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Tour de France Grand Depart: Thomas starts defence in Brussels

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Geraint Thomas & Chris Froome

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Bicycle figures are set around Brussels

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Brussels bike feature

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Koningsplein Square, Brussels

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Good morning and welcome to possibly the biggest annual sporting event in the world.

I know there’s Tennis, Cricket and a Women’s World Cup (Football) in full swing but for many theTour de Franceis the sight and sound of the summer.

Oh and if you’re wondering about its greatness – around 4,500 people work on the Tour and some 10-12 million fans are expected to line the route.

That’s more live spectators than an Olympic Games or Fifa World Cup.

Founded in 1903 by Henri Desgrange, editor ofL’Autonewspaper, this is the 106th edition of the Tour and Geraint Thomas is the defending champion, with British riders having won six of the last seven races.

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