Froome pleased with 2017 Tour de France route as organisers try to inspire attacking racing

Mark Cavendish also gave his seal of approval on the Tour de France route for next year, which features fewer climbs than the last edition

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Concerned about the lack of set-piece contests between the favourites at this year’s Tour de France, race director Christian Prudhomme on Tuesday unveiled a 2017 Tour de France route that he hopes will ensure there is more action involving the GC favourites.

‘Our primary aim has been to unlock the fight for the yellow jersey, to encourage the favourites to attack each other from early on the race and right through until its finale,’ Prudhomme explained at the race launch in Paris’s Palais des Congrés.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.