Thibaut Pinot of France, Bardet, Froome, Richie Porte of Australia and Julian Alaphilippe of France.
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Chris Froome said the 2017 Tour de France champion will be decided in the mountains as he looked forward to a new duel with his biggest challenger this year, Romain Bardet.In the 104th Tour, it is just 23 km.If the crucial penultimate day's time trial starting inside Marseille's Velodrome football stadium is only 23 km long, it should be run in the peak summer heat and will notably feature a 1 km stretch at an almost 18 percent gradient.In total contrast, the following day's stage 13 is a short but spectacular 100 km mountain run from Saint Girons culminating in a 27 km hair-raising descent to Foix, featuring extreme climbs and descents along the way.The 181 km fourteenth stage culminates in Rodez where the Belgian out-paced Sagan for a stage win in 2015 .
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