WHO WILL BE HAPPY WITH THE TOUR ROUTE?
N ot much fazes Chris Froome and with four Tour titles under his belt, he and his arsenal of Sky team-mates should be able to navigate the various potential banana skins thrown into the 2018 route. The host of mountain stages should play to his and their strengths, and again he can use his TT ability on the penultimate day if he needs to take more time. Climbers such as Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet will be happy too, with the lack of testing against the clock, though both will have to work hard to not get caught out in the opening week’s array of stages. Dan Martin is another who will relish the route, particularly the punchy stages in Brittany, while the short mountain stages should suit his aggressive style. Many were hoping to see Giro winner Tom Dumoulin mount a challenge to Froome, but with just 31km of TTs on the route, he might hold o f another year.
Froome was awarded the Velo d’Or at the Tour presentation