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January 18, 2022
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Tour de France 2014 revealed

Chris Froome believes the 2014 Tour de France will be even harder than the 2013 edition and has admitted the cobblestones on stage five present a “risk” to the riders, according to Sky Sports. The reigning champion was present in Paris as organisers Amaury Sports Organisation unveiled a 3,656km parcours featuring five summit finishes and a 54km individual time trial. The race starts with three days in England, before tackling 15.4km of cobbles in northern France and then heading into the Vosges, Alps and finally Pyrenees mountain ranges. “I like it,” Froome said. “It’s challenging and it has got a bit of everything. With five hilltop finishes, that makes it in my eyes harder than last year’s Tour de France. “The cobblestones are something we are going to have to prepare for specifically and look at very carefully at how we minimise the risks. There are accidents and mechanical problems that could happen” Cavendish honoured. “I started my first Tour de France in London and to go back to the UK for the start of the race for the second time in my career is a big, big thing,” he said. “To do it as well in my mother’s home county of Yorkshire is an honour. The first stage finishes in my home town, so a lot of my family will be there. We have an apartment literally 50 metres from the stage finish. I used to stay there two or three times a year as a child.”

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