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The Tour de France contenders come out on stage

The Tour de France contenders come out on stage
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The 2017 Tour de France presentation

The 2017 Tour de France presentation
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Dan Martin at the 2017 Tour de France presentation

Dan Martin at the 2017 Tour de France presentation
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The cameras zoom in on Chris Froome and Adam Yates

The cameras zoom in on Chris Froome and Adam Yates
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Raymond Poulidor at the 2017 Tour de France presentation

Raymond Poulidor at the 2017 Tour de France presentation
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Chris Froome presented with a unique token at the 2017 Tour de France presentation

Chris Froome presented with a unique token at the 2017 Tour de France presentation
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Christian Prudhomme presents the 2017 Tour de France route

Christian Prudhomme presents the 2017 Tour de France route
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The favourites line up in front of the 2017 Tour de France route map

The favourites line up in front of the 2017 Tour de France route map
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The route of the 2017 Tour de France

The route of the 2017 Tour de France
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Thibaut Pinot, Romain Bardet and Chris Froome at the 2017 Tour de France presentation

Thibaut Pinot, Romain Bardet and Chris Froome at the 2017 Tour de France presentation
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Christian Prudhomme

Christian Prudhomme
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The route of the 2017 Tour de France

The route of the 2017 Tour de France
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The 2017 Tour de France route

The 2017 Tour de France route
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Christian Prudhomme presents the Tour de France route

Christian Prudhomme presents the Tour de France route
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The 2017 Tour de France presentation

The 2017 Tour de France presentation
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Smiles from Adam Yates at the Tour de France presentation

Smiles from Adam Yates at the Tour de France presentation
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Thubaut Pinot looks pensive as the 2017 Tour route is revealed

Thubaut Pinot looks pensive as the 2017 Tour route is revealed
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The map of the Tour de France 2017 route

The map of the Tour de France 2017 route
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Race directory Christian Prudhomme reveals the 2017 Tour de France route

Race directory Christian Prudhomme reveals the 2017 Tour de France route
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The Tour de France contenders on stage

The Tour de France contenders on stage
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Chris Froome and Romain Bardet sit next to each other

Chris Froome and Romain Bardet sit next to each other
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Chris Froome at the Tour de France 2017 presentation

Chris Froome at the Tour de France 2017 presentation
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Chris Froome on stage with some of his potential rivals for the 2017 title

Chris Froome on stage with some of his potential rivals for the 2017 title
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Some of the stars of the 2016 Tour de France stand up and applaud

Some of the stars of the 2016 Tour de France stand up and applaud
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The Tour de France 2017 presentation

The Tour de France 2017 presentation
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Christian Prudhomme presents the Tour de France route

Christian Prudhomme presents the Tour de France route
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Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme unveiled an interesting route for the 2017 edition of the race, one that will visit all five of the country's mountain regions, and spreads the summit finishes from stage 5 through stage 18.

Defending champion Chris Froome was seated next to his main French rivals Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot during the event, positioned amidst the dignitaries and assembled media at the Palais des Congrès in Paris to see what challenges await them next July.

It is the first time since 1992 that the Vosges, Jura, Pyrenees, Central Massif and Alps will all feature in the race. Miguel Indurain won that edition, but unlike 1992 - which had a massive 137km of individual time trials and a 65km team time trial, there are just 36km against the clock in the 2017 Tour de France.