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Cycling- The 104th Tour de France cycling race- Training ahead of the weekend's start- Duesseldorf Germany

Cycling- The 104th Tour de France cycling race- Training ahead of the weekend's start- Duesseldorf Germany

- The 2017 edition of the Tour de France will start from Dusseldorf, the fourth time the Tour has started in Germany and the first time since 1987.

Porte led the 2010 Giro d'Italia before claiming its young rider classification and seventh place overall but would love to bank a stage win at one of Europe's big three races. Sniffer dogs will be used to locate any explosives and patrol in departure and arrival villages.

Nobody ever said winning the Tour de France was simple.

"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".

I don't think this year's course necessarily suits me as well as previous Tour de France courses have.

Victory in four Tours or more is so exceptional, in fact, only four riders - Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault and Jacques Anquetil - have achieved that since the race began in 1903.

The race is one of the most challenging to cover but attracts significant television audiences.

"I would like every stage to finish uphill, but this is a Tour with fewer mountain finishes, so we will have to be more daring", he said.

Should he win, he says it will eclipse the previous three Tour successes - in 2013, 2015 and a year ago.

What he's done in the last few years, going from the track, going to the Classics and now focusing more on stage racing, it's awesome to see how he has evolved and he can literally now do anything he wants.

To cyclists and non-cyclists alike, no term better conjures up that particular sport than "Tour de France".

Each year the route is different. "Froome will come here with the best form he can have".

Three-time victor and reigning champion Chris Froome will be taking part again as a member of Team Sky alongside British teammates Luke Rowe and Geraint Thomas - who has recovered from a shoulder injury sustained in this year's Giro d'Italia to take his place on the start line.

"But the sensations are positive, I'm looking forward to coming to this race because it's the main objective for me and for our team".

The Tour de France solution uses a cloud-based virtualised data centre to provide the scale and flexibility required to operate.

"He's the No.1 favourite with the No.1 saddlecloth and defending champ and he's won more Tours than anyone else racing", Porte said.

With the usual mind games going on in the build-up to the start - Team Sky have named Porte as favourite - the Australian just wants get on his bike and ride.

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