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Tour de France 2018 race route promises to be tough test for Chris Froome

• Route unveiled at Paris ceremony, where champion received Vélo d’Or award
• Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin expected to mount stern challenge to Froome

Chris Froome, the defending champion, can expect a stern challenge from the Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin in next year’s Tour de France. Froome is chasing a record-equalling fifth victory to move level with the Belgian Eddy Merckx, the French riders Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, and the Spaniard Miguel Indurain.

Froome and Dumoulin won the three Grand Tours this year, with Froome adding the Spanish Vuelta and Dumoulin winning the Giro d’Italia.

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