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"I am sure this is where I want to be", he said of the new deal.

Porte rode for Team Sky, supporting Froome, from 2012 to 2015, before moving to Evans' former team, BMC, to be their main man.

Should Froome make it into yellow as expected at the Tour de France, which starts tomorrow, it is the first time his son will be properly aware of Daddy in the maillot jaune having been just six months at the time of win No 3.

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. "He wasn't far off in the Dauphine, although Richie was clearly riding better", McEwen, who will head up SBS' coverage of the Tour de France, explains.

“Were ready as a team and I cant wait for the Tour to start now.

The company expects to analyse over 3 billion data points during the 21 stages of the event (compared to last year's 128 million), combining the information collected from Global Positioning System transponders installed on each bike with historical data and external variables such as weather conditions and the steepness of the course.

"I'm going nowhere", declared the manager.

The unconventional nature of this year's Tour could prove a blessing, as the race has perhaps grown stale in the last few years. This year it will take in Germany, Belgium and France as riders cycle down from the start point of Dusseldorf, through Belgium and eastern France, before heading west across south central France.

"I think it could be free for all".

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But with just three mountain top finishes during the Tour, where Quintana is usually at his best, the Colombian agreed with Froome's assessment that the eventual victor will have to be attack-minded on other stages where it is seemingly harder to gain time.

Heading up the challenge is John Reeve who lost his son Tim to acute lymphoblastic leuakaemia in 2005 when he was just 23.

"Even when these young guys were coming through and were beating me here and there, I always knew I was still the best", he said.

It would just be incredible to win a fourth Tour.

"They are just playing a game", he said".

Peter Sagan is hoping to win a record-equalling sixth consecutive green jersey at the Tour.

"I'm very well and very much looking forward to taking part in my fifth Tour de France". Fresh from winning the Colombian national road championship in February the 29 year old won a thrilling edition of Paris-Nice, before enjoying a strong Ardennes campaign, co-leading the team alongside Michal Kwiatkowski.

Knees is another one of those riders who works so hard for the team and who will be a massive help in making sure we have numbers up at the front of the race. That might be crosswinds or a really short climb to the finish where a lot of teams will think they have an opportunity.