It’s Froome’s to lose which is great news for us Brits

Chris Froome carries British hopes of the Tour de France title

Chris Froome carries British hopes of the Tour de France title

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It is Chris Froome’s Tour to lose.

It is basically up to him to stay upright on the bike.

Provided he doesn’t have one really bad day, he should win the 100th Tour.

His right-hand man is Richie Porte. They are very good friends and training partners – and he is not a bad plan B for Team Sky if something goes wrong.

Alberto Contador’s form has been a little in and out but he is only there for one thing and that is to win.

On paper, it is between those two.

Cadel Evans, the 2011 champion, was allegedly at the Giro d’Italia just for prep for the Tour but he surprised us all there and finished third.

He was so relaxed, there was no pressure on him.

BMC also have Tejay van Garderen and who knows what he could have done last year if he hadn’t had to help a struggling Evans.

It is very hard to see outside of that.

Ryder Hesjedal looked really good in the first few stages of the Giro, Garmin were trying to hold him back but then he just blew a gasket.

So it is all about Froome, for me, and let’s hope so because it is great for us and the sport at home.

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