Chris Froome’s main Tour de France rivals as the three-time champion begins title defence starting in Dusseldorf

CHRIS FROOME is about to get his Tour de France defence underway on Saturday as the three week race will get underway at the Grand Depart in Dusseldorf.

Froome, 32, has simply signed a brand new contract at Group Sky to maintain him with Dave Brailsford's outfit until 2022.

 Chris Froome (centre) is vying to win his fourth Tour de France title with Team Sky

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Chris Froome (centre) is vying to win his fourth Tour de France title with Staff Sky
 Australian Richie Porte was Chris Froome's team-mate at Team Sky and the pair remain best pals

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Australian Richie Porte was Chris Froome's workforce-mate at Group Sky and the pair stay greatest buddies

And with the world's biggest bike race about to start out, SunSport seems to be at the riders that would problem Froome for honours in Paris.

Richie Porte

(Aus, 32, BMC Racing)

EX-SKY rider been in excellent type all yr with wins in Tour Down Underneath and Tour of Romandie and second at the Criterium du Dauphine.

However query marks about power of staff and is susceptible for one duff day at each Tour.

Nairo Quintana

(Col, 27, Movistar)

 Nairo Quintana has been closest to beating Chris Froome in recent Tour de France editions

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Nairo Quintana has been closest to beating Chris Froome in current Tour de France editions

PLANS for a Grand Tour double got here unstuck with second at Giro d’Italia behind Dutch star Tom Dumoulin.

However typically higher in second Tour of yr as proved final yr by beating Froome at Vuelta a Espana after dropping Yellow Jersey battle.

Esteban Chaves

(Col, 27, Orica-Scott)

 Colombian Esteban Chaves will partner Simon Yates at Orica-Scott

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Colombian Esteban Chaves will associate Simon Yates at Orica-Scott

FIRST Tour de France, however already has a second at the Giro and third at Vuelta on his CV.

Raced so much early in the season however then hit by knee drawback.

Reality Simon Yates additionally being backed by the workforce might trigger management points on the street.

Simon Yates

(GB, 24, Orica-Scott)

 Simon Yates has gradually risen to be one of the best cyclists in the world

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Simon Yates has regularly risen to be considered one of the greatest cyclists in the world

FAMILY rivalry will see him determined to match twin brother Adam who was fourth general and gained Greatest Younger Rider final yr.

Particular prime-10 contender. Time trialling is his weak level, however lack of miles racing towards the clock this yr a bonus.

 The Tour de France starts in Dusseldorf in Germany before crossing into Belgium and then France

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The Tour de France begins in Dusseldorf in Germany earlier than crossing into Belgium after which France

Romain Bardet

(Fra, 26, AG2R La Mondiale)

 Romain Bardet remains one of the big French hopes at the Tour de France

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Romain Bardet stays considered one of the massive French hopes at the Tour de France

SECOND to Froome final yr. Has constructed his entire season round taking that additional step on the victory podium in Paris.

No Frenchman has gained Le Tour for 32 years since Bernard Hinault, this yr might see the finish of that lengthy wait.

Chris Froome turns into first Briton to win the Tour de France 3 times

CHRIS FROOME is about to get his Tour de France defence underway on Saturday as the three week race will get underway at the Grand Depart in Dusseldorf.

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