Contador backing for Froome

Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (20/1 – Tour de France Outright) says Chris Froome is on another level to the rest of the field but insists he is riding clean.

Froome looks well set to claim his first Tour title after moving four minutes and 14 seconds ahead in the general classification with a magnificent display in Sunday’s punishing 15th stage up Mont Ventoux.

Contador, who is currently in third place, famously clawed back a deficit of more than two minutes to win last year’s Vuelta a Espana.

The Spaniard says he has a plan in place to attempt a famous repeat, though he also concedes it is unlikely given the form of leader Froome (1/20 – Outright).

“It is true there is a stage where I want to see what can happen,” he said. “It can be a good day to try something.

“There are two big differences between the Tour and the Vuelta. The first is the leader is a bigger distance ahead, and the second is that face to face, he is superior. At the Vuelta, we were at the same level.

“It is true that my objective here was to win, but the leader (Froome) is on a level above the rest of the people. Face to face, it is impossible to beat him.”

The 28-year-old was then forced to field questions regarding doping during Monday’s rest day and threatened to walk out of a press conference should he be asked more than two questions about the subject, such is his frustration at the issue currently clouding the sport.

“There is no reason to doubt Froome. He is a big professional,” he added. “He has a very high level. He has been at that level for the whole year. His performance is because of his work.”

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