Chris Froome has dominated the Tour de France in recent years with three wins in the past four years, however the Team Sky rider heads into the 2017 race having struggled this season with not a single win to his name. These struggles have given added belief to his main rivals - namely Nairo Quintana and Richie Porte - that this could be their year.
Porte has has enjoyed some notable success this year, the former Team Sky rider winning the Tour de Romandie and Tour Down Under this season with the 32-year-old also finishing runner-up in the Criterium de Dauphine. His first ever Tour de France ended in a fifth-place finish last year and as such we believe that he has a great chance of winning the race in 2017.
Cairo Quintana has come very close to winning the Tour de France in recent years, the Colombian rider finishing second in 2013 and 2015 as well as finishing in third position last year. He finished second at the Giro d'Italia and will pose a tough challenge to Froome, especially if the Brit fails to improve upon recent performances.
Nevertheless we envisage that Froom will put all his recent struggles firmly behind him as he focuses on grabbing a fourth Tour de France win. He has improved in recent outings with a fourth-place finish in the Criterium du Dauphin and he certainly has a proven ability to win this race, doing it three times already. Froome will look to create some breathing space between him and his principal rivals in the early stages of the race before his team's winning experience will make an impact. Froome's main rivals should be kept at bay from this point onward as the 32-year-old closes in on a fourth Tour de France win of his career.