Quintana trains to combat Froome's main strength

Nairo Quintana has tailored his training to counter one of Chris Froome's main strengths as he plots a path to victory in the Tour de France.

Quintana finished second to Froome in the 2013 and 2015 Tours but hopes to go one better in 2016.

Nairo Quintana is regarded as the man most likely to deny the Team Sky man a third title this summer.

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Imlach and Boardman's 2016 Tour predictions

Gary Imlach (left) and Chris Boardman.

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We spoke to our presenters Gary Imlach and Chris Boardman before the Tour to ask for a few quickfire predictions and comments on the 2016 race.

Who do you think will win this year's Tour?

Gary: I’m tempted by form and history to say Chris Froome, but I’m going to double down on last year’s prediction that Nairo Quintana would survive a tricky first week and ride away from his rivals in the mountains. He did take time from Froome in the Alps in 2015. Unfortunately for him, he’d already conceded more time on the flat in Stage 2 than he eventually lost by in Paris.

Chris: Probably Chris Froome because he’s got a very strong team but it’s not a nailed on certainty. Quintana lost last year in the first week. If he doesn’t make the same mistake again, he’s the biggest threat.

TV schedule: When to watch Le Tour 2016 live on ITV4

Check out the schedule for our coverage of the 2016 Tour de France. This year is the seventh time ITV4 has screened daily live coverage and extended highlights of the Tour, with a total of 70 hours of live cycling to be shown during the event. It is part of ITV’s deal to show cycling’s showpiece event until 2019 at least.

Will Briton Chris Froome defend his Tour yellow jersey in 2016?

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