Cyclist Magazine Issue #21$4.95
Okay cycling fans – time to place your bets. Will Chris Froome take his third Tour de France victory this July? The bookies certainly seem to think so, placing him (at the time of writing) as the clear favourite ahead of Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and – fourth in the pecking order – our own Richie Porte. The Australian has a new team this year with BMC and has been given his first real chance to lead at the Tour, partnered with US team-mate Tejay van Garderen. The 31-year-old has long been touted as Australia’s next Grand Tour contender following his rookie years with Saxo Bank but, despite some stellar results in one-week races, he’s yet to deliver (over three weeks) on his potential.
Richie had a relatively strong start to the season Down Under with a stage win and second overall before heading back to Europe, via Oman, where he continued his steady build-up to La Grand Boucle – with mixed results. Porte and van Garderen used separate paths to fine-tune their Tour form, the Tasmanian sticking to his usual routine at the Criterium du Dauphine. The French warm-up race was his final outing ahead of Le Tour. With fewer competitive days in his legs, fresh motivation and a solid wingman in Tejay, could this finally be his year?
Should Froome win his third Tour de France, it will put him in the same league as legends such as Greg LeMond and Louison Bobet, and only two wins away from that magical ‘5’ that sits only beside the names Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault and Indurain. Still, as his interview with Cyclist reveals – find it on pages 72-80 – Froome probably isn’t too bothered by all that stuff. He’ll just be happy to get back to spending time with his new son – once he’s done with the toughest sporting event on the planet, of course.
Elsewhere in the mag you’ll find all the Big Rides, gear/bike reviews, opinions, interviews and more to get you pumped up for the big event. Enjoy!