Froome: Each day is like a Classic in the Tour's opening week

Chris Froome will have a strong set Classics hardened riders around him to help him reacht he mountains after a treacherous first nine days of the Tour de France

Chris Froome and Wout Poels in action during Stage 7 of the 2015 Criterium du Dauphine

(Image credit: Watson)

Team Sky's Chris Froome wants to avoid a disaster like the one in the 2014 Tour de France that sent him home in the first week, before the race even reached the high mountains, and will rely on a Classics-strong team with riders like Geraint Thomas.

The first week in the 2015 Tour, starting Saturday in Utrecht, will be "crucial" for him if he wants to continue to fight for a second overall title when the race ends in three weeks in Paris.

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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.