Bernhard Eisel hoping to make 10th career Tour appearance

Bernhard Eisel at the team car, Tour of Qatar 2013, stage 3

Bernhard Eisel is counting on experience as much as anything to earn him selection in Sky's Tour de France team that will attempt to win a second consecutive race title from the end of this month.

The 32-year-old has been training as if he will be selected to make a 10th career appearance at the centenary edition of the race in which team-mate and 2012 runner-up Chris Froome is aiming to go one better in the absence of champion Bradley Wiggins.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.