Champion Froome: 'increased pressure' on home soil

Yellow Jersey holder Chris Froome has spoken of the pressures that come with racing as a defending champion on home soil, at a news conference ahead of this year's Tour de France.

Speaking ahead of today's opening ceremony for Saturday's Grand Depart, the 2013 winner said his team "couldn't ask for any more warmth" from the crowds that have amassed in Yorkshire.

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Millions watch Tour de France start in Yorkshire

Cycling fans - including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry - watched the start of the world's most famous cycle race in Yorkshire over the weekend. Millions of spectators lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the sprinters.