Chris Froome will definitely maybe lead Team Sky at this year's Tour de France confirms Sir Dave Brailsford (again)

There will be only one leader & management backs Froome on evidence to date but final line-up won't be confirmed till after Dauphine says Brailsford

by Tony Farrelly   May 6, 2013  

05 Chris Froome at the TDF 2013 launch © Simon MacMichael

If all goes to plan Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the Tour de France, that was the message from Sir Dave Brailsford via the Team Sky website in which he again reiterated Sky's intention to at the very least podium in all of this year's grand tours.

Brailsford described the process to decide who will lead at the Tour (and presumably any other race too) as "evidence based" and once again confirmed that in the eyes of Team Sky's management on current evidence Froome is the man for the job:

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

“Taking that into consideration and given Chris’ step up in performances this year, our plan, as it has been since January is to have him lead the Tour de France team.

However, the Team Sky principal also pointed out that the final selection of the nine riders for the Tour would not take place until after the Dauphine stage race in a few weeks' time. So while Sky's backing for Froome to lead at the Tour is probably as unequivocal as it prudently can be, given the nature of professinal sport it does come with a measure of qualification.

So far this year Froome has won the Tour of Oman, Criterium International, and most recently the Tour of Romandie. Barring a crash or a sudden catastrophic loss of form, Froome must surely know that he is Sky's man for the Tour and so must Sir Bradley. Last week as Wiggins made his final Giro preparations, Froome was recceing stage 15 of this year's Tour which includes the climb of Mont Ventoux.

While backing Froome to lead at the Tour, Brailsford was also careful to sugar the pill for Sir Bradley Wiggins - if any sugar was needed. Wiggins is currently seeking to win the Giro and last week while preparing for the off seemed to throw a spanner in the works of Sky's well oiled machine by suggesting he wanted to defend his Tour de France title. From the outside this looked like Wiggins going back on the agreement, informal or otherwise, that he would ride for Froome at this year's Tour in return for Froome's support when he won last year. Clearly, it looked like that to those close to Froome too, with Michelle Cound, Froome's partner, calling on Brailsford to sort things out. This he has now done. Up to a point.

“We're in a fantastic position - we have two of the best GC riders in the world and they are both great racers with a competitive will to win,” said the Team Sky boss.

“Since the start of season, Bradley's performance plan has focused around training specifically to try and win the Giro and then ride the Tour, whilst Chris’ has been focused on attempting to win the Tour.

“Now we're here - the Giro has started and Bradley has done a brilliant job of getting in the best-possible condition for his assault on the race,”  he told the Team Sky website.

“Everyone here is 100% focused on this race and the next three weeks,” he added.

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Very clever wording by DB. Very nuanced.

posted by Sam1 [206 posts]
7th May 2013 - 9:39

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Agreed, neither will be miffed with that.

Froome's mrs, on the other hand... Big Grin

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2662 posts]
7th May 2013 - 11:59

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I don't know if I have the stength for another Mrs Froome verbal assault this year. At least Mrs Cavendish is out the picture...

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posted by mr-andrew [293 posts]
7th May 2013 - 12:03

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mr-andrew wrote:
I don't know if I have the stength for another Mrs Froome verbal assault this year. At least Mrs Cavendish is out the picture...

And Cath Wiggins took herself off Twatter at the same time as Brad. But you'll never get Madame Froome off Twatter - so very much to say for herself... Yawn

posted by Sam1 [206 posts]
7th May 2013 - 20:59

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Reckon if Sir Bradley feels good, he'll be number one Devil

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posted by mingmong [178 posts]
8th May 2013 - 10:51

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Finally, the secret to Froome's massive improvement over the past 3 years or so. He has acquired the motivation to train longer, often alone and in relative peace. Come July we can all thank Ms Cound for her contribution.

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posted by arrieredupeleton [521 posts]
8th May 2013 - 10:56

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how about this for the tour line up

Froome (team leader)
Wiggins (No 1 as winner)
Porte
Siutsou
EBH
Hayman / Thomas
Kiryenka
Stannard
Eisel

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2488 posts]
8th May 2013 - 10:58

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stannad isnt racing this year....they are going to use him to tow the bus around france!

posted by mrchrispy [269 posts]
8th May 2013 - 12:29

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