Tour Diary – Stage 16

It would seem that with a lead of over 4 minutes, Chris Froome’s Tour win may almost be guaranteed. But with still a week’s racing ahead of them, it seems he shouldn’t be too confident yet. Shortly after his win on Mont Ventoux, Saxo-Tinkoff’s directeur sportif Fabrizio Guidi stated that the winner is yet to be decided. “There are still opportunities in this race and we’re highly motivated” said the Italian. “Froome shouldn’t rest assure of the overall win just yet.” Saxo-Tinkoff’s confidence could be well-founded with Alberto Contador and Roman Kreuziger  still able to hold their own in the Alpes, but will it be enough?

The reduced numbers in Team Sky (now down to seven) have certainly weakened their team but they still remain very strong and most importantly have the strongest rider in the peloton in Chris Froome. The support of team mates Richie Porte and Peter Kennaugh will be critical in the final week. Froome is the only rider who hasn’t had a bad day since the Tour began, will his form and run of luck continue?



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