Froome de­lighted at Tour de France route

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Bri­tain’s two-time Tour de France cham­pion Chris Froome be­lieves the route for the 2016 race is per­fect for him to claim a his­toric hat-trick.

The course for the 103rd edi­tion of the race was an­nounced in Paris yes­ter­day.

The 21 stages fea­ture 28 cat­e­gorised climbs, vis­its to An­dorra, Spain and Switzer­land, and two time tri­als.

“I think it’s a great course. It re­ally chal­lenges ev­ery as­pect of cy­cling, time tri­als, moun­tains, a tech­ni­cal de­scent,” the Team Sky rider said.

“It’s such an amaz­ing, spe­cial race, I’m still 30 years old and feel I have a lot left in my legs.

“(Next year’s course) suits me bet­ter,” he added, in ref­er­ence to the two time tri­als that to­tal 33.5 miles, a big in­crease on the one short in­di­vid­ual time trial that fea­tured in this year’s race.

The race will also re­turn to Mont Ven­toux on Bastille Day - 14 July - three years af­ter the fa­mous vic­tory that ef­fec­tively sealed Froome’s first Tour win.

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