Mollema: I don't count Chris Froome as a Tour de France favourite anymore

Mollema in the lead group with Kruijswijk, Roglic, Bernal, and Quintana. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) has said he doesn't count Chris Froome among the contenders for this year's Tour de France, after being part of a lead group that rode away from the four-time Tour champion at the Tour de l'Ain on Saturday

Mollema made the selection brought about by the fierce pace set by his former team, Jumbo-Visma in the Jura mountains on stage 2, while Froome and a number of other big names were dropped. 

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