Astana: 'Chris Froome is not as strong as he was last year'

Fabio Aru's team see weakness in Froome

Chris Froome and Fabio Aru on stage 12 of the 2017 Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Chris Froome is not as strong in this 2017 Tour de France as he was in 2016, according to leading figures within Astana.

The Team Sky rider could not stay with his rivals on the steep grades to the Peyragudes summit finish on stage 12. He lost 22 seconds to the stage winner and slipped out of the yellow jersey, six seconds back on new leader Fabio Aru (Astana).

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