Froome: I'm on track to be at my best in the third week

There must have been a sense of déjà vu for Chris Froome as he sat down on the shores of Lake Thun in Switzerland for his press conference on the second rest-day of this Tour de France. It wasn't the sparkling blue waters or snow-capped Alpine backdrop that rang a bell, but rather his status as leader of the Tour de France as it enters its denouement, with a commanding buffer over his principal rival.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.