Froome at the top

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Bri­tain’s Chris Froome will be eye­ing a fourth Tour De France ti­tle when he takes part in this year’s event. Froome, 32, is the de­fend­ing cham­pion and has won world cy­cling’s premier en­durance event three times in the past four years.

But al­though his Team Sky is talk­ing up his chances, Froome is more guarded, pre­fer­ring to put the fo­cus on Aus­tralian Richie Porte. After fin­ish­ing fourth at the Cri­terium du Dauphine, Froome was full of praise for Porte, who fin­ished sec­ond.

“Richie was far and above the strong­est man in the race,” said Froome. “I still say that he’s the favourite for July (in France) and the strong­est rider in the pelo­ton at the mo­ment.”

Porte, 32, a two-time win­ner of Paris-Nice, has been in top form this year win­ning the Tour Down Un­der and the Tour de Ro­mandie.

If he does triumph in the Tour De France, Porte will be­came just the sec­ond Aus­tralian win­ner, after Cadel Evans in 2011.

Tour De France win­ner Chris Froome (cen­tre)

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