Cycling: Boasson Hagen ready for the tenth Tour de France with NTT Pro Cycling

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“We have four chances in the first four stages, and the opportunity to wear the yellow jersey after the first stage as we did in 2016.”

Pozzovivo is returning after a training accident last year that saw him sustaining fractures to his right leg, left arm, collarbone and ribs, and according to Ryder, “hundreds of grams” of metal were removed from his body.

“It gives us a chance to do something special in week three,” Ryder said.

NTT Pro Cycling was named MTN-Qhubeka when it debuted on the circuit in 2015, becoming the first African team to participate in the biggest cycling event.

The 107th edition of the Tour begins in Nice on August 29 and is expected to end in Paris on September 20, having been postponed from its beginning at the end of June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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