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Froome hopes for 'incredible' fourth Tour victory

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 01:04

Three-times Tour de France champion Chris Froome is setting his sights on another yellow jersey.

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SHOWS: LONDON ENGLAND, UK (JUNE 22, 2017) (TEAM SKY HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRIS FROOME SAYING: "It would just be incredible to win a fourth Tour. A lot of people say it's just another number but each Tour to me tells a different story, it's a different battle in terms of getting that yellow jersey and then trying to hold onto it. Each Tour is just so unique so to get a fourth victory would just be incredible." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRIS FROOME SAYING: "I don't think this year's course necessarily suits me as well as previous Tour de France courses have. I say that because of the lack of mountaintop finishes and also the lack of time trial kilometres. But having said that it means it's going to ber a much closer race, a lot more exciting for the fans and I'm just going to have to make sure I'm absolutely at my best to take advantage of any situations out on the road." STORY: Chris Froome will have the benefit of a formidable Team Sky support crew as the Briton seeks a fourth Tour de France victory next month. The British outfit confirmed its rider lineup on Thursday for the race, which starts in Dusseldorf on July 1, with specialist climbers Michel Landa and Mikel Nieve from Spain and Colombia's Sergio Henao all included. Fellow Briton and trusted sidekick Geraint Thomas, who crashed out of the Giro d'Italia after being brought down by a police motorbike, also makes the list as does Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, who like Thomas is known for his versatility. The squad is completed by Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus), Christian Knees (Germany) and Luke Rowe (Britain). "The Tour de France is a special race and it would just be incredible to win it for a fourth time," Froome, 32, winner in 2013, 2015 and 2016, said in a Team Sky statement. Team Principal Dave Brailsford will be hoping for a smooth ride over the three-week race after a rocky year in which he became embroiled in the so-called "jiffy bag saga". Mastermind of Team Sky's Tour dominance, Brailsford has been under fire for failing to prove what was in a medical package ordered by a team doctor at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine. Team Sky and British Cycling have both been subjects of an investigation by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) into allegations of wrongdoing in the sport. Both denied any doping violations. Sky's hopes of winning the Giro were also scuppered when Thomas and Landa were involved in a crash.

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Froome hopes for 'incredible' fourth Tour victory

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 01:04