France, Ag2r-la Mondiale Ag2r-la Mondiale’s ace, Romain Bardet, is the French favourite and has stood on the final podium twice, posting four top-10s from five starts. But Bardet’s weak time trialling hampers him. If he can’t crack Froome on the climbs, he has no chance of winning. Last year, even with his team making strong, smart moves, he was, for the most part, frustrated in his attempts to shake his rivals, although his triumph on Peyragudes was sheer brilliance. Bardet took a one-day race victory in late February before earning a surprise runner-up spot in the Strade Bianche. His notable stage race results were 13th in both Tirreno-adriatico and Itzulia Basque Country.