Australia, BMC Richie Porte was on the form of his life last year and considered the main rival for Froome’s crown. The Aussie’s poor Grand Tour luck, however, continued with a nasty crash that took him to the hospital and swept up Dan Martin, scuppering the Irishman’s chances of finishing on the podium. Porte is a great stage racer with Paris-nice, Volta a Catalunya and Tour de Romandie titles on his palmares, but he always comes up short in Grand Tours, with only three top-20 achievements in 11 attempts, zero stage wins and no podiums. Can his luck change for 2018? Back-to-back wins in the Santos Tour Down Under eluded him in January by less than a second.