Tour de France start described as 'easy' with all 198 riders still involved

Riders and team staff talk about how different the start of the 2016 Tour de France has been compared to previous years

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This year's Tour de France is the first edition ever to arrive at the seventh stage with all 198 riders still in contention.

Etixx-Quick Step Sports Director Brian Holm says that without the stress of cross-winds, traffic furniture and major crashes, it is one of the easiest Tour starts he has seen.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.