By: Daniel Benson
Team Sky leader: I'm going to give it everything
After a bruising final stage in the Pyrenees Chris Froome (Team Sky) will be looking to assert a greater level of control over his Tour de France rivals during today's individual time trial to the picturesque spot of Mont-Saint-Michel.
The maillot jaune currently holds a 1:25 lead over Alejandro Valverde
and 1:51 over Alberto Contador. However come the end of the
33-kilometre test against the clock, Froome could well be between three
and four minutes ahead of his nearest rivals.
"Honestly I've not really thought too much about what to expect from
the time trial. I'm just going to go out there and give it absolutely
everything," Froome said during his stage 10 press conference, admitting
that the responsibility of leading the Tour has been a position he's
Froome may even win the stage, with Tony Martin still suffering from
his crash earlier in the race and a lack of other time trial specialists
in the field. However the most important target for the Team Sky leader
is gaining time on his overall rivals, and every second gained will
alleviate the pressure on his team which struggled to contain Valverde
and company on stage nine in the Pyrenees.
"Time trialing is one of those things, whereby the more you do it,
the better you get at it. The better you have of your own feelings, your
body and your own pace," Froome explained.
"This year I've done a few races in similar kind of time trials and I
don't think there's any real secret to it. You can make small
advantages with equipment, we've got a new time trial bike this year and
I've spent a bit of time in a wind tunnel, which I've never done
before. All these things add up and the time trial is a day that I want
to target and I want to go for it."
A blueprint for the end result may come from last month's Dauphine in
which Froome put considerable distance between himself, and his GC
I know how I got ready for this Tour de France
While Froome has been quizzed on the race he has also been peppered
by questions on doping, the shadow of Geert Leinders and cycling's
blatantly murky past. Team principal Dave Brailsford has worked hard to
soak up as much pressure, perhaps in light of Bradley Wiggins outburst during last year's Tour in which he hit out at those that questioned him.
Froome, is a different rider to Wiggins both in style and personality
but acknowledged that questions, just like the attacks on the road,
will keep coming and that until the Tour finishes in Paris he is likely
to field both.
"I personally didn't have much contact with Leinders so I can't
really comment but naturally people are going to ask questions in
cycling given the history, when great performances have been linked with
doping in the past," he said on the rest day.
"Naturally we're bearing the brunt of those questions. I feel the
sport has moved on and I feel that what I'm doing is right. I know how
I've got ready for this Tour de France and I know the stage I won will
never be stripped from me. Outside of that I don't know what else I can
Article Source: Cycling News