The 2013 Tour France champion Chris Froome is surely one of the most dangerous competitors in the esteemed race this year – but on the eve of 2014 Tour de France, the defending champ revealed that he too is tensed about his contenders, especially Alberto Contador.
The 31 year old Tinkoff-Saxo rider has twice been the Tour France champion in 2007 & 2009 while it was the first Tour France win for the 29-year-old Froome last year.
“I feel Alberto would be my greatest contender at the race. He has had a fantastic build-up yet it’s not just a 2-man race”, remarked the Tour France defending champ while asked about who he is fearing the most of late.
Technically, Contador is in a better position than Froome as per the UCI WorldTour rankings, according to the Where we ride website. In fact, the Tinkoff-Saxo rider is leading the individual rankings with 397 points. On the other hand, Froome is on a distant 15th with 163 points.
The Tour France 2014 is just to commence on July 5 from Yorkshire. There would be 21 stages all total of which 3 would be hosted by England. The England route would have participants riding from Leeds till Harrogate o July 5, York till Sheffield on July 6 & Cambridge till London on July 7. After that the race will shift to France & would finalize in the French capital on 27th July.
“The feeling of being the defending champ & having the home crowd backing you as you ride along is simply unparallel. That sort of send-off right at the start of this 3-week race would surely place us in a fantastic position”, Froome added.
Froome’s Tour France victory last year constituted the 2nd consecutive Tour France for Britain which was preceded by Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012.