Chris Froome will be one of the favourites for the 2015 Tour de France (opens in new tab), according to his General Classification rival Alberto Contador.
In an interview with the BBC’s Matt Slater (opens in new tab), the Vuelta a Espana champion dismissed claims that next year’s Tour route would not favour the Team Sky leader.
With Froome speculating that he may skip the Tour when the route was announced in October, Contador admits the spectacle of the Grand Boucle is somewhat diminished if the big names aren’t present.
“It's crucial for the sport that the strongest riders race against each other in the best races,” said Contador. “I think the Tour lost a little when Froome and me crashed.
“Some people have said (next year's route) isn't for Froome because there's no long time trial and it's more for the climbers.
“But Froome isn't a climber? Of course he is a climber. He was the best climber in 2013 and I still think he's the favourite for next year.”
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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