Tour de France - Chris Froome: I'm looking forward to the days in the Alps
Jul 18 2017 08:04 pm CET

Tour de France - Chris Froome: I'm looking forward to the days in the Alps
Tour de France - Chris Froome: I'm looking forward to the days in the Alps
Photo of Chris Froome by the A.S.O.

Current leader of the General Classification of the Tour de France Chris Froome is feeling good after the 16th stage and ahead of the next days in the Alps.

After a day full of action due to crosswinds, Team Sky's leader is already looking forward to the next stages in the Alps. "I believe these next two days are the biggest consecutive days in this year’s Tour de France," said the rider. "It’s hard to say exactly how selective they will be, or whether it will be a case of the four of us who are all within half a minute just chasing each other’s shadows.

"Or it could be blown wide open – that still remains to be seen. But on the upside I think both myself and Mikel Landa are feeling great coming into this last week of the race. Certainly for me that was the goal for of my preparations for the Tour – to come into the third week feeling the way I’m feeling now. I’m quite looking forward to these next few days in the Alps now."

The differences in the General Classification remained the same, except for Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) who dropped to the 7th position, after a shaky stage in which the crosswinds were the stars. "It was quite a crazy stage. With the selection coming not long after that climb with 20 kilometres to go, it meant that quite a lot of the GC guys were actually quite far up in the bunch, ready for that split.

"So maybe they weren’t the biggest differences on the GC that we could have expected on a crosswind stage, but at the same time I think a few guys in the top 10 – Dan Martin, Louis Meintjes – did get caught out unfortunately for them."




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