Tour de France GC analysis: Froome sounds ominous warning for rivals on opening day

On the first evening of the 1995 Tour de France, Miguel Indurain watched the heavens open over Saint-Brieuc, he saw Chris Boardman slide off his Lotus bike and into a roadside barrier, and he sagely opted to ride the prologue time trial on a regular road bike and soft-pedal around the course. Three weeks later, as per habit, he rode into Paris in the yellow jersey.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.