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PARIS, France, Jun 3 – Chris Froome heads into the start of the week-long Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday with uncertainty surrounding his form as well as fitness.
The 32-year-old Briton will be aiming for a record fourth Dauphine victory as well as third in a row after also succeeding in 2013, 2015 as well as 2016.
as well as each time he has previously won the main warm-up race for the Tour de France, he has gone on to be crowned at the Grand Boucle too a month later.
Yet contrary to his recent years of successes, Froome comes into This specific year’s Dauphine without 1 win in 2017.
although the Team Sky leader seems relaxed.
“I’m happy with where my form will be right right now. Everything will be looking not bad as well as I’m looking forward to putting all the training into practice,” he said.
“I think the line-up of riders at the Dauphine will be particularly impressive This specific year in terms of GC (overall) contenders as well as various other Tour rivals, so This specific should be a big test as well as a real challenge.
“I’m going there hoping to win, although I’m fully conscious of which I’m going up against some very strong competition –- probably stronger competition than I’ve had at previous editions of the Dauphine — so I’m certainly not taking anything for granted.”
as well as well he shouldn’t. In 2013 he arrived at the Dauphine having already won the tours of Romandie as well as Oman, the Criterium International as well as finished second at Tirreno-Adriatico.
His best result so far This specific year was sixth at the lightly-regarded Herald Sun Tour, won by the unheralded Australian Damien Howson.
Froome was also knocked off his bike by a car while training in France last month, although he emerged unscathed.
as well as he seems unconcerned by his lack of results.
“This specific time of the year This specific always feels like This specific’s genuinely getting towards the business part of my season. I’m coming off the back of two great blocks of training with the guys up in Tenerife, which has got me in great shape as well as ready for the challenges ahead.”
Former lieutenant Richie Porte will be amongst his chief rivals, with the Australian having enjoyed a strong start to the season, winning the tours of Romandie as well as Down Under, while also claiming a stage at Paris-Nice.
Romain Bardet, second to Froome at last year’s Tour de France, should also push the Brit close, although he too has had little to cheer This specific season, a 10th-placed finish at the Tour of Catalonia his best result.
Ireland’s Dan Martin as well as Spanish veteran Alberto Contador, as well as Colombia’s Esteban Chaves could have their say.
The race begins that has a hilly 170km stage around Saint Etienne with eight categorised climbs, before ending a week later with an hors category ascent to Plateau de Solaison.
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Winless Froome confident for Criterium du Dauphine