Tour de France - Chris Froome: It's my race to lose now
Jul 21 2017 06:26 pm CET

Tour de France - Chris Froome: It's my race to lose now
Tour de France - Chris Froome: It's my race to lose now
Photo of Chris Froome by the A.S.O.

Chris Froome survived a relatively easy day on flat terrain and is looking forward to Saturday's time trial, in which he may well secure his fourth Tour de France victory.

The Team Sky leader had his teammates do the work to control the pace in the peloton, making sure that the escape group would stay ahead and avoid a potentially dangerous mass sprint.

"I think it was a good opportunity for us GC guys, having had a really tough times in the Alps, to regain a bit of energy and sit on the wheels today ahead of tomorrow's time trial," Froome said shortly after the finish.

The Briton believes that the time trial course in Marseille suits him if everything goes well.

"It's definitely a fast course. Very fast, a small climb. I think it suits me well. Not hugely technical, quite a power time trial. I certainly think someone like (Primoz) Roglic and Tony Martin could fight for the stage win tomorrow.

"Certainly at this point it is my race to lose so I just have to make sure I do everything right. Follow the right processes and hopefully just not have a bad day. If I've got the legs then hopefully everything else should be alright."

Froome may receive time checks from his team car throughout the race but realizes that what counts, in the end, is his own performance.

"Sometimes it's quite difficult to get time checks out on the course but either way I have to go as fast as I can," he concluded.


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