Froome building form ahead of Tour de France

Froome building form ahead of Tour de France



British Cycling Podium Programme rider Chris Froome feels he is coming into top form in time for the 'highlight' of his year, the Tour de France.

Froome missed Paris-Nice in April due to a chest infection but has since recovered and played a key role in Team Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins' victories at the Tour de Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphine.

"It’s been eventful to say the least but I think I’ve come out of it well and training these last couple of months has been really good," said Froome.

"Everything is just pointing forwards for me at the moment so I’m just really happy to be given the chance as part of such a strong team.

"It will certainly be the highlight for me this year. It’s just the one race that has so much hype around it, if you’re doing well there then it’s not because any of your competition is missing. All the top riders are there and everyone is on their best form, so it’s the place to perform."

Vuelta heroics

The partnership of Froome and Wiggins worked superbly at last year's Vuelta a Espana, where both riders finished on the podium in the general classification.

No British rider has ever won the Tour de France but Froome believes Wiggins is capable of becoming the first and plans to offer his team leader all the support he can.

"I played that role last year in the Vuelta towards the end of the year," said Froome.

"I just hope I can be there for him. If you look at his track record in the races this year he’s been unstoppable for the other teams.

"There’s absolutely no reason why he can’t do it going forward. So it makes it that much easier for us to do our jobs knowing that he can finish it off."

On his personal ambitions at the Tour, Froome added: "I’ll just see how the race goes and if an opportunity presents itself then for sure I’ll be there, but my main job will be to do whatever the team needs me to do."

Froome has been named in Great Britain's provisional squad for the Olympic road events and would relish the chance to ride on home soil in London.

"That would be another dream come true for me," he said. "I’ve never been to an Olympics so to do one in London would just be fantastic."