Procycling - - Prologue -

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

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