Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy (R) cycles during a team training session in Utrecht, Netherlands, July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Alberto Contador will cement his status as the best grand tour rider of the modern era if he emerges as the winner of the Big Four's Battle Royale at the Tour de France – the most highly anticipated race in decades.The Spaniard is looking to achieve the Giro d'Italia/Tour double for the first time since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 but the competition has never been fiercer for the seven-time grand tour champion who will retire at the end of next year.Last year, Froome and Contador crashed out of the Tour and Nibali powered to victory as Quintana had skipped the race.Contador, similarly, will use every opportunity to aggress Froome, and the Tinkoff-Saxo rider has probably marked the dangerous descent from the col d'Allos (stage 17), the highest point of the Tour, as an attacking chance.
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