Chris Froome and Sky ready for 'tough' Tour de France team time trial

Chris Froome is hoping to keep hold of the 2015 Tour de France race lead after Sunday's team time trial, but expects a strong challenge from Tejay van Garderen's BMC squad

Team Sky on stage three of the 2015 Criterium du Dauphine

(Image credit: Watson)

Tour de France leader Chris Froome has said that Team Sky are ready for today's key team time trial stage in Brittany, but predicts a hard fight to retain the yellow jersey - not least from overall rival Tejay van Garderen and his BMC squad.

The undulating TTT route from Vannes to Plumelec finishes with a 1.7-kilometre climb, Côte de Cadoudal, which will drain riders of any energy they have left after nine straight days of racing. The TTT stage usually appears earlier in the race, so fatigue and injury will play a part in deciding the outcome of this key stage.

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