The Team Sky rider says his poor showing in the overall fight at the Tour de Romandie has no bearing on this year's Tour de France

Sky’s Chris Froome did not have the easiest week in Switzerland, but still left the Tour de Romandie with a stage win. He says he is not worried at all for the Tour de France despite losing to rival Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

Froome finished 38th overall, 21 minutes behind Quintana in the six-day stage race. However, he soloed away on the wet and cold queen stage to Villars-sur-Ollon.

“It has been a tough week for us as a team,” Froome said. “A couple of guys came straight out of the Classics and are still quite tired from the Classics. We’ve also been a bit unlucky. We had a few illnesses in the team this week. Our team has struggled this week, but I’m not at all worried about the Tour de France.”

Michal Kwiatkowski and Salvatore Puccio joined Froome after racing the Classics. Geraint Thomas raced only the Tour of Flanders as he is focusing on stage races and the Tour de France this year.

The Giro d’Italia starts this week, with Mikel Nieve set to travel from Switzerland to the start in the Netherlands to support leader Mikel Landa. Froome’s goal is still two months away in France.

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Some followers expressed concern when Quintana, second to Froome twice in the Tour de France, road away to win the mountain stage on day three. Froome lost contact and finished 17-30 minutes behind with Nieve for company. Prior to Villars-sur-Ollon, his only win had been in the lower-ranked Herald Sun Tour.

“I’m not necessarily here to show anything – I’m here more for myself for preparations going forward,” he explained. “Obviously my big goal is to be ready for July. I needed some good racing this week to set me up for that.”

The hard-fought stage win served to cool off the critics. He also attacked in the final stage and helped push away an escape yesterday.

Froome, clearly still happy with the effort in Romandie, wrote on Twitter on Monday, “I dedicate this combativity award to the people who call my riding style predictable & mundane.”

The next test may not be until June, when Froome will ride the Critérium du Dauphiné stage race. Quintana could be there too.

“The Romandie win gives us confidence and calmness,” Quintana said. “However, things can change before July and surely our rivals will bring powerful squads to the Tour.”

  • Norris Lockley

    Oh Come on Mr Froome…Wise up.

    The only reason that you won the stage is because the ‘big guns’ Quintana, Thibaut and the other top contenders, let you. You were certainly no threat at all to them on GC…so why would they expend any energy chasing you down.

    Think about !

  • Norris Lockley

    Froome lost 17 minutes because he is unable to sustain an attack unless accompanied by all his team mates to pull him along…he was a fish out of water in the Tour de Romandie..Time he retired and let someone with some charisma, such as Geraint Thomas, take over as team leader. Froome is soooo boooring to watch…

  • Michael

    He didn’t lose 17 minutes because of s puncture – unless he went to the local quickfit place.

  • SD

    Not one mention in this article that the main reason he lost loads of time was a puncture – poor article to be honest.

  • tony365

    Nice one Froomey, He is growing on me.