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The 2016 Tour de France begins

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>> A front-row seat for the world's most famous cycling race. Fans from across the world gathering at Mont Saint-Michel to watch the start of this year's Tour de France. Among the crowd at the World Heritage site, a number of British fans. Many hoping to catch a glimpse of defending champion Chris Froome, who leads a powerful looking Sky team built to steer him to the yellow jersey.
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Froome last year proving he could repel outside pressure, the Brit hanging on to his lead despite media attacks and those coming from the crowd including having urine thrown at him. A race that never ceases to attract controversy will also try to stamp out rumors of illegal mechanical assistance, a threat so serious organizers in the union announced they would use thermal cameras to detect and deter hidden motors.
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Amid concerns the race could be targeted after November's Paris attacks, security will be tight. More than 20,000 police will be deployed and special forces ready to intervene. But with three weeks of racing ahead, competitors will be looking to enjoy the ride, on and off the track.