Reuters/Le Puy-en-Velay, France
After narrowly averting disaster in the Massif Central, Chris Froome believes he is ready for the final stretch of the Tour de France with a handful of rivals breathing down his neck.
The Tour will hit its last mountain range, the Alps, with a couple of gruelling stages tomorrow and Thursday, and the defending champion still has the yellow jersey on his shoulders. He also has a virtual extra advantage in the form of Saturday’s final time trial in Marseille, a strong event for the British rider.
Things went pear-shaped for the three-time champion on Sunday when he dropped out of the main contenders’ group due to a mechanical problem. But he eventually powered his way back just before the top of the last climb.
“That was a huge save. I think I’m really, really grateful I’ve gone through yesterday,” Froome told reporters on Monday, the second rest day of the three-week race.
“If I hadn’t reached that front group by the top of that climb, I don’t believe I would have made it to the finish line in yellow.”
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