Chris Froome: 'My Tour de France rivals probably think I'm weaker than before, but I feel like I'm fresher'

Froome says that the numbers and feeling say he's in good form, even if results have been hard to come by

Chris Froome (Team Sky) walks through the Tour de France headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, ready to start a fourth title bid Saturday even if his rivals "potentially" see him a bit weaker than in the previous years.

Froome, for the first time since becoming a Grand Tour challenger, comes into the Tour de France winless so far in the calendar year.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.