Chris Froome, Tour of Beijing, stage three

If you were none the wiser, the sight of Chris Froome working tirelessly for Bradley Wiggins during the recent Tour of Romandy could have fooled you into thinking that this season has been business as usual for the Kenyan-born Brit.

Having made his name after doing something similar for the opening two weeks of last year's Vuelta, Froome's reprising of that role came after a start to 2012 that has been anything but plain sailing.

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