Chris Froome expects the mountain showdowns this weekend will shake up the general classification, with many of the main contenders for the Tour de France keeping their powder dry in the first Pyrénéean stage.
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“I imagine [Saturday’s] stage is a lot harder and there are some tired legs after today,” Froome said at the finish of stage seven. “Once we get into the Saturday’s and Sunday’s stage we’ll start to see some big gaps.”
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Quintana, who many believe to be Froome’s main rival for the 2016 Tour de France title kept quiet on Friday’s ascent of the Col d’Aspin as Steve Cummings rode to victory from the breakaway.
Team Sky also had a quite, but solid day in the saddle, with six riders in the front group come the finish line having controlled much of the stage with the Spanish team.
“I’m not necessarily surprised there weren’t attacks from Movistar,” Froome added.
“We’ve got a big weekend coming up and I think they’re thinking like our guys are – you’ve got to save something in the tank for what’s to come in the next few days.”