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Gallery: Froome leads Team Sky reconnaissance over Tour de France stages

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Chris Froome's Pinarello race bike

Chris Froome's Pinarello race bike
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Team Sky out riding stage one of this year's Tour de France

Team Sky out riding stage one of this year's Tour de France
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Chris Froome leads his Team Sky teammates

Chris Froome leads his Team Sky teammates
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Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the Tour de France in July

Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the Tour de France in July
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Chris Froome makes a solo out while training in Yorkshire

Chris Froome makes a solo out while training in Yorkshire
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) before his training ride

Chris Froome (Team Sky) before his training ride
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Team Sky leader Chris Froome

Team Sky leader Chris Froome
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Dave Brailsford and Richie Porte deep in conversation

Dave Brailsford and Richie Porte deep in conversation
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Team Sky's number two Richie Porte

Team Sky's number two Richie Porte
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Chris Froome's Pinarello race bike

Chris Froome's Pinarello race bike
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Chris Froome before hisreconnaissance

Chris Froome before hisreconnaissance
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Reconnaissance is an important aspect for any grand tour contender

Reconnaissance is an important aspect for any grand tour contender
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The Team Sky riders gather before their reconnaissance

The Team Sky riders gather before their reconnaissance
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David Lopez and Dave Brailsfords

David Lopez and Dave Brailsfords
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Chris Froome leads Richie Porte

Chris Froome leads Richie Porte
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Chris Froome and teammate Richie Porte traded the altitude and warm weather of Mount Teide in Tenerife for the higher latitude and colder climates of Yorkshire this week. The two Team Sky riders paid a visit to the English country to reconnoitre the opening stages of the Tour de France.

The pair arrived in the UK earlier this week and began their recon on Friday, with stage 1. This year’s Tour de France will spend three days in Yorkshire, beginning on July 5.

The opening day will be a sprinter’s stage from Leeds to Harrogate. Stage 2 will be a big test for the general classification riders. It has been likened to the parcours of the Ardennes classics, with nine climbs for the riders to contend with, along with the rough and windy roads of Yorkshire.

Froome is aiming to defend the Tour de France title that he took last year, with Porte once again taking up the role as his lieutenant. The team have won the last two Tours de France, but face some tough competition in Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).

The Tour de France begins on July 5th and finishes in Paris on July 27.

Click here for the gallery of Froome and Porte’s visit to Yorkshire.