If Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana have genuine aspirations of knocking Chris Froome off the top step of the Tour de France podium by Paris they must make the race as aggressive as possible, says Sean Kelly.
The former all-rounder was talking to Cyclingnews on stage 17, a time trial that Froome won, with Contador finishing in second. The Spaniard now trails Froome by 4:34 but with three Alpine stages to come and Contador vowing to go on the attack at every opportunity the race is not quite over.
In this exclusive video Kelly talks about the tactics that may play out in the coming days, starting with stage 18 to Alpe d’Huez. An aggressive front from Saxo-Tinkoff and Movistar, Kelly believes, may well isolate Froome, as was the case on stage 9 to Bagnères-de-Bigorre.
That day Froome and Sky faced a number of attacks and the race leader was without teammates for most of the stage. He survived and has since bolstered his lead in the time trials and on the stage to Mont Ventoux.
But Kelly still sees Sky’s line-up as a opportunity for others to exploit.