Cancellara backs 'super skilled' Froome for fourth Tour win


Chris Froome's dominance at the Tour de France can see him add to his three general classification triumphs in the coming years, according to Fabian Cancellara.

After helping Bradley Wiggins to the 2012 GC, Froome has emerged as Team Sky's lead rider, and his performances have brought Tour victories in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Froome's dominance of this year's Tour saw him take the win on the Champs-Elysees in Paris by over four minutes from Romain Bardet, the British rider having worn yellow for the final 14 stages.

While the likes of Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador were expected to challenge the 31-year-old, none were able to match his impressive climbing ability, time trialling speed and new-found love for descending.

Cancellara was not surprised to see Froome on the top of the podium again, and expects him add to his tally and get close to the five titles won by cycling legends Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain and Jacques Anquetil.

Speaking to Omnisport, the retiring Swiss rider said: "I think he [Froome] has shown so much strength and a professional way of riding, he has shown that he is the strongest man [in the peloton].

"He is super good at climbing and he can handle the time trialling. He [has] won twice the Tour and he will win again the Tour in my opinion. If it's next year or not next year, he will be one of the riders that will be a contender to win again.

"He not only has the talent, a lot of riders have talent, but has all the different capacities you need to have to go on for a Tour. It's not just about riding a bike and you win the race, it's so much more than that. He is super skilled to win a Tour.

"We have seen Quintana and other riders who can challenge him. We will have to see for next year if they can push him more. 

"Every day has to be perfect, you have to be organised for months ahead and Chris has a lot of strengths that are needed to challenge the other riders."