Endurance: Team Sky

Froome happy to avoid yellow as gap opens

July, 2, 2013
Chris FroomeBryn Lennon/Getty ImagesChris Froome is satisfied with Team Sky's performance through four stages at the Tour de France.
NICE, France -- Tour de France favorite Chris Froome (Sky) and the man tipped to be his closest challenger, Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), both declared themselves satisfied with their performances in Tuesday’s fourth-stage team time trial around Nice.

The flat, 25-kilometer race around the city was won by the Orica-GreenEdge team, allowing stage 3 winner Simon Gerrans to seize the yellow jersey.

Sky was third-quickest on the day, leaving Froome just three seconds off the pace in the general classification as the Tour begins to move along the Mediterranean coast towards the Pyrénées.

Meanwhile, Contador and his Saxo team lie a further six seconds back.

"The main objective of today was to come through without having lost any time on the big contenders, but we've actually come through it having gained a bit of time. So that's a fantastic thing," said Froome.

It looked at one point as though Sky might sneak ahead of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team of Mark Cavendish before both were outdone by Orica, but the Kenya-born Froome insisted he was happy at not being in the yellow jersey for the moment.

"If we had taken yellow it would have been by just a few seconds and it would have meant that we would have to be on the front for the next few days, possibly spending quite a lot of energy to defend only a few seconds," he said. "So I think in a way it's a good thing we didn’t end up in the yellow jersey."

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Froome eager to fill Wiggins' void in France

June, 28, 2013
Wiggins-Froome Bernard Prevost/Presse Sports/US PresswireChris Froome, right, is settling into the Team Sky captain's chair vacated by Bradley Wiggins.
PORTO VECCHIO -- Chris Froome stood in front of a phalanx of photographers and TV cameras Thursday a little bit in awe of all the fuss.

"Good thing I am not camera shy," Froome later joked.

Froome was sitting in the hot seat, the exact same place where Sir Bradley Wiggins sat one year ago, just weeks before becoming the first British rider to win the Tour de France.

The Kenyan-born Froome inherits the weight of expectation that comes with being the pre-ordained favorite from Wiggins, who is not even back to defend his yellow jersey.

With it comes the pressure, expectations, and stress as the Tour favorite, but Froome seems to be taking it all in stride.

"There's not much you can do to be ready for this type of hype," Froome said. "It's very different to the other races on our calendar. This is a bit of a surprise to see all this."

Unlike Wiggins, who gritted his teeth under the media pressure that came with Tour success, Froome seems unfazed by the crush of cameras and nosy questions

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Christopher FroomeFabrice Coffrini/Getty ImagesChris Froome looks to better his runner-up finish in the 2012 Tour de France when he leads Team Sky.
MANCHESTER, England -- Bradley Wiggins' chances of retaining his Tour de France title receded on Monday when teammate Chris Froome was chosen Team Sky's leader for cycling's biggest race.

Team principal Dave Brailsford ended months of speculation by saying the British-based team would stick to the plan to go with Froome.

"As always, the team selection is a management decision and it will be evidence-based," Brailsford said. "However it is crucial there is clarity of purpose and for that reason we will go to the Tour with one leader."

Wiggins, the Olympic time-trial champion, left Team Sky in an awkward position last week when he said he was hoping to pull off a rare Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double this year. That statement came despite Froome lined up as the team's No. 1 at the Tour after finishing runner-up in 2012.

Froome reacted the same day by saying he had been "reassured by the management ... that I have their full backing" as Team Sky's leader for the Tour.

Froome is widely considered a better climber and has powered to overall victories at the Tour of Oman, Criterium International and Tour de Romandie this season.

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