Chris Froome: 'It feels like I'm in good shape now'

Team Sky leader and defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome says he is happy with his form after finishing third on the opening stage mountain prologue in the 2016 Critérium du Dauphiné

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Despite being beaten into third place on the stage by Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and former teammate Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Chris Froome (Team Sky) says he is happy with his form following the opening stage prologue of the 2016 Critérium du Dauphiné.

The severe 4km uphill time trial, featuring gradients of 25 per cent, was Froome's first race outing since the Tour de Romandie at the end of April and he finished 13 seconds down on the Spaniard and seven seconds down on the Australian.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.