Froome on form for Tour de France - Brailsford


Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford believes Chris Froome remains in good shape for the Tour de France, despite a disappointing show at the Tour de Romandie.

Froome finished 21 minutes off Tour de Romandie winner Nairo Quintana last week and the 30-year-old is looking to bounce back, with the Tour de France, Rio Olympics and Vuelta a Espana all in his sights this season.

And Brailsford cited Froome's recovery from losing over 17 minutes on the second stage of the Swiss race to win stage four two days later as proof of his ability to challenge for the yellow jersey in July.
"That stage win gave him a lot of confidence, to bounce back like he did," Brailsford told Sky Sports.

"Every now and then with Chris you see these moments of real grit, and that is what we saw that day.

"I can't see why he wouldn't [win the Tour de France]. There are a couple of time trials in there, albeit they are not traditional time trials. Ventoux is somewhere he really likes going. He has been there before and, if he performs well up there, that could be good.

"I can't see any reason why he won't be rubbing his hands together. You have got to race what is in front of you. That is the great thing about the Tour de France - every year is different."

Former British Cycling director Brailsford backed Froome's ability to maintain peak form deeper into the season than normal.
"Overall, he is in a pretty good place," Brailsford added. 

"We came into the season thinking we are going to build slower and try to get through the Tour de France, maintain that level through the Olympics and into the Vuelta.
"In that sense, I would say the trajectory is on track and, mentally, he is as strong as anybody, so I think it's all looking good."