Chris Froome about Tour de France: It will be very nervous
Oct 17 2017 01:15 pm CET

Chris Froome about Tour de France: It will be very nervous
Chris Froome about Tour de France: It will be very nervous
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas /

Four-times Tour de France champion Chris Froome is expecting a very difficult and nervous Tour de France.

The Team Sky rider reacted to the route of the 2018 edition, which was unveiled at the Palais des congres in Paris, right at the famous Champs Elysees.

"It's still very early to say exactly what we're up against, but I wouldn't expect any different from the Tour de France organizers," he said.

"It's a Tour de France that really tests every aspect of cycling. Gravel roads, cobbles, a lot of maybe windy and dangerous stages in the first half of the Tour. And then obviously we go up into the Alps and the Pyrenees for some brutal mountain stages as well."

As is usually the case in the French grand tour, it will take a while for the peloton to get to the mountains with eight relatively flat stages awaiting the riders first.

"That's gonna make the Tour de France very nervous," Froome expects. "It's gonna be a very nervous race and that region around Bretagne and north western part of France is very windy, so that will play a big part as well."

The Briton did not win a stage in the 2017 edition of the race and asked about his chances of winning one in 2018, he pointed at the Alpe d'Huez stage as a possible candidate.

"I think the queen stage will most probably be the Alpe d'Huez stage with 5,000 meters of climbing. So I'd have to say that up there in the Alps will be the biggest challenge."


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