Froome at the top
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)