The Latest: Luke Rowe first to start in Tour TT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) The Latest on the Tour de France time trial in Marseille (all times local):

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3:00 p.m.

Asked by local broadcaster France Televisions about the time trial course, Taylor Phinney said it will suit Chris Froome because it is fast and features a tricky ascent: a short but steep climb to Notre-Dame de la Garde cathedral.

''It's a good TT for Chris Froome. He'll be able to get on good speed on the flat. In the climb, he'll take a lot of time on people like me. He's 15 kilos lighter,'' Phinney said.

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2:35 p.m.

American Taylor Phinney has posted the best provisional time in the Marseille time trial, in 29 minutes and 21 seconds.

Phinney, a former pursuit specialist whose career was almost ended by a crash three years ago, has been competing in his first Tour this month.

Phinney rides for the same Cannondale-Drapac team as Rigoberto Uran and will now be able to give his team leader some precious advice on the fast route.

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1:50 p.m.

The riders are setting of in reverse order according to their placing in the general classification. Last-placed Luke Rowe, a teammate of Chris Froome at Team Sky, has been the first to go down the starting ramp at the Stade Velodrome.

Froome, who holds a 23-second lead over Romain Bardet, will be the last to start at 5:04 p.m.

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12:24 p.m.

Defending champion Chris Froome looks to seal his fourth Tour de France title in a time trial in Marseille, the penultimate stage of this year's race.

The Team Sky leader has a 23-second lead over Romain Bardet and is better than his French rival in the race against the clock.

A good time trialist, Rigoberto Uran is six seconds further back in third place and could overtake Bardet in the general classification ahead of Sunday's parade to the Champs Elysees.

Marseille's Stade Velodrome will stage the start and finish of the 22.5-kilometer (14-mile) time trial. The challenging route with more than two dozen bends will take riders on mainly flat urban roads. The main difficulty comes with a short but steep climb to Notre-Dame de la Garde cathedral, the most famous landmark in France's second-largest city.

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