Tour de France 2017 – the contenders
Chris Froome oEmbed --> Age: 32 Team: Team Sky Country: Britain Previous appearances (finishes in brackets): 2008 (84th), 2012 (second), 2013 (first), 2014 (DNF – withdrew stage five), 2015 (first), 2016 (first) Stage wins: Seven (2012 – stage seven; 2013 – stages eight, 15 and 17; 2015 – stage 10; 2016 – stages eight and 18) Froome heads to France as the obvious favourite. His victory last year made him one of just eight men with three or more Tour wins to their name and the first to successfully retain the crown since Miguel Indurain in 1995. But he now has even bigger goals in mind. If he is wearing yellow in Paris again this year, Froome will stand alone on four overall victories and be tantalisingly close to the all-time record of five wins, held jointly by Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Indurain. However, his form so far this year is open to question. Each of his previous Tour wins were preceded by victory in the Criterium du Dauphine but this year he could only manage fourth, leaving him without a win on the road in 2017 so far.