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Sky DS Nico Por­tal on… Froome’s bad Giro start

“Some­times you crash and you look around and think, ‘Oh I’m OK,’ and you quickly try to make prepa­ra­tions to com­bat the ef­fects. But af­ter two, three days we re­alised it was harder than ex­pected. But we were al­ways keep­ing mo­ti­va­tion high be­cause we know how the Giro is in the third week and we al­ways wanted to keep fight­ing as it can get crazy.”

Froome as a leader

“I think he is a dif­fer­ent leader than maybe in the past, some­one who is re­ally vo­cal and has an aura. Ex­cept Miguel In­durain, I think most lead­ers have the same char­ac­ter but Chris al­ways finds a nice way to put things across. Of course he is well ed­u­cated and he tries to bal­ance his voice but when some­thing goes wrong he knows how to say it. He re­spects his team-mates a lot, and he knows he wouldn’t win with­out them. This isn’t just for Froome but for any­one in the Tour de France.”

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