Sky's Tour de France TTT: Froome to begin fightback, Thomas eyeing yellow

09 July 2018 03:54
Chris Froome emerged from the Team Sky bus in Mouilleron-Saint-German on Sunday morning to a throng of television cameras, all eager to discover how he was feeling after his dramatic crash towards the end of the opening stage. Froome assured everyone he was absolutely fine, and proceeded to the start line to embark on what turned out to be another chaotic stage, albeit one he came through unscathed. Staying upright was the order of the day, but it would not undo the more lasting damage of that crash, which was a deficit of 51 seconds to most of his rivals for the yellow jersey. As Team Sky directeur sportif Nicolas Portal noted, they find themselves on the unfamiliar ground of having time to make up at the Tour de France, with Froome having led from early on in all four of his victories.ADVERTISEMENT "It's something a bit new. Well, we had that situation a bit in the Giro for a while, but in the Tour it's something different for us," Portal said. "Chris is 51 seconds down. OK, we need to gain time, that's for sure. It's going to be in the team time trial, we hope, and it's going to be in the mountains, or maybe even in the crosswinds. We have to take some time back. When you look at Chris' Tour de France victories, except maybe last year, he has often had a big advantage, and you're trying to ride a little bit safer because it would be stupid to race hard, hard, hard. So it's something a bit new." The recuperation process starts on Monday with the 35-kilometre stage 3 team time trial in Cholet. On the rolling but fast course, Sky, who won the TTT at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné in resounding fashion, are expected to be in the mix for the stage win and to put time into the weaker GC teams. Thomas in pole position You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

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