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Tour de France: Froome says he's in super condition

By:
Peter Cossins
Published:
June 27, 2013, 17:15,
Updated:
June 28, 2013, 10:00
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, June 27, 2013
Race:
Tour de France
Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

  • Chris Froome (Team Sky)
  • Chris Froome (Team Sky)
  • Chris Froome (Team Sky)
  • Richie Porte, Dave Brailsford and Chris Froome at the Sky pre-Tour presscon

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Sky leader believes there are seven or eight potential winners

Chris Froome got a first taste of what the status of Tour de France favourite brings with it when he attracted the biggest attendance of the day to the conference room on the Tour’s floating home in Porto Vecchio bay. Sitting alongside his teammates and Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford, Froome confessed, “I don’t think there’s much you can do to be ready for this amount of hype. It’s really different to any other races we’ve got on the calendar. It’s a bit of a surprise to see it.”

The Kenyan-born Brit described himself as being “in super condition. I feel ready and I feel I’ve got a strong team around me. I’m just looking forward to getting into the race now.”

He refused to be drawn on his rivals for the yellow jersey, simply stating: “There are a lot of very capable GC riders in this year’s Tour de France. I’m not going to name them because I’m sure to miss one out, but I’d say there are close to seven or eight guys who stand out as potential winners.”

However, he did acknowledge the difficulty of the opening three days of the race in Corsica. “One of the objectives for this race will be about limiting losses on the less decisive stages and then we can look at the rest of the race from there. That’s definitely the objective here in Corsica,” said Froome, whose run of race-winning success this season began on the island at the Criterium International in March.

His training partner and right-hand man, Richie Porte, offered further insight into the Corsican stages, and particularly the one to Calvi on day three. “We looked at it just after the Criterium International. We were a little bit shocked at just how technical it is. It will be a case of staying up at the front and staying out of trouble,” said the Australian.

“I think the whole first week is always nervous, and it will be especially nervous here. All of the GC teams are going to be at the front and all of the sprinters are going to be at the front so it’s going to be nice to watch on television… But we ride at the front in every race. It’s something we’re used to, we’ve done it at every race for the past two years. If we can come in with the same mentality hopefully we’ll stay safe.”

Asked to compare this year’s Sky line-up with last year’s Tour-winning team, Porte said: "It’s a different team, it’s a different Tour. It’s not like a car where you can look at the horsepower and see the difference. There’s probably a difference on the climbs. I think last year we were good but hopefully this year we’re better. We’ve got Geraint Thomas and Pete Kennaugh, who are climbing really well. We’ve lost guys, and you can’t replace Brad Wiggins, but there are going to be guys who step up like Christian Knees did last year.”

He then sketched out the differences and similarities between this year’s Sky leader, fellow Monaco resident Froome, and last year’s, defending Tour champion Bradley Wiggins. “Brad’s a great time triallist. He climbs totally differently to Chris. You don’t really see Bradley out of the saddle. He’s constant power and that’s how he likes to ride the climbs. Whereas Chris is just a bit of a thrash-machine, getting in and out of the saddle. On the road, though, they’re much the same – cool, calm and collected. There’s not really that much difference between having Brad or Chris as leader. The goal is the same – the top step in Paris.”

As Froome’s regular training partner in Monaco, Porte also offered an insight into the changes he has seen in the Briton saying: “He was so motivated coming out of last year’s Tour. He was convinced he could win. He could the rider of the next generation.”

 

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bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
The expression on his face says it all
iZnoGouD More than 1 year ago
Froome is unbeatable. He has super condition but also is very strong in the head, he loves to ride the bike unlike Wiggins who can't train hard without big goals
HCclimber More than 1 year ago
Why make statements like this so close to the tour? You would have said that at the Tour last year; Froome could have won, right? Yeah well according to Sky fan Froome was the best climber in the world...But really He wasn't, as we saw at the Vuelta. He has never won a mountain stage of a climb over 5km... Also SaxoTinkoff dont have Unlimited money like Sky, probably saving there best drugs for the TDF
Wattie More than 1 year ago
"He has never won a mountain stage of a climb over 5km". Yes he has: this year's dauphine stage to Valmorel to name but one - even his stage win in the Vuelta was a climb of 5.9km. HCclimber you may be, but you are not even fourth cat when it comes to checking your information.
TANK91 More than 1 year ago
Hey dopey did you watch the TDF last year stage 7 or 8im sure that climb was longer than 5 kms, what a full on Re tard
DrBigRing More than 1 year ago
Froome "a thrash-machine, getting in and out of the saddle." Really? He seems rather glued to the saddle, though not quite as sticky as Wiggins.
kdayfranceusa More than 1 year ago
Really agree. I'd say Contador is in and out of the saddle a lot more. But does that make him a "thrash machine"? Froome is a very exciting racer to watch and so is Contador. To see them go head to head should be a great show. May the best man win.
Michael Hunt More than 1 year ago
"Sitting alongside his teammates and Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford, Froome confessed,..." Ha-ha... I get it.
Drieser More than 1 year ago
He's Kenyan-born? No way!!
suteran More than 1 year ago
I totally agreed with the "robotic" comment here: gonna turn this beautiful, 100th annual race into a total snooze fest. He is one of the most boring riders I've seen.
Bossbiker More than 1 year ago
and then some!!
Wheelsucker11 More than 1 year ago
You must have missed this years Dauphine, as he attacked on 2 hill top finishes. REALLY BORING stuff watching people attack. You idiot.
philjthommo More than 1 year ago
Do you watch cycling? go watch the Dauphine (as wheel mentioned) or Criterium International stage 3 or TdF 2012 stage 7.
DaleUK More than 1 year ago
You obviously have not watched his attack against Cobo in the stage 17 Vuelta 2011, possibly the most aggresive I have seen from anyone in recent years, not to mention last years Vuelta and every race he has raced this year., what on earth have you been watching?
GuyIncognito More than 1 year ago
Google search 'Froome bilharzia'. Filter only results before august 2011 'Your search - froome bilharzia - did not match any documents. Reset search tools Make sure all words are spelled correctly.' Yes this Bilharzia story sure checks out
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Well I don't see where you are going with this one, as I read that, "Froome was first diagnosed with bilharzia in 2011, and was believed to have picked it up in Kenya in November 2010"
GuyIncognito More than 1 year ago
Picked it up in November 2010? I thought the theory you sky fans always peddled for his overnight transformation from perpetual also-ran to superstar was that he'd had bilharzia since he turned pro years before. Are you now saying you don't even have that flimsy explanation?
roadcyclingfan More than 1 year ago
Vincenzo Nibali is the one to watch. This may be the year of the Italian.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
You're going to have a great time watching for him then! Enjoy!
TANK91 More than 1 year ago
Lol you don't watch cycling then, as Nibali is not here.
philjthommo More than 1 year ago
but he is a road cycling fan he must be watching.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
Froome is unproven, he may win this year, but I think he will find it and sustaining it far more difficult than he imagines. as far as "staying at the front and out of trouble" that's exactly what every team wants to do and is what makes the first week so dangerous.
DaleUK More than 1 year ago
Road Duke , have you not seen his results for the last couple of years? 2011 Vuelta 2nd, Tour Beijing 3rd, 2012 Dauphine 4th, Vuelta 4th, TDF 2nd, Olympic Bronze in TT, 2013 4 x wins and a 2nd , this hardly looks like a rider who is struggl;ing to maintain form to me. In fact I would ask is any other rider able to match these results over the last 2 years? maybe Wiggins ? discounting the last few months , thats about it .