily be overtaken by another rider.

"It might not immediately look it in terms of profiles, but its a really challenging course and it will be a hard Tour to win".

"I think it could be free for all". 'But how that affects their tactics I don't know'.

It would just be incredible to win a fourth Tour.

"In the past, I worked for the team, now I'm happy that the team has entrusted me with trying to be as competitive as possible in the stages that suite me most".

The biggest star should be Peter Sagan of BORA-Hansgrohe, who has dominated the battle for the green jersey for years and will tackle a course that appears tailor-made for the Slovak to show his many talents. It will be the first time that the 14.1km Col d'Izoard climb has hosted the end of a stage, despite its mythical status in Tour history.

"I've finished second a few times and had some thirds so I'd like to change that", Porte told The Examiner. It was followed by the backers of the country's other two top-level professional teams after more doping cases and in 2009 the hugely successful Deutschland Tour also ceased to exist. He's been with the team a long time now and has a lot of experience.


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