By James Rider
The maillot jaune, as well as the maillot blanc of Adam Yates, were won using Continental tyres - with the German brand supplying Team Sky and 10 other World Tour teams.
Eight out of the top ten riders in the general classification, including the three podium positions, used the manufacturer's tyres.
15 of the 21 stages were won on German rubber, proving pivotal on a variety of different stages, winning sprint, mountain and time trial stages.
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As well as the overall contenders, sprinters André Greipel and Mark Cavendish used Continental tyres, the latter winning four times during the Grand Boucle.
The company provides tyres for AG2R La Mondiale, BMC, Dimension Data, FDJ, IAM, Lampre-Merida, Lotto Soudal, Movistar Team, Orica-BikeExchange, Katusha and Sky.
Despite their recent success, Continental remain tight-lipped on whether they will look to sign contracts with other teams for the 2017 season, which could include the new Bahrain team.
Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.
Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.
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