Chris Froome: Dauphine this year is a mini Tour de France

Chris Froome, Tour de Romandie 2013

Reaffirmed Sky Tour de France leader Chris Froome will take more than a possible win from the Critérium du Dauphiné with his Tour title shot to commence in less than a month.

Froome will enter the Dauphiné on the back of training and alongside key lieutenants, some of whom are likely to support him at Le Grand Boucle where he hopes to go one better than his second place finish to teammate Bradley Wiggins last year.

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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.