Froome fit and raring to go

Christopher FroomeChris Froome insists he has now recovered from last month’s fall and is determined to use the experience to his advantage as he defends his Tour de France title (Froome 10/11 – Tour Outright).

The 29-year-old was involved in a nasty crash on stage six of the Criterium du Dauphine, which resulted in him losing the yellow jersey on the next stage and ultimately finishing down the field.

The tumble dented the South African-born ace’s body and confidence and came just at the wrong time as he was looking for a confidence-boosting win ahead of the world’s greatest road race.

But he made it clear that he has now recovered physically and mentally having flown to Yorkshire for Saturday’s ‘Grand Depart’.

“I’m more or less recovered,” he said. “It definitely was a knock to me. It did take me a while to start feeling normal again on a bike after that crash. I’m confident that’s behind me now.”

Froome’s main challenge will probably come from Spain’s two-time winner Alberto Contador, who is on offer at 7/4, while 29-year-old Italian Vincenzo Nibali (7/1) has also been tipped to do well.

But having suffered the fall, Froome now feels that time off the road spent recovering will actually aid his chances in the prestigious race.

“It definitely was a setback but I have come through that now,” he added. “And, if anything, it is going to mean I’m that bit fresher coming into the Tour.”

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