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by Neal Rogers
June 23, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: UCI rule changes for 2018 include eight-man teams for Grand Tours, maximum peloton size of 176 riders; Team Sky announces Tour de France team intent on bringing Froome a fourth title; Froome: ‘This year’s Tour route doesn’t necessarily suit me’; BMC Racing announces Tour de France roster built around Richie Porte as sole leader; After runner-up finish at Giro d’Italia, Quintana ready to take on Froome at Tour de France; Gilbert seeking a third Belgian national road title in Antwerp; Tour de France champion Greg LeMond signs huge carbon fibre deal with Deakin University; Team Rwanda invited to Colorado Classic; Research delves into which nations hold overall best athletic prowess across all sports; Man rides 1,400 miles to hear deceased daughter’s heartbeat on Father’s Day
On Thursday, Team Sky issued an interview with reigning champion and three-time winner Chris Froome, who discussed varying topics such as the 2017 route, his main GC rivals, and the eight men backing him to take a fourth victory.
Fromme said this year’s route would make a fourth Tour victory challenging.
“I don’t think this year’s course necessarily suits me as well as previous Tour de France courses have,” he said. “I say that because of the lack of mountaintop finishes and also the lack of time trial kilometres. Having said that, it means that it’s going to be a lot closer race and a lot more exciting for the fans. Every Tour is a different race. I can’t just rely on what I did the year before. I have to always try to look to improve, try and look at upping my game. 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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