Froome expects to lead Team Sky challenge for back-to-back Tour de France victories


Chris Froome is certain he will lead Team Sky's Tour de France challenge this summer ahead of defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The 27-year-old was runner-up last summer as Wiggins became Britain's first Tour winner.

Confident: Chris Froome is certain he will lead Team Sky¿s Tour de France challenge

Confident: Chris Froome is certain he will lead Team Sky¿s Tour de France challenge

Wiggins' focus in 2013 is on next month's Giro d'Italia and he is in line to support Froome in the 100th Tour, which begins in Corsica on June 29 and finishes in Paris on July 21.

'I am 100 per cent leader,' Froome told Sky Sports News. 'That hasn't changed since January. From what I understand, everyone has bought into that plan and that is the way we are going to go into the Tour.'

Froome is this week riding in the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland. It is a race Wiggins won last year ahead of his assault on the yellow jersey.

Chris Froome

Wiggins' initial focus in 2013 is the Tour of Italy's pink jersey, but should he come out of the Giro in peak condition, there is the potential for a leadership battle to unfold with Froome.Team Sky head of performance Tim Kerrison insisted the final decision over who leads the Tour squad will come ahead of the race start.

'We go into the race with the rider who we believe has the best chance of delivering as the designated leader,' Kerrison said.

'For the moment, we are preparing Bradley to ride the Giro and we are preparing Chris Froome to be the leader in the Tour de France.

'As we get closer to the event, we'll have a look again at the form of all our riders and make sure we have the strongest team to win the yellow jersey again.'



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Lots of drug slurs around the French websites today concerning Froome & Team Sky. Many posters are referring them to Team Sky=US Postal Service Team 2. Maybe Team Sky might be interested in looking into these slurs.

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wonder if wiggens knows about it ,sky are strong for the tour 2 riders with a chance to win ,they can work over the rest of the teams ,but it will surly be down to who is rideing well in the mountains ,,,,as long as it does not end up like the lemond hinault saga ,,,,but i am sure they are both english they will stick to there word if they give it ,,,,,,

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Well done today Chris. Set yourself up nicely for the win. Richie Porte didn't do too badly either in 4th position. Good luck

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